Laura Sieveking

I have always loved writing and have fond memories of hiding in my bedroom writing a series of books about an unlikely friendship between a princess and a bear. When I finished university, I became an Editor, as I love everything about words and language. I worked in an educational publishing company, editing books for schools.

While I was there I also published many books – both fiction and non-fiction – which are used in schools today. One day, I had the idea that I wanted to write a sports fiction series for 8-12 year olds. The series would combine everything I loved as a child – specifically gymnastics, friendship and getting into mischief! And so The Royal Academy of Sport for Girls was born. There are currently four books in the series, each focusing on a different character playing a different sport at the elite sports school.

SRC Team note: Laura is one of our Guest Blogger’s this year. Learn more about Laura and her tips for great writing by following her weekly blog this summer!

Getting to Know Laura Sieveking

Game On: How did you get into writing?

I’ve always loved writing and reading. After working for many years as an Editor, I decided I wanted to write my own stories. So I sent my series off to Penguin Random House and was ecstatic when they said they wanted to publish it.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always wanted to work with books. I thought about working as a librarian, an editor and a writer. Most of my career has been in editing, but I do love writing too.

What are some of your favourite games to play?

Growing up, I was a keen gymnast. I was always outside, climbing trees or hanging upside-down off something! Nowadays I like playing games with my two kids–sometimes outdoor games like soccer and sometimes rainy day games like Uno and Scrabble.

Do you have a favourite sport, sporting event or sporting hero?

I love watching gymnastics. Those girls are amazing! I also like watching rugby union, which might come down to the fact that I was born in Wales (they love rugby!). I’ve been to three Rugby World Cups!

What kinds of activities do you like to do to supercharge your summers?

My kids and I spend a lot of the summer in our pool. We always get an inflatable water slide and do sliding dives into the water. My husband likes to surf, so we like to get out the beach as much as we can in the summer.

Can you recommend some good GAME ON reads for our SRC Members?

While it’s not about sport, Belinda Murrell’s Pippa’s Island books are set on a sunshiny island. They make a perfect summer read!


To learn more about Laura, visit her Facebook page.

A Creative Tip

Don’t stop writing!

If you want to be a writer, you need to practice lots of writing! Quite often kids like writing little stories when they are younger but they stop doing it as they get older. Don’t fall into that trap! Keep writing about whatever it is you are passionate about. Don’t ever be ‘too old’ or too busy to sit down and write a story.

Hot Off the Press

Laura Sieveking’s newest book series is now available. Have you had a chance to read them yet?

Book Tile: The Royal Academy of Sport for Girls:#1 High Flyers

Publisher: Penguin Random House

Recommended Reading Age: 8–12

Book Description:

Being accepted into the Royal Academy of Sport for Girls was all Abby Rogers had ever wished for. But before her feet can touch the ground, the gymnasts are thrown into their first competition. The pressure is on! With rivalry growing between the students, Abby begins to doubt if she is, in fact, Academy material.

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