They say ‘There’s a book in everyone.’

Well, to my surprise, there was one in me!

I am a mum and have been a London cabbie since 2001, I love my job. I love the city, the architecture and I have the loveliest passengers.

It all started Christmas 2016, I was given a journal, from Mags one of my marvellous friends. On the cover it read ‘For my great ideas.’ Over the years I had told her about my inventions, none of which were really workable, to be honest. However, I noted the ones I could remember and just left them there in the book.

I was stuck in traffic in Park Lane one day when suddenly had this idea of a story about a magic taxi. I wasn’t sure how it was going to work but I got my book out, wrote down the title and put it away (after stopping somewhere safe, of course!).

Several weeks later, I was travelling on a coach to the British Museum for a class visit, when we passed Battersea Power Station. It was a hive of activity, after many years of being vacant it was finally being renovated. I got the children to count the cranes.

Like a lot of London cabbies, I listen to BBC Radio London. I have heard presenter Jo Good say ‘There’s a book in everyone’ on numerous occasions, but it had never stirred anything inside me before. As soon as I heard her say it, I had a lightbulb moment; everything came together. I had an idea for a book: that was the seed. The location, Battersea – was the earth. Finding out about London’s past – was the water and Jo was the sunshine, something clicked in my head and, a beautiful Poppy grew.

The magic taxi had to be called ‘Pops.’ One of my very best friends, Alison, has a daughter who suffers from Rett syndrome, a rare neurological disorder affecting mainly females. Her name is Poppy but we call her ‘Pops’ for short.

I really hope you enjoy reading her first adventure.

Fiona