How lucky am I? Not only do I get to write books about cake, but this week I got to have afternoon tea with one of the people who reads them! The utterly lovely Paige won the Mizz magazine ‘Tea with Susie’ star prize, and she and her family joined me and a few of the divine Scholastic ladies at the Wallace Collection in London. Much tea, cake, book-talk and giggling was had – not to mention cartwheels in the sunshine (confession: I left that bit to Paige). Keep up the dancing, Paige, and I hope you’re all having a lovely summer holiday this week!
Judy Blume, Meg Cabot, and, um, Margery Allingham. Plus Justine Larbalastier’s original version of this blog post, expressing her frustration at Bloomsbury’s choice of a shockingly disingenous cover for her YA novel Liar. I’m thrilled to see that sanity has prevailed – and have the utmost respect for her courage in speaking out.
Ooh! Aah! I shall have to be infuriatingly vague (since at the moment it’s still at the back-of-an-envelope stage and I haven’t even decided on the main character’s name yet), but I’m about to start my next book. (Well, I’m about to go on holiday and do no work on it at all, actually – but after that, workiness will ensue, I promise.) For the ultra-curious: think Groundhog Year. Hmm… *plots*
Frolicking around the Tower of London; building slightly less impressive towers for baby M to knock over; having pretty pictures taken for the My Invisible Boyfriend jacket by my super-talented friend Justa Mili; practising putting up my tent!