It’s not that we were discussing huge deals or big prizes - we were simply talking stories. Engaging, exciting, beautifully crafted stories.
I hope this would be enough to make anyone feel lucky – but more than just talking about them, we were exploring their creation….
- Structure, pace, humour, morals, messages and more: all the intricate facets of storytelling;
- Looking at these in relation to some of my own ideas;
- And also thinking about new and more integrated approaches to writing for children.
There was a true sense of collaboration. This isn’t always the case with authors and their publishers. But here there really was. It was genuine and invigorating. And that’s why I’m feeling very lucky today.