What inspired you to write Away With Words?
Are any of the characters or elements of the story based on real people or events?
What do you hope young readers will take away from the story and how it unfolds?
Can you tell us anything about what the future holds for Gala?
We love the idea of words as physical objects that reflect our personalities! What do you think your words would look like?
Great question! I’m generally quite a quiet, calm person, so I think my words would usually be in softer tones and smooth shapes. I’m also a bit of a mumbler, so they’d probably blur together quite a bit!
Why did you choose to write books for this age group?
I’ve always been a big reader, and there are so many books for this age group that inspired me to write: Skellig by David Almond, Northern Lights by Philip Pullman, and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor, to name just a few.
Do you have a favourite place to write?
I don’t get the chance to do it very often but I love writing in cafés – something about being around other people helps me focus much better than I can at home.
Which other books for tweens and teens would you recommend our subscribers read next?
Recently I really enjoyed Jamie by L. D. Lapinski and Hazel Hill is Gonna Win This One by Maggie Horne, and some of my favourites are Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson and The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.
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