There's an old idea that every novel is at least partly autobiographical and I suppose Cally's World is no exception to that rule. I grew up in a pretty tough area and I took piano lessons: unlike Cally, though, I never quite had the chance to attend a Viennese Ball.
I have visited Vienna and also all the other beautiful places which Cally will go to throughout her travels.
As a young child, I devoured books and my favourites were the Enid Blyton Famous Five series - I couldn't get enough of these adventurous youngers and their little dog, Timmy.
I lived in the UK unti recently but now live in New Zealand with my husband. I work full-time as a teacher and in my free time send Cally on her travels!