I was extremely fortunate to find the most amazing editing team: the Australian story writer Robyn Opie Parnell and the splendid Scottish copy-editor and proofreader Jane Hammett. My wonderful illustrator Callum Graham (who works for my indie publisher Rowanvale Books) completes the brilliant creative team that has facilitated my journey to becoming a published author.
I am a member of the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and a keen supporter of the new Kid Literature Authors group run by the gifted illustrator/author Karen Emma Hall.
As a young child, I read lots of Janet and John books. As an older child, my favourite children's author was Enid Blyton! I relished the Noddy, Famous Five and Malory Towers books, to name but a few. More recently, I have rediscovered Roald Dahl and all his 'swishwifflingly scrumdiddlyumptious' books, including the juicy James and the Giant Peach and the sugary Charlie and the Glass Elevator!
***THE ONLY WAY IS ESSEX***
Thanks to my mum, who loved books, I learnt to read before I started school.
I distinctly remember walking with my mum and sister every week to the local mobile library, which was located at the top of what seemed like a never-ending hill! I loved visiting this literary Aladdin's cave and choosing great books to take home.
As well as playing the piano, I learnt the oboe and saxophone and went on to gain a first-class BA (Hons) degree in Music and Radio, Film & TV from Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent.
My proudest achievement at university was composing and performing a sonata for piano and oboe! I would love to have the sonata published one day.
***LEARNING TO READ***
That's me on the left without the necklace!
More recently, I have worked as a volunteer teaching assistant at my sons' primary school and at another local school. Helping four- to seven-year-olds learn has been extremely rewarding and inspiring.
***WORKING IN TV ***
***WRITING PICTURE BOOKS***
Passionate about rhyming picture book stories, I set myself the challenge of writing my own. Stonely's Pet Dinosaur was born as a result of my boys' fascination with dinosaurs, coupled with their persistent requests to own a pet!
Writing rhyming picture stories was a new skill for me, and it was with much trepidation that I sent the first drafts of Stonely's Pet Dinosaur to the The Writers' Workshop. I received some superb constructive critiques, which steered me in the right direction towards publication!
***READING PICTURE BOOKS***
Hi! My name's Naomi Burman-Shine.
I'm the author of Stonely's Pet Dinosaur Books.
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At high school, my favourite subjects were music, art, French and German.
My fondest memories as a teenager are of seaside camping trips with the Girl Guides, listening to Nik Kershaw on the radio, playing The Kids from Fame's music on the piano and performing in many music concerts.
At primary schooI, I enjoyed writing poems and was thrilled when my poems about haunted Hallowe'en and blazing Bonfire Night were published in the school magazine!
My earliest ambitions were to become a hairdresser, an air hostess or a musical theatre actress; however, my love of television led me to become a secretary and production assistant, typing letters and scripts for BBC TV and Radio.
I then went on to study accountancy, and spent many years as a television production accountant crunching numbers at both BBC TV and ITV. I worked on classic British television shows such as Parkinson, The Generation Game, EastEnders, Tarrant on TV, Blind Date and I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!
I grew up with my bookkeeper mum, accountant dad and twin sister in Redbridge, a leafy suburb on the borders of north-east London and Essex in England. I now live with my IT consultant husband and my two football-loving sons in Buckhurst Hill, a smaller suburban town near Epping in Essex.
I'm a big kid at heart, and from the moment I began reading children's picture books to my two young sons, I was transported back into the magical world of make-believe - an enchanting place where readers can set their imaginations free!