Heather Flood, a mother of two with three young grandchildren, was encouraged to become a published author by her husband Tony, a former journalist and one-time Controller of Information for Sky Television.
She began by reviewing theatrical productions for the Richmond and Twickenham Times newspaper series and, since moving to Eastbourne in 2008, she has penned theatre reviews for the Brighton Argus. Then, two years ago, Heather decided to write children's books, mainly for her grandchildren Gabrielle and Ashlee. It was Gabrielle's love of the colour pink which prompted Heather to write Mousey Mousey and the Witches' Spells, about a delightful little mouse who loves everything pink.
After the success of this first book, Heather followed up with The Giant Sticker Monster and Other Children's Stories. More stories about Mousey Mousey and witches Agatha and Bernice will be published soon, while Heather is busily writing another adventure involving the Giant Sticker Monster plus a science fiction fantasy novel.
Heather gave husband Tony the idea for his first novel, The Secret Potion, a fantasy adventure story which actress June Whitfield and author Jessica Duchen have hailed as the ideal follow-up to Harry Potter.
Heather has benefited from belonging to the Anderida Writing Circle, where she won the Short Story Award for 2011, with the title 'Picture This'. She also belongs to the New Eastbourne Writers, and helps Tony run a Creative Writing Group at Eastbourne Seniors Club.
She loves singing and is a member of the Concentus Chorale choir in Eastbourne
Heather, a former secretary, likes trying new things and has taken on many challenges. These include helping her first husband to build two houses, climbing the Great Wall of China and making wedding and birthday cakes.
She had great fun learning to dance with Erin Boag, one of the stars from TV's Strictly Come Dancing, but she simply discovered that, sadly, both she and Tony have two left feet!
I would like to dedicate my books to my wonderful husband Tony, who inspires me every day, and our gorgeous grandchildren Gabrielle, Ashlee and new addition Sam. Hopefully they, together with my children Lee, Emma and James, will get as much pleasure reading my books as I have in writing them.