Hello everyone. I’m Tamsin Cooke and I’m so excited to be joining the Girls Heart Books community.
I’ve always been a day dreamer with my head in the clouds. When I was younger my mind would drift to Narnia or Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, and now it often drifts to Hogwarts. I still look out for owls, hoping for a letter. As a writer, I feel like the luckiest person alive because I get to keep my head in the clouds. I get to make up stories and create imaginary worlds. I don’t think I’ve ever grown up really.
Being a children’s author is my dream job, but I didn’t always want to be one. I had so many other careers in mind.
When I was very young, I wanted to be a mermaid. Who wouldn’t want to swim all day or sit on a rock and brush their hair? But as I never grew a tail and I couldn’t breathe under water, that didn’t work out.
As I got a bit older, I realised that being a mermaid was a little unrealistic so I thought of actual jobs. I was (and still am) passionate about
animals, so I thought I could be a vet. Unfortunately I wasn’t very good with the sight of blood – it made my skin turn cold and clammy. Injections made me cry. And I didn’t like to be near vomit because it stank. So basically I wanted to be a vet for healthy animals. Not much call for that!
I thought I wanted to be a flight attendant. I could travel and see the world. But guess what? I got airsick – and as you know I don’t like vomit! I wanted to be a moviestar. To be honest, I still haven’t given up on that dream. I’m thinking I’d like to play opposite Hugh Jackman. Except I can’t act!
However, I have had some fantastic jobs. I was a barmaid, a waitress, a shop assistant and an au pair (a nanny) to name a few. I was a primary school teacher for a number of years, which was perfect for someone who has never grown up.
Then when my kids were very young, I started writing and I’ve been doing it ever since. My first book The Scarlet Files: Cat Burglar is out in January 2016 and I am beyond excited. I can’t wait to tell you all about it in another post.
So I was wondering – what is your dream job? If you could be anything in this world – or perhaps not even in this world – what would you be? For this answer, don’t let the lack of tails or gills hold you back…