SM Satchwell was born in West Yorkshire but has lived in Cambridgeshire since she was 4 years old.
The first animals in her life were cats, followed by dogs, fish, and rodents. In 2012 came the first birds – two Pekin bantam hens purchased from a garden centre, and a budgerigar which landed in the garden one afternoon.
Her interests are reading, writing, collecting foreign and pre-decimal currency, drawing, the Internet, the countryside, and farming the old way. She also likes feeding the wild birds that visit the garden, and has seen the number increase within just a few years.
She collects books and reads constantly. She doesn’t really have a favourite author, although the same ones do crop up repeatedly – such as JM Auel, VC Andrews, Catherine Cookson, Nicholas Evans, and Catherine Applegate (in fiction).
Her favourite childhood cartoon was The Animals of Farthing Wood – which she still has a very soft spot for. She dislikes popular television, preferring to watch “real reality” such as documentaries, and a few cartoons (The Simpsons, Futurama, Rugrats, Fairly Oddparents). Her DVD collection includes Steptoe & Son, Road Trip, American Pie 1 & 2, Disney animated feature films, and Catherine Cookson adaptations.
She lives with her father, Len the Staffordshire bull terrier, Bessie & Ginger the Pekin bantams, and Joey the budgie. Plus the sparrows, starlings, wood pigeons, collared doves…
She believes that animals are sentient beings who should have their rights recognised and respected, and regularly donates to animal welfare charities.
She has always wanted to write a book, and Len Stories was born when she purchased a packet of notebooks from the Sunday market. It took less than a month to fill one notebook with stories about Len.
SM Satchwell’s second book, about the bantams and Joey the budgie, will be published soon.