|Leonie Young writes . . .
I was always in trouble at school for daydreaming. One of my teachers once said to my mother that if I ever woke up I’d be brilliant! Well, I’m glad to say that hasn’t happened, I still find myself daydreaming out the window.
Although my childhood was surrounded by books and stories, I never read much myself when I was young, mainly because I couldn’t sit still long enough. My father was a publisher, and many a breakfast was spent discussing his latest book. My mother was a great storyteller and when she read us stories she’d get so excited, waving her arms and yelling the exciting parts. I sometimes thought she’d forgotten we were there. She made every story so dramatic my brother and sister and I could hardly breathe, waiting to hear what happened next.
When I had my own children, I wanted them to learn about some of the amazing people in history, which is why I wrote my first book, I Wish I’d Sailed with Captain Cook. With all the Been There, Done That titles children can find out about these famous people’s lives and how they reached their dreams.
These days I live on Narrabeen Beach with my three children, Jason, Peter and Michael. We love the sand between our toes and the sound of the waves at night. I write most of my stories sitting at my computer looking out the window at the surf, that is, when it’s my turn. Sometimes it’s hard to get on the computer when the kids are up to level 6 of their computer games. But we’ve worked out a good system to stop the arguments....we all get half an hour each!