Interviewing children's author shirley harvey

This is Children's book Author Shirley Harvey I have had the opportunity to interview her for my blog. 
She is an author-artist and creator.

Q1.when did you decide you were going to write a book?

A. 1. I had a childhood dream of wanting to write and illustrate my own books that I hadn’t dared believe I could do, so I’d put it to the back of my mind. When I turned 36, I moved halfway around the world, had my life turned upside down and found myself completely lost, so I started painting again and writing as a way to make sense of it all. I ended up writing a set book that I wished I’d had for my son and me as we went through this tumultuous time in our lives.

Q2.  how did you come up with the name of your books 

A. The name of my books was obvious to me, the first 5 I wrote were explorations of different topics, so I just named them after each topic, love, loss, joy, but grow and let it is difficult to name and ended up being a bit of a mishmash ☺️ 
The title ‘More than a best friend’ just came to me one night and perfectly described that love between an owner and his dog that I wanted to portray. 

Q3.what are you working on now for 20 18?

A. Right now I’m illustrating a beautiful children’s book for another author, but I currently have 4 different book ideas of my own in various levels of completion, including a cat book to compliment the doggy book. But I’m taking some time to see which book wants to be birthed next. 

Q4.. how long have you been writing?

A.  I’ve been writing for nearly 3 years I think, after a 20-year gap almost!

Q5. What advice would you give other authors?

A. To go for it. Not to hold themselves back out of fear, but have faith in the fact a story wants to be born through them. Also not to take themselves too seriously. Ideas need folk to run with them and make them manifest. Our job as authors is to take those ideas and do just that. 

Q6. where can people find you online? you plan on making more books in the future?

A. Absolutely 😊👍🏼

Q8. how many books have you written?

A. I’ve written and illustrated 6 of my own books and illustrated many others.

Q9.9 did you go to college to be a writer?

A. My university degree was in Fine Art. I loved writing through school and did very well but never wrote after school until I moved to Canada. Initially, I had a blog about my experiences and it was through people’s comments on how beautiful my writing was, that I had the courage to write books.