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What inspired YOU to start writing?

I’d love to tell a romantic story about being the sort of child who scribbled stories whenever I had a free moment and dreamt about being an author as I read books under the bedcovers. It’s true I did once win a storytelling competition at school – something to do with a disappearing elephant from […]

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Shadow Stealer Characters: Fletcher and Scoop

“Depending on your department, you will either work alone with your guide or be partnered with another student. Apprentice Heroes, for instance, work solo, without friends and against all the odds. Apprentice Adventurers, however, must work in pairs – for a Quest will never succeed without the strength of companionship and camaraderie.”

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What unique disciplines do you need when writing for children?

Perhaps the most obvious one is enjoying reading children’s literature yourself. Personally I love kid’s books! Because of this, I’m not really writing for children (although, of course, you do keep your audience in mind, especially in the later drafts) I’m just writing the sort of stories I love to read. Why do I love […]

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Would you ever consider writing a book aimed entirely at adults?

Yes, but not yet. At the moment I need to focus on writing for children and become known for doing so. Audiences (and publishers) like to know what to expect, and to change to quickly would confuse things. In some ways that’s a pragmatic decision about building a recognisable ‘brand’, but also I love writing […]