I was tagged by the gorgeous Rowan Coleman to answer these questions. I’m a bit wary since I’m still writing the book and no one really knows much about it, but I’ll do my best… (and I’ve included some pretty photos of trees – taken by me – to liven things up).
• What is the working title of your next book?
Lilly’s Wish. Not a very exciting title, but I’m rubbish at titles, and it’ll do to be going on with.
• Where did the idea come from for the book?
I can’t remember. I know I was thinking about wishes, but the rest of it – the bit I can’t really say – came out of nowhere. Or rather the same mysterious place ideas always come from…
• What genre does your book fall under?
Magical realism for 9-12? Although I’m not sure if that’s really a genre…
Blimey. I’ve no idea. I’ve got a really clear picture of Lilly in my head and I feel like I know the actress who should play her, but I just can’t grab it. Small. Dark hair. Cute. Oh actually, I just realised I’m thinking of a little girl I used to babysit, not an actress at all. She must be about 25 now though, so she can’t play her. I’ll have to keep thinking…
• What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
I can’t say! ‘Be careful what you wish for’ is sort of a clue, I suppose.
I don’t know yet. I’m out of contract at the moment and I haven’t finished it, so it’s all open right now.
• How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I haven’t finished it! I’m just over halfway through and stuck in my usual ‘wanting to write – putting off writing – writing and loving it – putting off writing’ cycle. And no, knowing that I do this every single time doesn’t seem to help me stop. Gah.
• What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I can’t think of any within my genre, but since I started writing it, I keep thinking about Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen. I’d love it if I could make it even a squillionth as magical as that book.
It was partly inspired by the Year 6 class in Harry’s old school. Once I had the idea, I went in to the school to talk to the students about it and they were all kind enough to share their wishes with me – written on luggage tags, which is what happens in the book – and some of them have inspired events in the story. They’re actually really gorgeous. Here’s just a few:
I wish that my Aunty Bill could come back alive. That’s what I would like to wish for.
I wish I could go in a shark cage.
I wish to be able to fly so I can grab my own star from the Northern sky.
I wish my arch-enemy got stung to death by bees!
• What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
There may be a talking dog…
My five writers for next Wednesday are: