In his new book Ruby and the Pen, David Lawrence skillfully infuses his own life experiences into a magical narrative, creating a relatable and imaginative story that resonates with young readers.

What do you love about writing children's books?

It’s fun! The readers in this age group have wonderful imaginations, allowing me to create characters and situations that are quirky yet still relatable. My family and friends often say I ‘never grew up’, so my passion for writing children’s books isn’t very surprising. I love interacting with kids who have read my books – they often know the plots and characters in far more detail than I do! There’s nothing better than hearing from a child (or more often their parent) that one of your books was the reason they started reading.

What inspired you to write Ruby and the Pen?