Inspiring Young Readers

posted on 24 Jul 2017

An Interview with Maudie Smith

The Letterpress Project has asked authors and illustrators to think about what has inspired them as artists, what their favourite books are and how they relate to their audience - we've also asked them if they themselves are book collectors.

We are delighted to present an exclusive interview with the children's author, Maudie Smith. Maudie started out as an actor, a job which turned out to involve a lot of collaborative writing and delving into all sorts of stories and examining their nuts and bolts. Starring roles included Piglet, Bagheera, the rose that belonged to The Little Prince, and the Snow Queen. After starting a family, Maudie began to write by herself. Her first book was about an alien called Opal Moonbaby, which was won at auction by Orion Children's Books and became a trilogy. Maudie has since published two 'stand alone' novels, as well as early readers and picture books. She has an MA (Distinction) in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University and co-runs The Bradford on Avon Mini Book Festival. Maudie's latest stories are Bird Girl (for 8+) and The Dressing-Up Dad, which is for anyone over the age of 2.

Maudie has her own website which can be found at

You can read Maudie's interview with us here: