Me Yalc 2017

I am really glad you’ve accepted my interview. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.

Can you tell us a bit more about how you became a writer?
I always wanted to write – from when I was five or six years old. I loved reading and writing stories. However, I went on to become a primary school teacher and it was only when I became ill with M.E. and was housebound for a time, that I started to write. I did a correspondence course in writing for children and then, when I was able, I attended a writing workshop at City Lit College in London, where I now teach.

Was it difficult for the first book to find a publisher?
It wasn’t easy to get an agent. I sent the manuscript for I Have no Secrets to about ten agents before one said yes. When my agent took me on, she said she gets around 100 manuscripts a week from people wanting to get books published and she takes on 2 or 3 a year. Then I realised how hard it was! When she submitted the book to publishers there was a lot of interest and although it took some time for a final decision, I was delighted when Egmont offered me a two book deal.

Could you describe literature in three words?
Escapism, joy, courage.

Is there a book you would never read? Why?
I don’t tend to read fantasy books. I don’t mind the odd ghost or touch of fantasy but I prefer realism in general.

What’s your favorite book?
YA book – Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Adult – The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

EBooks or paper print?
I prefer print – I love the feel of a book in my hand, especially a new book! However, when travelling I love my kindle as it is so good to be able to load it up with books and is much lighter to carry!

What inspires you?
Experiences, snippets of conversation, radio documentaries, memories, and many other things …

Imagine you were given the opportunity to meet a book character in real life. Who would that be?
Paddington Bear
Please explain.
He’s cuddly, funny and loveable.

What’s your worst nightmare?
I was locked in the public library once which was quite scary! I am afraid of getting locked in somewhere far worse (at least I was surrounded by books!)

I can’t wait to read your next book. Are you currently working on a project? Is there any release date to reveal?
My next YA thriller is due for publicaiton in July 2020. I am busy working on it now!

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