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I have always been a storyteller, working as a theatre and radio actor in London and across Europe for over a decade. Years of performing, across almost every theatrical genre, has given me a nuanced understanding of dialogue, story arcs and narrative voice, along

with an innate connection with a story's audience, whether metres away in a

performance space or listening in from around the world.

Upon becoming a parent I was drawn into the gorgeous, never-never land of

children's picture books, half-reading, half-performing a new tale to my boys

every evening. It soon became clear that a career which took me away from

home for months on end was not compatible with my dreams for parenthood,

so I put my acting career on hold and moved into arts management. I have since

worked extensively with world-leading orchestras and dance organisations, both

beautiful, entrancing forms of story-telling that transport an audience in the same

way a great picture book does.

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Children recreate and redefine themselves on a daily basis. We should not be defined by what we studied in our twenties, nor by our career choices in our thirties. So, in 2021 I decided to embark on a new journey; after years spent reading bedtime stories I set about making my own. The result - ‘How To Be Me’ - was shortlisted for the 2023 Searchlight ‘Best Illustrated Picture Book Award’ and the 2024 'Selfies Children's Book of the Year' award. The book sold out after its first week in-store at Twickenham Waterstones, and its launch was swiftly followed by invitations to local Schools for a series of  highly-praised author visits. I am currently compiling a portfolio of work whilst concluding a year-long professional development course in picture book writing.

Plans for 2024 include developing my relationships with KS1 School SENCO’s and Literacy leads, continuing to raise the profile of 'How To Be Me' and commencing production on my second picture book.


Ink & Pencil Publishing is a new craft publisher of beautifully illustrated and meaningfully written children's picture books. Our books are works of art that encourage the reader and listener to dive deep into them, inhabit their worlds, pore over them, possess them, share them, and of course read them aloud again and again and again. We establish creative collaborations with emerging artists and debut writers to celebrate the best in new global talent. Ink and Pencil Publishing is the author imprint of Amy Dodero. An author imprint is the name used by indie writers and self-publishing authors to publish their books, allowing them to bypass the powerful and often impenetrable mechanisms of the publishing industry and reach their readers directly, thereby retaining creative control of the their projects, maintaining a more direct connection with their readers and increasing their royalty payments.

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