A little more about author Debi Evans
Originally from Surrey and attained a BA(Hons) degree in Combined Arts at Leicester University, I spent 20 years living in Dubai and enjoyed all that expat life had to offer, bringing up three children in the UAE.
Currently living in Marlborough, Wiltshire and embracing the vibrant community and beautiful countryside I find on my doorstep. After such a long exile in the desert clime, I am overwhelmed by the beauty of nature and the Big Outdoors.
My children are all but grown up now, and so I rescued a Jack Russell from Dog’s Trust as the ‘fourth child’ five years ago and he is my inspiration for The Secret Adventures of Rolo, coupled with my love of history and desire to spark an interest in history in primary school children. It has been a bonus to discover that adults enjoy reading about Rolo's historic encounters as much as the target 7-12 age group!
I have for many years represented Child’s Play educational books and promoted them by means of storytelling. Since writing my own books I have spent the past ten years visiting primary schools in the UK, Middle East, China and Indonesia, inspiring children to embark upon their own creative writing using the idea of dragons hiding in dragon shaped objects.
I confess to enjoying the face to face empowering of young minds in the classroom more than the physical act of writing! The beauty of writing fantasy adventure is that imagination has no limit and this is what I try to get across to the children I meet.
I also enjoy conducting creative writing workshops with Key Stage 2 children, hoping to unlock their imagination and share a few writing tips. The smallest observation can set a lively imagination on a fantasy adventure which knows no bounds!
New for 2017: I am an approved speaker on the Wiltshire and Berkshire WI circuit and willing to travel further afield to talk to adult groups about my inspiration to write books. Please contact me for more details.