|Philip Ardagh and his beard|
2. You are your own boss.
3. You can "play God" by making up whole worlds.
|Robert Muchamore in London|
5. You can "escape" to another world inside your head.
6. You are creating something new and exciting that blesses and inspires others.
7. You can work anywhere.
|Steve Cole and his iPhone|
9. You can call travel, cinema and reading "research".
10. You meet fun and interesting people (especially other kidslit authors) and learn new things.
|CBBC Roman Mysteries season one|
12. Every bad experience can be used and is grist to the writer's mill.
13. Kids are the best fans and audiences ever!
|enthusiastic pupils at an unnamed school|
All photos by Caroline Lawrence, author of The Roman Mysteries, The P.K. Pinkerton Mysteries, The Night Raid and the forthcoming Roman Quests.