YOU don’t have to be silly to write children’s books, but it helps.
Termina Ashton is the author of popular children’s book Medwin’s Room and has chosen Emerald as her new home, and possible source of inspiration for her next book.
Termina came up with the idea for Medwin’s Room when she was decorating a house that had an empty concrete slab in the middle that she just couldn’t think of a use for.
In her imagination it became a magic slab that transported a family to different dimensions where they had to collect puzzle pieces to free Medwin, who is trapped in another dimension.
That daydream was turned into a word file and that file was turned into a book, which is growing more and more popular.
Her career highlight so far has definitely been an interview with Oprah.
Medwin’s Room was chosen to be included in Oprah’s Book Club and part of that process was a web cam interview with the Queen of talk show TV herself.
“She was very down to earth, a real person,” she said.
“She was not intimidating at all.”
Her favourite part of being an author so far has been the book signings.
“They are a lot of fun, even the adults come up and tell me what they love about the book,” she said.
Termina is working on the final chapter of her second novel. After that she plans to write a third Medwin book and a series of children’s picture books.
“When it comes to writing children’s books I just remember being a child,” she said.
“We were all children once and we just need to remember.
“Sometimes we can be so serious.”
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