Elevenses with… Serena Patel!

Today, I’m sharing an enormous chocolate fudge brownie (and ice cream) with Serena Patel, author of Anisha, Accidental Detective


Hi Serena! What is the first thing you remember writing? 

​I wrote a poem in primary school about coal mining. I can’t remember much about it but I think it was selected for publication in a poetry pamphlet and I remember feeling very proud.


What location from a story would you like to visit? ​

I’d love to go to the garden in the picture book, ‘There’s a Tiger in the Garden’ by Lizzy Stewart. It’s so beautifully drawn and I love the idea of a place where imagination becomes reality.


Which character from a book would you like to meet in person? ​

That’s such a difficult question, so many to choose from! I think I’d like to sit down for a yummy afternoon tea with Matilda. 


From whom would you most like to receive a letter? ​

The Snail and the Whale from Julia Donaldson’s lovely book. I’d love to hear about all their adventures.


Do you have any tips for budding writers? 

​Read as much as you can. Write as much as you can. Practice makes it possible! 


What is your next book about? ​

The next Anisha book is all about a science fair competition. Anisha is sabotaged and accidentally floods the school with foam! Of course, she soon sets out to prove her innocence and find out who would do such a thing!


What is the silliest word you can think of? ​

Oojamaflumphified!


I can’t wait to get my paws on the new Anisha book soon. Thanks, Serena!

If you’d like to find out more about Serena Patel and her fabulous children’s books, check out her website here.


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