Winner of the Fi&Books
'Become An Author' Competition
"As a Speech and language therapist, Linzi's knowledge of language development makes her a perfect writer for childrens books. I can't wait to see what she writes next!"
My favourite bit was...all of it!
- Harris, age 5
This fun and engaging story provides plenty of opportunities to develop a range of language and literacy skills. I could already hear myself reading it aloud to my class the first time I read it!
- Hannah, Primary school teacher
I really like the bit where she finds the yo-yo because it's sparkly and my favourite colour and so cool that it's in her hair.
- Matilda, age 4
Toffee stick on foot because it's funny!
- Henry, age 2
My love of books started from early childhood, and I still have and cherish some of my earliest books. My passion for children's picture books grew as I started working as a Speech and Language Therapist (Pathologist). Now having worked as a Speech and Language Therapist for over 10 years in England, Australia and Scotland, I have seen the benefits that books bring to children's development. I love seeing how books inspire children's imagination, play and language.
I entered the world of children's picture books after attending a writing course at Edinburgh University in 2019. It was from this course that the idea for my first book 'The hairbrush-dodging ninja' came.
My ambition is to write books that help develop children's speech, language and communication skills. With some fun and laughter along the way!
I now live in Edinburgh, and in my spare time love to travel, get outdoors to hike and paddle board, and spend time with friends drinking coffee and eating good food!
Sophie hates having her hair brushed!
It cannot and will not be tamed.
When Mum says it's time to brush her hair, she has to do some ninja-fast thinking!
What obstacles will she have to dodge to get out of it?
I was on holiday in October 2021 when I first heard about the 'Become An Author' competition run by Fi & Books Publishers. After a few nerves and friends helping me to choose which story to enter, I submitted my story 'The hairbrush-dodging ninja.' When I found out that I was shortlisted to the final 15 I was just excited that someone had read and enjoyed my story! I had no idea that I would go onto win the competition!
It has been an incredible opportunity to work with Jon Jacks and Fi & Books Publishers, who have so beautifully brought my words to life.