Born Judith Ann Ormrod in Ashton in Makerfield. Lancashire in the days of outside loos, larders in place of fridges, Rag and Bone Men and old fashioned telephone boxes.
After training as a teacher and marrying Michael Brereton I moved first to Parbold in Lancashire, then to Lincoln and finally here, to Umbria in Italy where I live with my husband (the same one) and lots of 'Jumbles' in a very crowded but adorable and very happy little house.
We have two delightful daughters and equally delightful granddaughter and grandson.
My books are 'different' in that the illustrations are very simply drawn using ordinary pencil crayons or they may consist of photographs taken on an iPad or phone and adapted using free apps. I use the app. 'Book Creator' to compose, edit and convert before publishing to Amazon as ebooks. I do all this because I am passionate about motivating kids to 'have a go' themselves. To be creative and proactive rather than passive. With just a little support they can make their own 'Jumbles' toys, film their own programmes, write and illustrate and publish their own stories.
My delightful little Granddaughter, Maia Sian is to blame (if you don't like the 'Jumbles' or my books) or to thank if you do! She is also to blame for the overcrowding in Jumble House.
It all started when 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 Jumble because she was made out of Jumble!
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 Jumble Tufts are great fun and perfect for children to make and enjoy as 'puppets'. They currently feature in two books and a third is 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 apps. 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.
All my books have links to videos on my channel demonstrating how 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 and there are also lots of Art and Craft programmes and learning programmes for pre-school children.
Currently my books are only available as ebooks on Amazon. I do have printed soft-backed copies available from Jumble House and from my website.
I recently began using my Jumbles toys to teach English on my website: www.jumblefunenglish.com and some of the books have been translated into Italian.
All programmes on the channel are free.