Introducing Ian Cox, Author of the 'Rafferty Roo and Hobson Too' series!

Ian Cox’s working life was spent with children and young people in schools as a teacher and headteacher. While he spent most of his time in a school setting, his 'walking life' was spent with dogs and his imagination. On his walks, Ian would often wonder: what if we could communicate with dogs? What would they say to us? Could we join in with their world?

Then, one day, a mysterious voice in Ian’s head told him some stories about two dogs, a young boy and a farm...Ian decided to turn these stories into books.

What inspired you to start writing?

IC: Identifying an audience for my thinking.

What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?

IC: Be clear about who you trying to engage.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

IC: Imagining what if?

What book is currently on your bedside table?

IC: 'The Book of Longing' by Leonard Cohen.

What would you do if you won a million pounds?

IC: Make our house carbon neutral and to travel.

Your hero?

IC: Bryan Collins – my old history teacher.

If you could choose three people to invite for a dinner party, who would they be and why?

IC: Whitney Cummings – potential for the outrageous, David Baddiel – so clever on so many fronts, Tiger Woods – because who else!

What’s your favourite food?

IC: Fillet steak.

What is the best part of your day?

IC: The morning.

What’s something you’ve done but will never do again?

IC: Run as I have had an artificial right knee for just over a year and I was a keen runner ...

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? By whom?

IC: “Tomorrow it will be yesterday’s news” A PR person after my first front page ‘scandal’ as a headteacher!!

What’s your favourite way to unwind after a busy day?

IC: Just simply being at home.

What would we most likely find you doing on a weekend?

IC: At some point watching sport and drinking wine.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

IC: Watching Gogglebox.

If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?

IC: Play off scratch at golf!

Do you do sports?

IC: Yes, I used to do all sport! Limited to golf now.

If you could change your name, what would it be?

IC: Allen Wibrew!

What’s your favourite animated film?

IC: Up!

Where you would you love to travel to?

IC: India.

'Rafferty Roo and Hobson Too - Adventures with Henry White' is coming soon!

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