Eloise Williams was lucky enough to grow up opposite a library in Llantrisant in Wales.
Her middle grade novels have won the Wales Arts Review Young People’s Book of the Year, the Wolverhampton Children’s Book Award, the YBB Book Award, and have been shortlisted for the Tir na nOg, the NE Book Awards and Wales Book of the Year.
She has an MA in Creative Writing with distinction from Swansea University and was the inaugural Children’s Laureate Wales 2019-2021.
Eloise now lives in Pembrokeshire, very close to the sea, where she wild swims, collects sea glass and ghost stories, and walks on the beach with her cairn terrier, Watson Jones.
I lived opposite a library when I was young. It was my favourite place in the world. My sister – Jo, came with me to choose books.
I read anything and everything. When I wasn’t reading I made other people read to me. My mother is reading me a lovely bedtime story here as she smokes a cigarette. This is what people did in the Seventies.
I’ve always been into magical stuff and was fascinated by witches, ghosts and the power of nature.
I spend lots of time appreciating the magic of the world. Walking through woods, reading in fields of wildflowers, making shapes of clouds and staring at stars.
Sometimes I find trees with faces on my travels.
I also spend a lot of time swimming in the sea.
Sometimes, if I’m lucky and the water is warm, my dog – Watson Jones comes with me!
I get lots of the inspiration for my writing from the landscape and wildlife around me.
And I write lots about my love of the theatre too.
I hope you enjoy finding out more about my characters and stories.