After realising she was never going to make it as an international show jumper (she didn’t have a horse)
Jayne decided to be a journalist instead. When she wasn’t at the riding stables she was writing stories, so it seemed like a good idea.
It took quite a long time to become a journalist as she faffed about at the University of Hull studying two ‘ologys’ and working on the student newspaper. After graduating in the ‘ologys’ she did an NCTJ course in journalism and then went to work, properly, in newspapers.
She did this on and off for quite a few years and then went off at a tangent and learned how to teach yoga. But she just couldn’t stop writing and eventually she wrote books for grown ups and children.
She lives in Galloway by the sea and you’ll either find her looking after the Curly Tale Books Shop in Wigtown, Scotland’s National Book Town or out kayaking.
Jayne is now listed with the Scottish Book Trust Live Literature Funding database. Find her details here
If you had asked Shalla (when she was a little girl) what she wanted to do when she grew up, the reply would have been ‘write and draw children’s books’. It took a few years, but she got there in the end! She went to Dundee to study art but then changed her mind and went to Edinburgh to study Ecology instead, followed by a Masters degree in Water Resource Management.
For the past ten years she’s been running a busy village post office and shop, but she kept writing and illustrating stories for her four children; having been inspired by her author father, Alan Grant.
Jayne (who also edits and produces books for other people) kept asking Shalla to do illustrations for her and this eventually led to the publication of her first book ‘Charlotte’s Woolly Yarn – A Spin Around South West Scotland’.
It seemed a natural progression from there to illustrate a much-loved tale from her childhood – The Quite Big Rock – written for her as a little girl by her dad.
Shalla has two dogs (one has only three legs), two ponies, two yin-yang cats, seven hens (watch this space – 3 are sitting on eggs), and one lucky cockerel.
Shalla is now listed with the Scottish Book Trust Live Literature Funding List find her details here