Welcome to 2009! I hope you all had a happy festive period – I had a rather hectic few days rushing betweeen my Christmas and Tom’s, but it was lovely to see my family again, however briefly, and I now have lots of new books and board games and cooking pots to play with, so all good.
In other news, at the end of last year, I gave in my notice at my day job – so I’m now officially a full-time author – hurrah! It is very nice not having to go into work and pretend to be interested in invoices, but rather scary to have to sit down every day and actually write something. If you want to know what I do all day, you might be interested in this, which I wrote for the lovely people in Manchester, who have voted Ways to Live Forever onto the shortlist for the 2009 Manchester Book Award. Many thanks.
In America, I made it onto the Horn Book Fanfare 2008; The Horn Book‘s pick of the best children’s books of 2008. It makes me particularly happy to be sandwiched between Terry Pratchett and Hilary McKay. I was also mentioned in the end of year round-up in The Irish Independent and was a book of the year in The Sunday Business Post (four critics down). And anyone who wants to know what I sound like might also want to visit this website, where you can hear me pronounce my name. Strange but true.
Wishing you all good luck and happiness wherever you may want to travel this year,