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  Advice to young authors and illustrators

 Claire Rosemary Jane |  Joan Aiken |  Philip Ardagh |  Val Biro |
 Malorie Blackman | Quentin Blake | Mark Burgess | David Clayton |
 Helen Cresswell | Peter Dickinson | Berlie Doherty | Anne Fine | Kes Gray |
 Pat Hutchins | Robert Leeson | Jonathon Long | Jan Mark | Alan Macdonald |
 Roger McGough | Barbara Mitchelhill | Tony Mitton | Miriam Moss | Hiawyn Oram  Philip Pullman | Hilary Robinson | Ragnhild Scamell | Nick Sharratt |
 Jeremy Strong | Rhian Tracey |  Chris White |  Gwyneth Williamson | Jacqueline Wilson

(Please note that the authors have contributed their comments but are not able to answer questions from readers unless they specifically say so below.)

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Chris White

Chris writes and performs stories and poems and is a great illustrator too!

I always liked drawing — I wanted a job drawing. I wrote poems just to have something to illustrate. I sent them away to the wrong publishers. Eventually I went into a bookshop to find something similar and sent it out to the right publishers.

"Bitey the Veggie Vampire" was my first book of poems. Then I started free performances in bookshops, and my number of appearances has grown from there.

I'd say write to please yourself. If you think it is funny or exciting, so will others. Keep writing and sending writing out to publishers. (April 2003)

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