Ngaire was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, where she spent most of her childhood playing with her brother and her imaginary friends. She has managed to balance a writing career and family commitments. She has participated in reading events at
primary schools in County Derry, Northern Ireland, and has taught English to young children participating in the Spanish school system's extracurricular activity program.
Welcome to our classroom, Ngaire. Thank you
for agreeing to this interview.
Where did the idea for My Nature Friends come from?
My aim is to encourage children to read and to explore the great outdoors; therefore I came up with this fabulous
idea, which incorporates the two.
I wanted to create a book which children could use and not just read. My Nature Friends has a Field Note section where children can record their sightings whilst out and about; learning to read and write through play!
Also, the sprightly illustrations can be coloured.
What convinced you to write 'My Nature Friends'?
"The Voices, Ms Marge."The Voices. In my head. They told me to do it."
On a more serious note, you either write or you don't, you are either inspired or you aren’t and, if you need convincing then you shouldn’t be writing! The
only thing I would need to be convinced of is crossing a rope bridge; I prefer terra firma!
Please tell us about yourself as a writer. When do you write, where do you write, what gives you inspiration to write?
I write when I can. Being a mother of 4 children it is impossible to have a strict writing regime. Two of my children have been unwell these last two weeks so I did no writing; I need peace and quiet to write. Fingers crossed all the lurgies have been
vanquished to another dimension and I will have a disease-free house for a while to continue with the next volume in my a-z picture book series.
I ‘write’ my stories in my head first, and then put pen to paper whilst researching my ideas
and themes. Inspiration … my imagination inspires my writing as well as my children and their astounding zest for life. Furthermore, when school children tell me that one of my books is their favourite that too inspires me to write and write and
Do you have other preschool picture books in the works for future publication?
Yes, I do. I have started on the second book in my a-z picture book series and I hope to publish it spring, 2015
We'll be looking forward to reading your next in this series. Please give us a return visit when it is printed.
You can purchase Ms. Elder's book at:
Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Ngaire-Elder/e/B006VXOUN8
book trailer: http://adventuresofceciliaspark.blogspot.co.uk/p/book-trailers.html
Other books written by Ngaire Elder.
The Adventures of Cecilia Spark, a series of juvenile fiction stories, action and adventure, for girls and boys aged 5-10.