King was born in the tiny Hamlet of Sharpenhoe in Bedfordshire,
England, which sits beneath a small hill, smothered in
trees, known as The Clappers, nestled on the edge of the
Chilterns. To any Reader of The Life in the Wood
with Joni-Pip, that might sound a tad familiar!
was the seventh of eight children, placed between her
youngest brother, David and her youngest but older sister,
Sylvia. When she was eight, her family moved to another
tiny Hamlet in Bedfordshire called Bidwell. She so missed
the woods and the hills.
Carrie was educated in Dunstable, Bedfordshire
and loved school. English, Art and French were her favourite
subjects but she decided to become a doctor! However, this
didn’t happen, as she fell in love and was married
at nineteen. Being a wife and the mother of three daughters,
became her full-time career.
She began to write for television, encouraged
by Christopher Walker, Head of Drama for Central Television
and the journalist Pam Francis.
The Writing of The Life in
the Wood with Joni-Pip for her Great Niece,
Joni Philipa, began in November 1997 while staying in
a villa at Center Parcs, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire.
Joni Philipa was three years old at the time and she
was called Joni-Pip, by her parents Philip and Sarah.
Carrie started to draw her illustrations
for The Life in the Wood with Joni-Pip,
whilst staying at Center Parcs. She stayed there many times
with her family, and each villa she stayed in provided
her with yet another picturesque woodland scene.
Sadly in April 2000, writing was
interrupted for a few years by the tragic death of Carrie's
husband in an accident.
The novel began as a story for little children
but books take a long time to be written, printed and bound
and Joni-Pip grew much quicker than the story. What began
as a simple Child’s Tale evolved into an adventure
for much older children, which adults have enjoyed too.
The Life in the Wood with Joni-Pip was
finally finished in December 2007, over ten years after
it was started!
with Carrie King