E. J. (Erica) Gore

I was born and raised in Brisbane, Australia, and grew up with a love of reading thanks to my mother who declared that 'you are never lonely if you have a book to read'. _I had my first library card at the age of 2, and developed a vivid imagination and a delight in story telling. __My favourite books during childhood were the adventure stories of Enid Blyton - 'The Secret Seven' and 'The Famous Five' - and later the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries. __As a primary school teacher I used storytelling and drama as the base for my classroom practice, creating stories and plays through which my students were encouraged to develop deeper understanding and knowledge of the curriculum concepts. __During thirty years in the classroom, I observed the struggle many children have making the transition from picture books to novels. They find it difficult to move from having pictures providing the cues and connections to the text to having to create the pictures in their minds in order to connect to the text. They become frustrated as they deal with the many pages of text of the traditional novel and often lose interest in reading. __We cannot afford to have children losing interest in reading. It is such a vital skill._My stories are short, adventure/ mysteries that get the story told quickly but do not talk down to the children allowing them to read a complete novel in a relatively short time. __Now retired from teaching, I have more time for two of my favourite things; writing mysteries for young readers and travelling.

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