"As a kid, I read voraciously," Dimity tells me. "Stories weren't just portals into different times and places; they were my best friends, which is not as sad as it sounds. I was never more comfortable or assured of myself than when I was deep in a story. That's the sort of magical feeling I enjoy recreating for kids. Sharing stories, feeding wonder, allowing joy and emotions to bloom, not to mention reliving favourite memories; all this creates tremendous job satisfaction. I'm very lucky."
"It seemed an impossibly difficult subject to translate into an entertaining children's story and then convince publishers to back," Dimity says. But with dogged determination and after many rewrites, Dimity had her story, and a publishing company, EK Books, decided to back it.