We’re really looking forward to reading Indigo’s Dragon by Sofi Croft (published next week on Thursday 23rd June by Accent YA) so it’s great to have her on board for our popular 5-4-3-2-1 feature!
5 books you’d save from a burning bookcase:
Going with sentimental choices on the basis everything else can be replaced:
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende because it’s my mother’s copy, fallen apart because she read it so much.
The Hobbit by Tolkien, my much loved copy from when I was a child.
Seven Little Monsters by Maurice Sendak, because my parents read it to me and I read it to my children.
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman, signed by the author to my daughter ‘Ten thousand blessings’.
All That Glitters by Catrin Collier, because the author is my mum and she dedicated this one to me.
4 places you love to read:
Anywhere outdoors, but especially the beach. This is my idea of heaven.
The Bath, so relaxing!
In front of the fire with a cup of tea or a glass of rum.
Waiting rooms. I love filling ‘dead time’ with a good story.
3 relationships you love reading about:
I love interesting, unlikely friendships, such as:
· cross species friendships (Lyra and Lorek Byrnison, Charlotte and Wilbur)
· cross generational friendships (Matthew Cuthbert and Anne of Green Gables, Kim and Teshoo lama)
· cross species, cross generational friendships (Sophie and the BFG, Michael and Skellig)
2 pieces of advice you’d give yourself if you could travel back in time to before you became a published author:
Don’t rush your submission off. Take your time, enjoy the writing process, and make it the best book it can be. When you think it’s ready, wait another couple of weeks then read it again.
Choose the publishers you submit to carefully. The aim is not just to be published, but to find the right publisher for you.
1 TV show you can watch all day long (when not busy writing):
Anything by David Attenborough.
(He’d be the author I’d want with me if I were stranded on a desert island too!)