I am Paula Leyden and I was born in Kenya and spent most of my life in Africa – in Kenya, then Zambia, then South Africa. In 2003 I moved to Kilkenny, Ireland where I now live and farm with my partner, Tom O’Neill (the author of Old Friends – the Lost Tales of Fionn MacCumhaill – published by Little Island) and our five children. There is a little more than this about me on Walker Books author page as they said two or three sentences wouldn’t do.
I only started writing when I came to Ireland, perhaps because I had more time, perhaps because that is what Ireland lends itself to. But I am glad I did. I am represented in my writing by Sophie Hicks, a wondrous agent with the Ed Victor Agency and she negotiated my first contract for me with Walker Books – a dream publisher.
In the other part of my life we breed Irish Draughts, Clydesdales and Irish Cobs on our farm in Kilkenny but I don’t consider myself a very successful breeder because I hate parting with them, so all I have managed to do so far is accumulate them! Last count we had 24 – plus two donkeys Sirrius Dilbert Black and Speedy.