MEET THE AUTHOR

 
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 The daughter of South American parents, Monica Meira Vaughan grew up in Spain before moving to London at the age of five where she learnt English by watching Sesame Street and reading every Roald Dahl book she could get her hands on. On leaving school, and after a brief stint in public relations, Monica decided to train as a primary school teacher. She spent over ten years working in special needs, mostly with children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, before becoming a full time writer.

Monica loves writing after midnight, building cardboard cities and playing Lego with her daughter. She lives in London, UK.

 

ASK THE AUTHOR…

 

Birthday: 15th August   
Place of Birth: London, UK, but I moved to Spain when I was ten days old.
Nationality: British
(My mother is Colombian, my dad is from Argentina)
Siblings: Younger brother and sister
Children: One daughter

 

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT ME

 
i arrived in england from spain when i was five, after my parentS divorceD. i couldn’t speak any english in this picturE, but it didn’t take me too long to learn. if only i could LEARN new languages as quickly now!

I arrived in England from Spain when I was five. I couldn’t speak any English in this picture, but it didn’t take me too long to learn. if only i could learn new languages as quickly now!

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I’ve always loved computing, as you probably know if you’ve read my books!

The worst job I ever had was working in a sandwich factory when I was at university, putting pickles on bread. It put me off pickles for life!

i have had two cats - one called elvis (playing cards in this picture - he was very smart!), and the cat I have now, called toto (named after the dog in wizard of oz, of course).

I have had two cats - one called Elvis (playing cards in this picture - he was very smart!), and the cat I have now, called Toto (named after the dog in Wizard of Oz, of course).

I love country music! When we were teenagers, my best friend & I saved up for a flight to Nashville. She liked it so much, she moved there & now I have a place to stay whenever I want :)

 

SIGNIFICANT PLACES IN MY LIFE

 
BARCELONa, spain  - where i lived until i was five years old

Barcelona, Spain - where I lived until I was five years old.

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Bogota, Colombia - where I spent my summers growing up.

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Dublin, Ireland - where I lived for ten years.

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Cazenovia, NY, USA - my 2nd home, where my dad & stepmom have lived for over 25 years.

london, united kingdom . Where i have lived most of life & where i live now

London, United Kingdom - where I have lived most of life & where I live now.

 

SOME OF MY FAVOURITE BOOKS GROWING UP

 
george’s marvellous medicine , by roald dahl. my brother & i emptied out many, many bottles from our bathroom trying to recreate george’s potion.

george’s marvellous medicine, by roald dahl. my brother & i emptied out many, many bottles from our bathroom trying to recreate george’s potion.

calvin and hobbes , by bill watTerson. i still quote from this all the time.

calvin and hobbes, by bill watTerson. i still quote from this all the time.

city of thieves  - part of the fighting fantasy choose-your-own-adventure books. i loved them all, but this was my favourite one and is still on my bookshelf.

city of thieves - part of the fighting fantasy choose-your-own-adventure books. i loved them all, but this was my favourite one and is still on my bookshelf.

five on a treasure island , by enid blyton. my favourite author for a very long time. i wanted to be just like george/georgina.

five on a treasure island, by enid blyton. my favourite author for a very long time. i wanted to be just like george/georgina.

the worst witch  by jill murphy. the original harry potter.

the worst witch by jill murphy. the original harry potter.

 

MY FAVOURITE SCIENCE-FICTION NOVELS

 
brave new world , by aldous huxley

brave new world, by aldous huxley

1984 , by george orwell

1984, by george orwell

day of the triffids , by john wyndham

day of the triffids, by john wyndham

i, robot  by isaac asimov

i, robot by isaac asimov