Sally Prue

What books did you read when you were a child?
Everything I could get my hands on: 1930s school stories from jumble sales; E. Nesbit and C.S. Lewis from the school bookshelf; novels from the Jennings series from being very good indeed on shopping trips.

If you could be a storybook character who would you be?
Someone who’s quite like me already would be easiest. A small inquisitive bear from Darkest Peru perhaps (I have the duffle coat, though sadly not the furry ears).

What is the best thing about reading?
Having incredible mind-expanding adventures without having to get cold or wet, or even being very brave.

What is your all-time favourite book?
Emma, by Jane Austen. It’s very funny and wise and full of interesting and mostly likeable people, all of them gloriously imperfect. However often I read it I always discover more.

Other than reading books what is the most important thing a parent can do to help develop their children’s communication skills?
Be interested in them.

How big a part did your parents play in encouraging your writing skills?
A non-existent one. They thought fiction was a waste of time. They never ever read to me, or, later, really believed that people paid me to write books. Luckily I can be quite contrary.

How do you encourage your children or grandchildren to read, what books do you enjoy reading with them?
I used to read to them and sing to them and make up stories for them. We read my own old favourites and everything about anything they were interested in: sheep, clothes, trains…

Sally Prue is a writer for children of all ages, from picture books up to Young Adult fiction.

Her novel Cold Tom won the Branford Boase Prize and the Smarties Silver Award, and Song Hunter won the Historical Society’s Young Quills Award.

Her other jobs have included being a Time and Motion clerk, an accompanist, and a piano and recorder teacher.

Sally is married, has two grown up daughters, and lives on the edge of a small but very beautiful wood in Hertfordshire, England. Her latest book is Class Six and the Eel of Fortune (Bloomsbury).

Sally blogs at The Word Den. She is also to be found at http://www.sallyprue.co.uk and @sally_prue.

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