Writing a book, any book, is not easy. It is an intense labour of love, energy and, above all, dedication. I cannot begin to count the number of times that my wife has, in good grace and patience, heard the phrase; ‘I’ve got an idea for a book’. Often those ideas have been lost in an ever-growing box of half-filled note pads (trust me it exists).

But it is not just Helen who has heard those famous last words. My addiction to them started as a young child when, after reading the Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton, I was inspired to put pen to paper. I will never forget my mum, on examination of my first story, carefully schooling her expression, and saying,

“Well, I can tell you were excited to write this. But you probably need to slow your brain down, it’s about three sentences ahead of your pen”.

Throughout my life writing has been a safety blanket, something to turn to during times of boredom and stress. When I was at University, I would use it as a way of escaping the pressures of my degree. Often sitting on the bus or at a café with pen and paper in hand.

While I always knew I wanted to write, to be an author, it was not until my children were born that this desire became an urgent need. I wanted to write something for them, to show them just how much I love them. The first three books in the What Does Series were created to help give them both confidence in their reading ability and to open their eyes to the world around them.

What Does A Caterpillar Do? was different. Writing it was one of the hardest things I have ever done. But it was a book I knew I had to write and finish, I just wished with all my heart that I didn’t.

When I first mentioned the concept to my wife I, of course, used that time worn phrase; ‘I have got an idea for a story’. Her response; ‘What can I do to help?’.

What Does A Caterpillar Do? was written in honour of Chloe and Aubrey Berry. It was the number one best-selling children’s book in Canada on its release with all profits donated to the Victoria Child Abuse Prevention and Counselling Center.