About I. Rosenfeld
Born on an unusually green Greek island, I.Rosenfeld spent much of her childhood roaming olive groves where she watched lizards, insects and tortoises. She made up her first story at the age of six, but only started to take writing seriously when she went to Sussex University to study English.
This is how she links her childhood to the book Geo Says No – Not a Dream:-
“I was raised on Corfu which, like Zonissos in the novel, is hilly and covered by olive groves. It was an eye-wateringly beautiful bio-diverse environment, and probably one of the reasons why Gerald Durrell set ‘My Family and Other Animals’ there.
“We had no television and no children’s books, so I kept myself entertained with my father’s collection of literature. Being an engaging storyteller, my dad also took me on long walks and told me the Greek myths.
“The idea of dreamboarding came to me when I started to tell these myths to my own children and remembered that the Olympian gods sometimes visited sleeping mortals to give them guidance and advice through dreams.”
She started her career by doing office temping while studying linguistics and then trained as a teacher. She has also worked (in no particular order) as a further and adult education lecturer, a publisher’s researcher, a teacher-trainer, a clothes shop assistant and a theatre usher which she really enjoyed because she got to watch some hilarious pantomimes.
Tutoring: Alongside writing, this is now her favourite job. She works with children and teenagers some of whom find reading and writing hard-going. She enjoys teaching the technical side of reading (phonics) but combines it with developing love of literature and creative writing.
She also blogs at https://creativityandus.wordpress.com