Bristol born Caz Greenham lives in South Devon with her husband Geoff, and her cocker spaniels Lucy and Rosie. Her dad decided she would be christened Carole when she was born as she should have been born on Christmas Day, but, arrived prematurely two months early. Known as Caz to most folk these days, her books are published under the name, Caz Greenham. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
Prior to turning her attention to writing, Caz was, for more years than she cares to remember a private audio-secretary. Both her daughters are grown-up with children of their own, making her a proud Granny to four grandchildren, ranging from 2 to 17.
Caz is often asked the question, “What inspired you to write about a quirky seagull? And why did you call him Eric?”
Here’s her reply:
“My main character, Eric Seagull, was based on a Professor of Physics who worked with my dad in the sixties and into the seventies. Eric, the professor, asked me to dance at a Christmas party my dad organised, while my best friend Sylvia (owner of a ‘mobile disco’ ~ all the rage in the sixties and seventies ~ played the song (vinyl record) Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree). Eric asked my dad’s permission to dance with his daughter, me! No, was my answer. He was far too old! As a young girl, I found the ‘hedge’ growing out of his large (flaring) nostrils far from attractive. My dad simply smiled, and said nothing. Eric wore a flamboyant waistcoat and bow tie. His hair was sunshine yellow and extremely messy. Eric Seagull was born many years later in 2009 when a local seagull gave me the eye as I passed by.”
Other authors in the family:
A love of writing and reading good books is definitely in her family’s genes! Her mother’s late cousin and author Doreen Tovey, wrote many books about Siamese cats. She also wrote Life With Grandma which happens to be about Caz’s own Great Grandmother who sailed to England from Argentina at the age of 10. Cousin Doreen was President of The Siamese Cat Club until her passing in January 2008.
Caz’s eldest Grandson, now aged 17, had his poem published while still at school: a proud Granny moment. He now attends the local College.
Caz’s 15 year old Granddaughter prefers horses to books! She’s been horse-riding since she was 5, and her ambition is to work with animals when she leaves school. Her two youngest Grandchildren are 2 and 7.
Things Caz likes include: Walking her dogs by the sea. Baking cakes. She makes the best pancakes – according to her little Grandson. Making apple pies. Gardening. Planting up hanging baskets. Reading on her Kindle.