Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes. Writing was the first job I remember wanting to do but it took me a very long time to actually sit down and write a proper book.
Where do you write your books?
I do have a little desk but I tend to do most of my writing at my kitchen table as it’s closer to the kettle and the biscuits.
What is the worst thing about writing?
It can be quite lonely and you need to be really, really strict with yourself to actually sit down and do it. It’s very easy to think up lots of other ‘important’ things you need to do instead (like looking on the internet at pretty cushions).
What is the best thing about writing?
The readers! I love being able to make people feel such strong emotions purely from my words on page – whether it’s making them laugh, cry or them cheering a character on.
Matthew in The Goldfish Boy has OCD. Do you have OCD?
No I don’t. When I was thinking of writing the book I knew I wanted the main character to be restricted to his bedroom and house. Around the same time I saw a documentary on the TV about OCD and I had no idea it was such a debilitating illness and I knew pretty immediately that this was what kept Matthew indoors. I spoke to an expert in OCD who works with young people and read lots about it.
Where is The Goldfish Boy published?
The book is published by Scholastic in the UK, Ireland, USA and Canada and also by them in Australia, Singapore, some countries in Africa and other parts of the world. It’s also being published in France (Pocket Jeunesse), Spain, (Grupo Planeta), Italy (Salani), Greece (Kedros), Korea (See & Talk), Turkey (Pegasus) and China (Jieli).
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