Charlotte Hartley-Jones is the writer of The Hospital Hoppities. She is a clinical psychologist and mother of three who has first-hand experience of life in the ward as her own son has a chronic condition.
Charlotte wanted to write a story with a background setting that resonates with children and families for whom hospital is not a scary unknown place, but is rather a place where they spend a lot of time and have to carry on ‘normal’ life within its walls. For families with children with chronic conditions, the community of hospital is important and the story emphasises the different elements of hospital life, while empowering the main character with a helping role, rather than a dependent one.
Charlotte has also written a book for new mums called Self-Kindness for Mums, holds an MA in Contemporary History and an ITEC Diploma in Body Massage, and has previously worked as a residential social worker, a clinical studies officer, a research worker and for about three hours as a glass collector (that last one didn’t end well…in a crash, smash, crash, smash… don’t bother coming back sort of way…)
Her writing Twitter handle is @CharlHJones where you can discover content veering from writing-related tweets to pictures of her ginger cat Flash and snack preferences.