Hi Cathy! Can you tell us a bit about The Chocolate Box Girls series?
It's all about five sisters in a step-family and how they learn to get along together - or not! It's called the Chocolate Box Girls because the parents in the family launch a luxury chocolate business... yum!
What made you want to write a series, instead of the stand-alones that you used to write?
My readers had been asking for a series for a while, and Puffin my publishers felt this might be a good time to try it. I set the series up so that each sister had her own story to tell, taking the series forward, so they could almost be read as stand-alones too - best of all worlds! ;o)
If the Chocolate Box Girls series got offered a movie deal, who would you pick to play the Tanberry sisters?
Ooh... that would be SO cool! I'd have to have auditions from my readers - they know more about the characters than any casting director, right?
Good idea! What is your favourite food?
Chocolate... (hangs head in shame...)
What is the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you?
You had to ask this, didn't you? I was once waiting for the loo on an aeroplane on the way to Sri Lanka when the lady in front of me went in and managed to trap my skirt in the door. I was stuck in the aisle, unable to move because my skirt was stuck in the door, and even the stewardesses couldn't get past me. The whole plane was laughing and I was mortified. When the lady came out of the loo, releasing my skirt, I was so embarrassed I ran back to my seat without using the loo. Aghhh.
Oh no, haha! That sounds awful...but quite funny! Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
- Write every day, even if it's just a little.
- Write about things you care about - the passion will show in your work.
- Write for YOU - not because school tells you to.
- Don't be afraid to write in the style of a favourite author - you can learn a lot about style and narrative this way.
- Write in a journal or start a school magazine - anything you can do to get practice helps!
Where is the furthest you have ever travelled from home for a book signing?
Australia or New Zealand... and it was amazing, so totally worth it!
Wow! How long, roughly, does it take you to write a book?
Round about six months...
What can we expect from you when the CBG series finishes?
There's another stand alone I want to write, and then I have an idea for a new series...
Ooh, exciting! Chocolate or cake?
Chocolate cake. (What is this 'or' thing?!!! You can't choose between such awesomeness!)
I agree, good point! Apple or Windows?
Summer or Winter?
Again, I love both... but I'd maybe pick Summer. It's getting pretty rare these days, after all!