Reader Naomi Smith met and interviewed me at the recent Edinburgh Book Festival… find out what we talked about and ask some nosy questions of your own!

Naomi: You’re a really big author now, but if your books had never been published, what would you be doing?

Cathy: Teaching art, writing short stories, being an agony aunt and bringing up my kids in the Scottish countryside. I’d be dreaming of making it as a children’s author, though!

Naomi: Who is your fave character from the books and why?

Cathy: Mouse, definitely. I loved him in Dizzy, so lost and alone, and was determined to give him a happy ending in Lucky Star. I loved writing about Mouse and his talent for trouble… the world needs more boys like Mouse!

Naomi: What has been your worst job ever?

Cathy: Shredding up roast chickens in a BHS cafe to make chicken sandwiches when I was a teenager. I was a veggie – not good. I was also a spectacularly bad waitress….

Naomi: If you had a magical power, what would it be and why?

Cathy: I’d like to grant wishes… or maybe fly!

Naomi: What was your most embarrassing moment?

Cathy: Getting my swishy skirt trapped in the toilet door on the flight to Sri Lanka this spring. I was stuck, blocking the aisle, and the stewardesses couldn’t get the trolley past me… the whole plane was smirking. When the door opened again and I was released, there was a round of applause, but by then I was too embarrassed to go to the loo anyway!

Naomi: You’ve said you are quite a shy person, how do you overcome that to talk in front of loads at people, like at the Edinburgh Book Festival?

Cathy: I am shy, and I get REALLY nervous, but I’ve learnt that I can survive – and often people don’t even notice that I’m nervous! Shyness is a pain, but never, ever let it beat you… go for it!

Naomi: What’s the best thing about being an author?

Cathy: It’s a dream come true for me, and I get a real buzz from seeing my books in a shop, but the best thing ever is getting feedback from my readers and knowing that they love the stories as much as I love writing them.

OK, your turn now… if you’ve got a question for me, post it below… I’ll answer the best online!


  1. i LOVE dizzy and im writing a book reveiw problem—can’t remember Dizzys lovers name!! he has dreadlocks please reply quick thank youu 🙂 <3 x

    Posted by: M on 7th November 2017
  2. hi cathy your’e my fave author! i love reading your books they give me great insperation but am a rubbish writer.
    i was wondering ifyou could give me a fab storyline.

    Posted by: I on 7th November 2017
  3. Hi Cathy,
    I love reading your books, you’re my favourite author and they never disappoint me! I really enjoy writing as well, and once I get a story line I can get completely stuck into it, but I just can’t seem to get an inspiration right now. I was wondering if you could help … ?
    Issie xx

    Posted by: I on 7th November 2017
  4. In angel cake what gave the idea of a boy who always gets into trouble at school who can be so king to his mum and when he works in the cake shop.

    Posted by: L on 7th November 2017
  5. Hey Cathy you are my favourite author of all time and i love reading your books!!! But I was just wondering if you have written an autobiography if you havent i would love it if you did!!! I am really looking forward to reading anymore books you write!!!

    Lots of love from Michelle xxx

    Posted by: M on 7th November 2017
  6. I would like to know what chocolate is your favourite because i need to know by the end of this week please because im doing a english project about you.

    Posted by: B on 7th November 2017
  7. Hi Cathy! I absolutely love your books and Ginger Snaps is definately my favourite. What inspired you to create a book with such troubles that Ginger had? And what inspried you to make Shannons personality like that? You don’t meet many people like Shannon.

    Posted by: C on 7th November 2017
  8. I absolutely luuuuuuuurve your books! I like them so much that I have ran out of books of your to read! Which chocolate box girl is next after Skye?! :)Georgia!

    Posted by: G on 7th November 2017

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