Writing children's books helps British royal SARAH FERGUSON cope with her
weight problems because the process takes her back to her childhood - when her
compulsive eating began.
The DUCHESS OF YORK has joined a growing list of celebrity storytellers,
which includes MADONNA and JAMIE LEE CURTIS, but the tales she tells are just
as much for her as her young readers.
Through her seven books, including new story LITTLE RED, FERGIE has come
to terms with her own childhood problems, which became bigger as she got
She explains, "In the last few years I've had to look at the fears of the
little girl I was at 12, a girl who never addressed the fact that her mother
went off to Argentina and who, from then on, felt abandoned, missing,
"I thought she left because on that day I had cut my hair. Mom never
wanted me to cut my hair because it was red curly locks.
"I've lived with being a compulsive eater since then, which is why I had
the weight problem. When I write my children's books, I go back to the little
girl who didn't face those fears."