Mark Lemon is a Children's Author from Bristol. His book 'Otis Lemon and The Spectacular Submarine' won The Platinum Junior Design Award recently. In fact, they're really rather good. During October Lemon Drop Books are giving away £2 from every sale to www.winstonswish.org.uk
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for more and check out his 1-10 below.
Hello Mark and welcome to The Parent Post.
1. Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Mark Lemon. I'am a children's author and publisher at Lemon Drop Books.
2. Where do you live and how many children do you have?
I live in Bristol with my wife Simone and two children, Otis (5yrs) and Thea (19months)
3. Describe your Parenting style in three words.
Schizophrenic, jokey, timekeeper
…And now if we were to ask your kids to describe your Parenting style in three words what would they say?
Forgetful, shouty, silly
4. What was the last picture you took on your phone?
A picture of Thea wearing her full autumnal outfit. The sort of picture that she will hate me for in later years!
5. Describe a typical day.
Depends on the day really. I look after Thea on Mondays and Tuesdays; so it's out of the house by 8.10am with the buggy, Otis on scooter and a bag packed full of provisions to feed the hangry Thea! The rest of the week Simone does the school run, whilst I try and build the Lemon Drop Books empire/drink coffee.
6. Are you there yet? And where is there?
Not there yet, currently on a long coach journey from Bristol to London for a meeting.
7. Funniest or most tragic Parenting moment to date?
Bristol zoo had a summer long real life sized dinosaur exhibition. The first time Otis cried and cried when he saw them. Me being forgetful me, decided to take him back for a second time, to scare the hell out of him again (not on purpose I promise)! Poor little man.
8. Let’s talk about sleep… how much do you get a night?
Touch wood we are okay, not what you want to hear I'm sure! But generally we are in bed by 11-12pm and up around 6.30am. Not to bad, but we try and take it in turns with getting up with the kids in the morning.
9. How do you make sure it’s a Good Yawning?
By being organised, I don't deal well with being off the cuff, it makes me nervous!
10. Let’s talk about GIN. Father's Ruin or Father's Saviour? How do you relax?
Oh, Father's Saviour! We try to only drink at the weekend, but that bottle of something mid week is always a saviour. Exercise is a good way of relaxing for me, or as sad as it sounds I love a cooking programme (which the wife hates).
(Photography by Emily Gray Photography)