"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."
Dimity has published over 27 stories so far, including short stories, junior novels, and digital narratives. But her favourite stories to write are picture books. "Picture books are my all-time obsession: to read, to write, to wax lyrical about," she says. "For me, they are exquisite works of art able to express any emotion and notion, in engaging, entertaining and inspiring ways. Pure magic."
At the End of Holyrood Lane
Dimity's latest picture book is exactly what she describes: pure magic. At the End of Holyrood Lane touches on a very serious subject, one that is lacking in children's literature-domestic violence.
The inspiration for At the End of Holyrood Lane came to Dimity after a meeting with Deidre Hanna, Founder of Paradise Kids children's charity. Deidre declared that more picture books about domestic violence were needed to help increase awareness and understanding.
"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.