Writing for children: How author David Ashby does it
Writing for children can be a tricky business, but David Ashby has a refreshingly organic approach to the way he writes his stories. David’s debut novel is published by Pushkin Press and he is currently working on his second novel.
Believe in yourself and never give up!
David talks about
How he juggles writing children’s books with his other jobs, including translating, proofreading and teaching English to adults in Sweden.
How he came to write a children’s book when the majority of his work is with adults
His writing process and how his first book came about in a really organic way
How he came to be published by Pushkin as a first time author
How his writing process is different with the second book
Longhand versus computer writing
How he manages the mind shift between his work and his children’s books writing
Why he uses Word to write in instead of writing specific software
Deviating from the original plot and making changes when necessary
Character names and where he gets them
How he deals with writerly self-doubt and moments of panic
Platform building and social media
Words of wisdom for budding writers
You can find David at
If you enjoyed David’s interview, you might also like to listen to these authors who write for children:
Jodi Lynn Anderson - award winning teenage fiction (traditionally published)
Joanne MacGregor - young adult and adult fiction (hybrid author)
Lisa Reinicke - award winning children’s books (self-published)
Fiona Ingram - award winning children’s books (self published)