Erika Woods

I write books for children and YA and occasionally novels and short stories for adults - the most recent being published in Take a Break Fiction Feast and another long listed for BBC Radio Wales.
 
I was the winner of The Writers Advice Children’s Story Competition 2011 with Bella Constanza, Miss Scrunch, and a Girl Called Primrose, and was also short-listed in the same competition with Dead Girls Can’t Tell.
 
In between writing I run a singing group for people with memory problems, and their carers which is both humbling and mutually rewarding.
 
I live in a small village just inside the Snowdonia National Park with a backdrop of heather and fir clad hills; the sea is five minutes away as are the mountains of the Conwy valley.
 
I love…
 
walking and exploring the nearby shores and lofty peaks, and observing nature. I particularly like toads, frogs and newts, bats and birds, snakes, spiders, cows and fungi. I also enjoy painting, visiting art galleries, music, reading – especially reading, and runner beans from my garden.
 
I dislike…
 
Shopping except for books, politicians, victorious fisty thrusts into the air, and eggs, milk, yoghurt and shellfish, all of which should be banished from culinary practice.