Shelley Macbryde grew up in the north of England during a time when everyone had the same haircut and wore clothes that looked like curtains. For her 8th birthday all she wanted was a Raleigh Chopper bike but instead she got a Space Hopper which sent her into a terrific sulk.
Just like Maisie, at school Shelley was often getting told off for daydreaming. But dreams aren’t such a bad thing; hers took her to more than 30 countries before deciding she liked England the best.
Despite all of that not concentrating Shelley still managed to get a degree in Spanish and other languages which, during her travels, came in rather handy when ordering stuff in restaurants.
Nowadays Shelley lives in Chester. She spends some of her time teaching, but mostly looks after her young daughter and husband. And although her husband objects to her saying this, Shelley firmly believes that people who cannot operate a washing machine have no business objecting to anything.
Maisie McDonald’s Diary is her first book.