ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Behind the Words
From a young age, I always had a creative imagination. I had a variety of imaginary friends, and in the playground at school, I would take my friends on adventures to my own imaginary worlds, just like Henrietta. My friends would get lost in my imagination with me, and I felt unstoppable. At the age of nine, I created Henrietta the Hippo while writing short stories in my bedroom. I always liked drawing animals for some reason, but my biggest inspiration was always Jacqueline Wilson, her books were always so captivating and relatable.
As a child I always loved using my imagination and one day, when all grown up, I wanted to eventually become a children's author. It took me a while, but I am pretty proud to say that I made my own childhood dream come true, but it took some effort and the courage to believe in myself.
Being a child of the 80's, I look around me and see how technology has changed the way children are brought up these days. We live and breathe technology, what would we be without it? I mean, what kid doesn't know how to unlock an iPhone? But that is a topic for another day, but not one we should ignore.
With Henrietta's World, I want to encourage children to play with their friends using their imagination, and for them to develop skills that bring out their creativity, curiosity and confidence. The possibilities really are endless.
During lockdown in 2020, I made good use of the downtime to learn how to digitally illustrate, as one day I plan to write and illustrate a children's book. Illustration has become a new passion of mine, which I will continue to explore and develop. I have created some new characters to share with you all, and who knows where my imagination will take me.
- Nicola Houlton