Where Firwood all began

Lynne Armstrong-Hobbs is a business studies graduate. She was at the forefront of establishing Credit Unions in the North of England.

Later she became head of training for the national organisation, spearheading crucial legislative change for financial co-operatives.
Following the birth of her second daughter, she worked part-time,and she did what she had always promised herself she would do.

‘I had always wanted to write children’s books. I was immersed in literature myself from a very young age - literature has always been my passion. Writing is in the family - My daughter Holly is a successful journalist, her first book with Random House, was released in May 2014.

Since 2010 she has had great success. Her books are available through all Waterstones book stores and Amazon, in both hardback and Kindle format. Many libraries stock her books. When she is not writing about new adventures, she visits schools and reading groups, where her books are popular with teachers and children alike. The wide vocabulary and beautiful illustrations enhance the stories and make these books to cherish.

'Anything that encourages young readers and writers is great. Children see things differently, and the old rules don’t apply - how refreshing! A tiny word can begin a roaring fire of prose.'


Some of the lovely e-mails I receive!

To: firwoodmagic@hotmail.co.uk
Subject: firwood book 1
Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2012 16:00:20 +0100
Dear Lynne Armstrong-hobbs,

At the moment i am pretty much glued to your book (not literally luckily!) in fact, i am reading it right now!! How do you describe your work so well? Can you visualize what you write in your head or do you do sketches of what you want it to look like?
I am really enjoying all the mystical, magical creatures, especially the Treeglies. i wish i could write like you.
I am currently reading the magic garden (book number 1) which is one of the first books i have ever read in day time! usually,i will read for hours at night but detest reading at home in the day! it must be good then mustn't it!
The pictures are amazing! who did them?
the pussy cat in the book reminds me of my cat who went missing nearly 3 years ago, smokey. i really miss her and one of the main reasons i like this book is because of it.

thank you for signing my book, i really enjoy it
from Imogen

From: Cheltenham The Promenade- Enquiries
Sent: 17 June 2012 12:44
To: 'firwood.magic@hotmail.com'
Subject: Yesterday's signing
Hi Lynn
Thanks so much for coming to the store yesterday for a frankly spectacular signing!

Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2012 21:47:34 +0100
From: claire
To: firwoodmagic@hotmail.co.uk
On the 16th June i met you in waterstones and we had a nice chat, you signed your book for me and asked me to
e-mail you when i finised reading. I finised the book on the 21st June, i thought it was amazing because i felt
i connected with the characters, my favourite character is the leaf blower because he is funny. I now have
your other 2 books and have started reading one now.
From helena xxx

Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2012 20:11:27 +0100
> From:
> To: firwoodmagic@hotmail.co.uk
> Subject: The Magic Garden
> Hi, I don't know if you remember me but I was the boy who spoke to you
> in Waterstones in Weston-Super-mare on 23rd June and bought 'The Magic
> Garden'. I finished the book a few weeks ago and I really enjoyed it.
> It was very exciting and you never knew what was going to happen next.
> I am hoping to buy the other books in the series and hope that they are
> just as good.
> from Alex (sent from my Mom's email).

To: firwoodmagic@hotmail.co.uk
Subject: Immi, the lime green dragon
Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2012 21:59:02 +0100
Dear Lynne,
We were thrilled to discover your 3rd Firwood Magic book the other day in Octavia’s bookshop but absolutely devastated that we missed the launch! Not quite sure how that happened. Immi (and we!) are delighted, however, at her namesake’s character in the book. Immi is very proud and yet again you have motivated her to pick up a book and enter the magical world you have created. The ‘Magic Maze’ looks set to be her third, especially having met you and knowing that you so kindly shared her name with such a lovable character.
Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, for being so encouraging when you met Immi, and for motivating her when nothing else has worked! You have made her feel very special and your warmth, interest and care have given her inspiration in a world of words.
Thankyou again; you have made our summer!
Affectionately yours,
Immi, (Immi’s Mum and Dad)

Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2012 19:32:54 +0100
Subject: A good read
From: clemmie
To: firwoodmagic@hotmail.co.uk

Dear Lynne,

My name is Clemmie, we met in Waterstones on Saturday. You asked me to read one of your books, then if I could email my thoughts. I read your book so fast because once I had started I could not put it down! It is such an intriguing book.My favourite character has to be Ian the dragon because he is so kind and careful, but I also liked the talking table.I definitely will read the other books.It was a nice change from Malorie Blackman and a perfect book to read at bedtime! The part that scared me most was when I thought they were all going to die either by being eaten by The River Monster or by drowning in the river. For a moment I thought the little flower fish were evil! Then I realised they were just helping. Hope we can meet again.

From Clemmie Bath
P.S The book I read was book 3, A magic maze,An amazing place.

To: firwoodmagic@hotmail.co.uk
Subject: your book
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2012 17:02:57 +0000
to Lynne Armstrong-Hobbs

I loved your book. I really like Mr leaf blower, he is so so so funny. i like Monty the cat

the book is so interesting and exiting and Ian is a cool dragon. I like Ian as that is my dads name.

i found i could not put the book down and i wanted it to go on forever.

from Madeline, who bought you book in water stone Taunton.

Subject: The magic garden
> From:
> Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2012 19:11:33 +0000
> To: firwoodmagic@hotmail.co.uk
> Dear Lynne,
> You may not remember me but I met you in Waterstones in Cheltenham on the 15 December and my grandad bought me one of your books, The Magic Garden. I have read it all now and wanted to email you to tell you what I thought of your book.
> I loved it! My favourite character was Monty. I want to see a magic garden. There were some
> hard words in it but I was ok, I can't wait to get the next one.. the cat ,the dragon and the
> Moonbeam. Thank you for coming over to me my mummy & grandpa otherwise I
> wouldn't have read such a wonderful book.
> I will remember you all the time.
> love Sophia xxxx