Name: Rachel Lake
Author Of: Picture Books, Adventure Reads
Category: Picture Books
A Snippet About Me:
My love for animals grew even stronger from the age of seventeen when I was introduced to the sheep by my mum, Cora, on the Isle of Sheppey. As well as all the residents at her farm cottage, namely the chickens, the ducks, and a goat who ate up all her roses!
Originally from Thamesmead, a suburb of London, I now live the rural life on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent. My love for the countryside comes from my Irish roots in County Mayo where my grandmother Kearns was born; she was an avid horse rider and adored animals. Growing up in London as a child, of Irish descent, was fun and exciting, especially experiencing many adventures with my siblings in the concrete jungle of Thamesmead with our cats who followed us everywhere. My love for animals grew even stronger from the age of seventeen when I was introduced to the sheep by my mum, Cora, on the Isle of Sheppey, as well as all the residents at her farm cottage, namely the chickens, the ducks, and a goat who ate up all her roses! Understandably, mingling with all sorts of animals influenced me to become a vegetarian! In 2016, whilst studying for my English language and literature degree with the Open University to become an English teacher, I had an idea for a picture book series and Cora Farm was initiated. Learning about instruction and delight really resonated with me when studying children's literature and I felt compelled to create stories for others to learn from but also enjoy. In 2018, my mum sadly passed away and my mission was to instruct and delight children through the eyes of Cora. Countlessly, I read my stories to my two daughters who championed me right from the start of my picture book idea. In 2019, I was so fortunate to find an amazing illustrator, Sarah-Leigh Wills, originally from the Isle of Sheppey, who connected with my written instruction and created delightful, fun and vibrant illustrations to bring Cora Farm alive.