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Told at 23 we couldn't have children, my husband and I quit our jobs, camped around England until we found where we wanted to settle and took jobs merely to pay the bills and have the days free. At 30 we went to university, as undergraduates. Since then, I have spent most of my professional life as a self-employed researcher and trainer in the education, museums and libraries sectors. Our daughter arrived when I was 40!
Although my work involved writing research papers, I'd never tried writing anything else. Sitting working at my computer one day, the name 'Tolly' quite literally came into my head and I had this overwhelming compulsion to write about her. Having received genuinely unexpected positive feedback and some great advice from adults and children, I wrote more stories about Tolly, with the hope that they would give young children as much enjoyment hearing/reading them, as I had in writing them.
Children's own stories and pictures about Tolly can be added at: http://tollysworld.weebly.com/your-page.html
Blog at: http://tollys-world-and-mine.blogspot.com