Born Judith Ann Ormrod in Ashton in Makerfield. Lancashire in the days of outside loos (with newspaper), larders in place of fridges, Rag and Bone Men and pigeons instead of telephones!
I was brought up to date on marrying Michael Brereton 24 years later (a city boy from Liverpool and already in the 21st Century!)
Considering all this its quite surprising that technology is one of my favourite things! But it is. I can boast being the person to introduce colleagues to the iPad at Leslie Manser School in Lincoln where I taught for twenty something years.
My other interests are Photography, art and walking. I love the countryside and nature.
Now retired, I have two delightful daughters and one equally delightful little granddaughter.
My delightful little Granddaughter, Maia Sian is to blame (if you don't like my books) or to thank if you do!
I didn't put pen to paper until she was born but now cant stop!
It all started a year ago. Maia was eighteen months old and I suddenly felt the urge to write stories for her. I needed a character to write about and, being rather an impatient creature, had to have it there and then. So, after rummaging around I found a pair of red tights, ripped open a pillow and an hour later the first 'Jumble' was made. I called her Maisie.
Maisie needed friends and so the Jumbles multiplied and now we have about six plus lots of Jumble Tufts and, of course Lizzie Witch.
Lizzie Witch was born a few months after the others in preparation for Halloween and she has become one of the favourites. She is a great character to write about! There are currently three Lizzie Witch books and I'm just writing a third which is set in Singapore and about snails and spirals and pagodas!
The JumbleTufts are also great fun and there are two books about them and a third on the way.
'The Problem with Pedro Pear' is part of a series I wrote during a story writing workshop I held for children .The series is called, 'Five a Day Hill' and features little fruit and vegetable characters. All the stories have a moral. They are illustrated using ordinary pencil crayons and formatted using the app. 'Book Creator'. The aim of the workshop was to give children the tools and the confidence to write, illustrate and publish their own short stories.
My books are designed to be shared with the under-fives. They are fun to read but also educational. For example the book entitled, 'Lizzie Witch and Tufty the Caterpillar' introduces children to the magic and mystery of metamorphosis. The books also include links to instructions to make one of the characters.
Lizzie and the other Jumbles also feature in programmes on my learning channel so children can watch the characters from the books 'come to life' and learn more about them at the same time.
Lizzie performs 'magic' which is really clever science and a great way of introducing science and nature to little ones.
Maisie Jumble is in charge of getting little ones in the kitchen and interested in food while Alfie, Georgie and Freddie introduce fun art and craft programmes.
All programmes on the channel are free.