Maggie Bolton

Maggie Bolton

As a child I always liked to write and illustrate stories (doesn’t everyone?). I progressed from the simpler stories about families of rabbits or lost puppies, etc. to long, meandering adventure epics. These clearly owed much to Swallows and Amazons, Black Beauty with a strong dash of Famous Five thrown in; great fun for the author but no doubt brain-crunchingly tedious for anyone else.
          While most people grow out of this, I obviously had it deeply buried somewhere in the psyche as, after a period of writing only for educational purposes, it resurfaced. This was still in the era of typewriters, carbon paper and perhaps the occasional blob of Tippex. If the production of copy was more difficult at that time, finding publishing outlets was certainly easier. I wrote stories and articles for a variety of magazines, even having a regular feature spot in a small-circulation, monthly magazine. I wrote children’s stories for a local radio station and was quite successful in writing those complex, multiple-choice, throw-of-the-dice quest stories that were popular before more realistic computer versions stole their thunder.
          After a period when other life commitments took priority, I returned to writing after moving to Scotland. Ayr Writers’ Club provided the support, encouragement and the all-important motivational input (that’s psycho-babble for ‘kick-up-the-behind!) that got me once again writing articles, stories for women’s magazines, but mainly writing for children.
          Lately my children's writing has taken a new direction – illustration. The motivation/kick up the behind was this time provided by Greta Yorke, who wanted me to illustrate her prize-winning story 'Witch Hitch'. Picture book illustration is a whole new world. So far I have illustrated two of Greta's stories (three if you count the one that is currently heading for the printers) and two of my own, plus various other illustration projects. So thanks Greta for rear-ending me into an enjoyable new field!