Writing an environmentally friendly book was inspired by my mum and my love for the environment. As a child I loved gardening and spent a lot of time playing in the park or garden. I had my own garden patch and we had a lovely lavender hedge and compost heap. Gardening is still my passion as well as writing and travelling. My Beautiful Island is the first book I have written and it has been so much fun doing book events in libraries and incorporating it in literacy/music lessons in school.