Katie, thank you for inviting me here! I was the student always scribbling a story on the back of her notebooks. And when there wasn’t enough time to read, I would be reading on my way to the bus station, a 15 min walk.
I find myself influenced by what I read, and I gravitate towards books that fill my soul, ignite my imagination and speak to my heart. Poetry and history, past and present, possibility and certainty.
I write for children, mostly. Writing children’s literature is like having a good laugh with your best friend, it makes me happy. It is also a challenge, taking grownup concepts and wrapping them in bright, child-friendly packages. In an era of technology and terrorism, children need joy, books and imagination in their lives, more than ever before. Books make us human.
I write about friendship between unusual animals, about breaking barriers where friends are concerned. I write about diversity and about acceptance and love. And I write everywhere I am. In my car, at the semaphore light, a quick note in my notebook. I write in my head as I drive. I write before I fall asleep; some of my best ideas come to me in that no-man’s-land, when your body is suspended between reality and dreamland. Of course, most of my writing is done in my oasis, at my writing desk.
I have just finished a trio of children’s books depicting, in rhyme and with bright, happy illustrations, wonderful friendships formed between unusual animals. I have a few other stories bursting to come out on paper though. So excited!
I live in South Africa with my wonderful family and our two dogs. Coffee fuels me. My family supports me. When I don’t write I love to read, read, read, drink coffee (again!), listen to music and dance. I am a big fan of “Gilmore Girls”, “Outlander” and “Frasier”.
I am the author of “Happy Friends”, of the Amazon Bestseller “Joyful Trouble”, “Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles” (out October 31st), “The Lion and the Dog”, “The Elephant and the Sheep”, “The Cheetah and the Dog” (these three will have the Cover Reveal on October 31st at jessiecahalin.com and will be released on the 12th of November)
I also write the Sunday column for Mypuppyclub.net and I am a contributor for the Huffington Post SA.
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Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles: What happens when puppy is full of good intentions, yet his actions go wrong?
The Lion and the Dog: What a Wonderful World it is when a lion and a dog share a bond stronger than any animal or human rule.
The Cheetah and the Dog: The unlikely friendship between a wild animal and a dog or, when friendship bonds you it doesn’t matter what you look like.
The Elephant and the Sheep: Imagine a world where love and kindness can solve any problem.
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