Guest Spotlight – Z.R. Southcombe on Roald Dahl: Inspiration and Imagination

Today I’m very happy to introduce the first ever guest post here on my blog, a short “spotlight” post by my good friend and fellow writer Z.R. Southcombe about one of her literary idols. Z.R. released her debut What Stars Are Made Of, a word-less storybook, in late 2014 and just yesterday her latest novel, The Caretaker of Imagination, was launched. Without further ado, here’s the post.

Roald Dahl: Inspiration & Imagination

There are a lot of sources where writers find their inspiration, but probably the most common of all is in a good book.

At my book launch yesterday, one question put forward to me was, “Why write for children?”

The answer was, “Because that’s what inspires me.”

As a child, books were a huge part of my life. I read voraciously and broadly. One author – in fact, one book stood out for me most though: ‘Matilda’, by Roald Dahl. It was one of the first books I read that left me feeling empowered as a child.

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Dahl made me feel that kids were just as important, if not more important, than adults. When I finished reading it for the first time (obviously I have re-read this book several times!) I made a promise to myself that I would NEVER forget what it’s like to be a child.

That’s the place my latest book, The Caretaker of Imagination, came from: children are important, imagination is important, and grown-ups are silly (well, at least 99.873% of them are).

Dahl’s books have humour and silliness, but also a certain amount of depth that makes them particularly re-readable. I like that in a book, and it’s something I hope my work has as well. This also makes it appealing to both adults and children.

The Caretaker of Imagination is available now on Amazon and Kobo. You can get a print book from

Z.R. Southcombe is a children’s fantasy writer and surrealist painter. No matter what project she is currently working on, Z. R. is usually accompanied by a cup of tea.

5 Replies to “Guest Spotlight – Z.R. Southcombe on Roald Dahl: Inspiration and Imagination”

  1. Good children’s books can have a life long influence on whether a child grows into a reader or not. We need more good books out there for children, Z.R. Southcombe! So keep on writing.

  2. Thank you for your comment, Terry. I intend to keep putting books ouf there, and I certainly intend to keep writing for children.

    Emma, thank you so much for the opportunity to post on your blog. Kinda chuffed that I’m the first guest post 🙂

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