Today is a really special day. And do you know why? (Girls, you should.)
I was lucky enough to read this book a while ago, and even luckier to be given a proof copy (well, for me and my beloved) by Leila when we met in Brussels last year. It’s wonderful. It’s already one of my favourite books. It’s a book that, if you are girl, 9 years old or older, who likes good books, you should really look at reading. (You won’t be disappointed.) Honestly, it’s a book that makes me grin wildly just thinking about it – I love it!
And as if today wasn’t special enough – here’s an interview with the author:
So, who’s it for and what’s it about?
It’s mostly for girls aged around 9 to 11. (But you can also read it if you are 12! Or 8! Or 47!) It’s about an extraordinary girl called Bathsheba Clarice de Trop. At the start of the book, she seems like a horrible, spoiled and self-important person. But as you read on, you realise that in fact, all her arrogance and showing-off is a front. She’s lonely and unhappy inside. The story is about how she finds happiness after many ups and downs and learns not to be afraid of showing who she really is. By the end of the book, you find out she’s actually really nice inside. And she’s very funny all the way through!
Why did you write it?
The character just bounced into my head one day and started talking about herself! I thought, this is so much fun to listen to, I’d better write it down.
What do you hope readers will get from it?
One reader said something that I feel is just right. She said it made me laugh out loud, but it also made me think: That’s what I hope it will do!
How long did it take you to write?
The first draft was really quick – a week or so. Then editing was about a month. Then there was the whole editing process with the publisher, Usborne, which took more months.
Did you use a fountain pen to write it?
No, sorry! Fountain pens are wasted on me, I have terrible handwriting. I used biro, and then computer.
Tell us something about you.
I live in Brussels, and it’s not boring, it’s a gorgeous city with stunning architecture, great food and wonderful people.
What’s next for you?
I am working on the second Bathsheba Book as we speak, then there will be a third. In between, I continue to work on other novels for children and teenagers. I write as much as I can. I love it so much, I can’t imagine anything else I would rather do.
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And in the midst of all this excitement I’ll be spending the afternoon getting sorted for Monday’s visit to Lower Park Primary School. And maybe, doing some writing