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Claire Freedman is the successful author of over 50 picture books, including the Aliens in Underpants books, George’s Dragon and Tappity Tap! What Was That? She is best known for Aliens Love Underpants, which has gone on to become a huge best seller and was the winner of the Richard and Judy Children’s Book Club in 2007.
Claire left school at sixteen and was the worst secretary ever, a trainee buyer at Harrods and a dental nurse before becoming a full-time writer. Claire says “For me, writing is the best job ever. I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else. I love to create worlds for young children to enjoy and escape into.” She lives on the Essex coast with her husband and loves walking along the sea path, eating in her favourite beach-side café and catching up with friends.
Claire Freedman and Ben Cort won the Richard & Judy prize for the best-selling Aliens Love Underpants in 2007.
Interview with Claire Freedman
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
Treat other people as you would like to be treated yourself
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
Being fully content and at peace with yourself, your loved ones, your life, and with God.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
Probably some brilliant surgeon out there, saving lives.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
I’d love to be able to illustrate my own books
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. I have two – dog poo and litter
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
I don’t have 5 favourite adult books – it would be impossible to choose. However my one time all favorite children’s book is A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
What gave you the idea?
Q. How did you come to write Aliens Love Underpants!?
I submitted a book about aliens to my editor at S+S and she liked the aliens idea, but made the request for the inclusion of underpants!
So, I wrote another rhyming text which I thought was extremely silly, emailed it to my editor, Katherine, and felt rather embarrassed about the text as it was so madcap. Katherine then rang me 20 mins later in fits of giggles and the rest is history!