Outside in a garden she heard someone else crying. It sounded like a little, lost, ghosty child. There are three linked stories in Willa and Old Miss Annie. The first is about a goat called Joshua. I really did see a white goat in a friend’s garden one night, and thought it was a ghost. The friend was called Willa, and she had rescued the goat from starvation. That’s what gave me the idea. The second linked story is about a Shetland pony that had been very badly treated and adopted by a little friend of mine called Amy. That’s what gave me the idea for that story. And one day I met an old lady taking a fox for a walk. She had rescued the fox when it was a cub. And that’s what gave me the idea for that story. If you read the three stories one after the other you see that they link up to form a novel.