C. J. Tudor biography

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C. J. Tudor
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C. J. Tudor

C. J. Tudor Biography

C. J. Tudor lives in Nottingham, England, with her partner and three-year-old daughter. Over the years she has worked as a copywriter, television presenter, voice-over, and dog walker. She is now thrilled to be able to write full-time, and doesn't miss chasing wet dogs through muddy fields all that much. The Chalk Man is her first novel.



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C.J. Tudor talks about her debut novel The Chalk Man and explains why, to her, writing is all about the characters

The Chalk Man was inspired by chalk figures you drew with your daughter in the driveway that later scared you in the dark. What else scares you?

Zombies, heights, flying, rollercoasters, dolls, make-up, high heels, semicolons. It's a long list!

Also, I have a young daughter, so I spend a lot of my time being terrified about things that could happen to her. From natural disasters to eating unsliced grapes. That's what it's like when you have a child. Your world is constantly fluctuating between absolute wonder and crippling terror.

If someone says "What's the worst that could happen?" I can usually tell them, in graphic detail!

The group of friends in the book and their adventures are loosely based on you and your pals when you were preteens. What was your coolest discovery on one of your explorations in the woods?

I still meet up with my friends from school. I've known most of them since we were seven! Last week we were talking about this and my friend Kirsty reminded me about the old "air-raid shelter" we found. I'm sure it wasn't really an air-raid shelter. But to us, at the time, it looked like one. It was a long, corrugated hut ...

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