Allan Ahlberg, one of the most acclaimed and successful authors of children's books - including the best-selling Jolly Postman series - says that he dreamed of becoming a writer since the age of twelve. But his route to that goal was somewhat circuitous.
Other jobs along the way included postman (not an especially jolly one, he recalls), gravedigger, plumber, and teacher.
The author wrote his first book when he was thirty-seven, after a decade of teaching - a profession that he maintains is "much harder" than being a writer.
Allan Ahlberg says that if he hadn't become a writer, he would have loved to be a soccer player. He lives in England with his family.
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