What inspired you to start writing?
The first sign of me having any kind of writing ability came in the form of poetry in 1978. I reached the lowest point of my life, drink had taken me to the depths of despair and in desperation I asked for help. Which came in the form of A.A.. I found writing as a way to express my feelings. I like to write of life in rhyme. Having written a nursery rhyme for the ex.teachers association and the feedback being so positive I turned my hand to writing children's books in 2016, and being a poet, it was natural that I write my children’s books in rhyme. In the last seven years, I have written four children’s books. The Tooth Fairy - Yoko Rose is the first of these to be published.
Do you hear from your readers?
I do hear quite a lot from my readers they reach out by coming to my book signing at Creative Events. I have my own Tik Tok page with over 15,000 followers @jamesletticeauthor and I am also on Instagram @jamesletticeauthor and often they get in touch this way too. I recently ran a competition for winners to receive my book and one very lovely family came to one of these events to say they had won and had been thrilled with their copy.
Where can readers find your books?
What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book?
I suppose it's being able to connect with children by reading a story that I had created.
No matter where they are in the world their expressions on their faces has been the same. Seeing the happiness my book has brought them has been a lovely surprise.
What was the highlight of writing this book?
It has been having my book published. Getting it in my hand and being able to share this story across primary schools and my social media. It is the story I have written for them and seeing their faces as they enjoy listening to me read it out loud to them has been my biggest highlight.
What was your favourite book growing up?
Five go to Treasure Island by Enid Blyton. I loved the adventures.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I love to play golf although I don't play very well these days. I also enjoy trying to help those less fortunate than myself. I also offer support for theoldelectric.co.uk This is based in Blackpool’s newest community arts space, providing a unique location for creativity just a stone’s throw from the town’s iconic promenade. Offering shows to enjoy, activities to take part in, opportunities to learn, develop and grow, plus many more experiences besides, their purpose is to ensure that arts and creativity is accessible for all Blackpool communities.
What is your favourite song and why?
Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino. Growing up we didn't have any good music until the birth of rock and roll when I was around 15 years old. What a change when Bill Haley & His Comets arrived, I feel music went from boring to great overnight.
If you could have a superpower to help the world, what would it be?
I would work to stop bullying. My Gran brought me up from the ages of 4 to 10 years old then unfortunately we lost her, and she taught me to stick up for myself. Being a small child for my age I was prone to being bullied however through Gran's many lessons I learnt to speak up for myself and I just wish I could put an end to anyone being bullied. I was taught to always tell the truth and I hope children can speak out about this too.