Jane is the talented author of over 100 books for young children, including the Sky Private Eye picture book series and the Al’s Awesome Science young fiction series for Five Quills. Jane loves animals, fossils and being a grandma. She enjoys writing her stories and poems and sharing them online and in person on visits to schools and nurseries.
What does Jane do?
Jane is the author of the Lottie Loves Nature series, and has been involved in creating and writing the storylines, characters and the setting right from the beginning.
First, she works with her editor to dream up the storylines and characters. The majority of Jane’s published books are inspired by animals and nature. She is passionate about preserving as much of the environment as possible for future generations.
Jane and the Five Quills team share everyone’s environmental concerns. Like Lottie, Jane believes there are lots of little things YOU can do to help the environment, starting directly on your doorstep – because every little thing matters.
In the early stages of writing storylines and ideas, Jane uses pencil and paper and makes lots of notes. As she goes along, she collects interesting facts and pictures – and the occasional humorous pun – and jots them down in her notebooks.
Once the storyline is in place, it’s time to do more detailed research, fact check and amend the story. Jane loves to research using books and magazines (she’s a member of her local Wildlife Trust and gets a lovely magazine from them). She also uses Google a lot and spends ages clicking on links to see video clips of the wonderful creatures she’s writing about.
Jane types up her stories straight onto a computer. She always reads her texts out loud, even if it means she’s talking to herself, to make sure they are right. She carefully fact checks everything before sending the pages to her editor.
Lottie Loves Nature Activities
There are all sorts of wildlife activities to keep you busy this summer, from making bug hotels to butterfly feeders! Check out the illustrated guides below.
There’s also lots of extra activities, from colouring in sheets to mazes here!