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Jane Lawes
Jane Lawes

Jane Lawes books:
Summertime & Somersaults (Gym Stars)

I grew up in Surrey, where I lived with my parents, my sister and a couple of cats. I've always loved to read - anything from Roald Dahl to classic children's books like Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild.  My favourite lesson at school was Creative Writing.  I decided when I was quite young that I wanted to be an author when I grew up (then I forgot about that and dreamed of doing lots of different jobs as well).  But even when I wanted to be a dance teacher, or a vet, or star in musicals, I still loved writing stories.  Luckily I remembered that I can't sing, and that I wouldn't like giving injections to kittens and puppies, and I decided to be an author after all.

I started ballet and tap dancing classes when I was three, and kept on dancing until I left school and went off to university.  When I was in secondary school, I got into gymnastics, too.  I always secretly wished I was good enough to be a champion gymnast or a star ballerina and so I decided to make those wishes come true for my characters in Gym Stars and Ballet Stars.  

I live in London and when I'm not writing, I work as an editor of non-fiction books about animals.  When I'm not doing THAT either, I like dancing, watching ballet, playing tennis, reading, and daydreaming while I listen to my favourite music.