I was born in Essex but lived overseas for many years from my twenties due to work. We returned to the UK in 1999 and settled in Hampshire. However I have lived in Hinckley Leicestershire for the last 5 years to be closer to grandchildren.
What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
Hinckley is a normal everyday town but Leicestershire is very pretty in parts. I guess the best part is that I recently bought the house I had been renting so I can call it my home now. I live with my cat Teddy and have a number of friends and family that support me emotionally. But maybe the greatest thing is that it was the birthplace of my story characters (the old lady, the dog, the cat and little brown mouse) that started to take shape during the first Lockdown
What turns you on creatively?
I have always worked with children either professionally or as an informal childcarer and I think it is their creativity in play that inspires me. I love doing story time with children and began creating my stories as a way of keeping in touch with grandchildren during Lockdown. I try to think of adventures the characters can have based on what children like doing. So they are ordinary escapades but made a little extraordinary because the characters are animal friends and perhaps the old lady is really me in another world. I hope that children can relate to them.
What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
Perhaps my favourite word is ‘make-believe’ because we can inhabit different worlds in our minds. To use that in a poetic sense I could perhaps say that:
Make-believe renders the mundane magical
What is your pet peeve?
Hard to answer this one. I don’t really get annoyed by much although I hate clutter!! So at the end of the day everything has to go back into its place – especially toys after a day with children. Oh and if a toy part is misplaced I have to find it!!
What defines Nina Taylor?
I am a pretty ordinary mother, grandparent and childcarer. I love spending time with young children and encouraging their creative play and learning – getting messy is the best thing. I don’t consider myself to be a writer- perhaps more of a story-teller and hope that the adventures I create in my stories will entertain children and make them feel happy.
I am a mother and grandmother who enjoys writing but usually just for my own pleasure. I was born in Essex but spent many of my adult years in various overseas wherever my husband was working. I studied Sociology originally at University but began teaching English as a Foreign Language while abroad. On our return to the UK I began working in adult education teaching Literacy and Numeracy but always had a passion for Early Years education. As such I retrained and spent a number of years working as an early years practitioner, until I retired in November 2019. I now live in Leicestershire and have two grown up children and two young grandchildren with whom I love to play and read stories to.. During Lockdown I wrote a number of little short stories for them, which i recorded and shared with them just for fun. My first little children's story book Off to the Beach was published by Bumble Bee Books (part of Olympia Publishers) in April 2021. It really was a lockdown project!