Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. She is now published in nearly fifty countries, and has sold over twenty-five million copies of her novels worldwide. Two of her books have been adapted as films and she has created several TV series. She and her books have won numerous awards, including the Irish Book Award for Popular Fiction for The Year I Met You. She lives in Dublin with her family.
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Roger Tagholm is a freelance journalist and author who has been writing about the book industry for nearly 30 years. He contributes regularly to Publishing Perspectives and The Bookseller, and writes a fortnightly industry round-up for the London Book Fair website. He’s written features on the book industry in China, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates, and is the author of Poems NOT on the Underground (Windrush Press) and Walking Literary London (New Holland). He’s the co-author of Walking London’s Parks and Gardens, also published by New Holland.
We’re pleased to share this advice from children’s author, Gill Harvey. Gill spent the first half-decade of her writing career working on non-fiction at Usbourne, before moving onto fiction. She’s written stories for everyone from tots to teens, and for an equally wide range of publishers (though not always under her own name).
Natalia Kucirkova is a Senior Research Fellow at the University College London. Her research concerns innovative ways of supporting children’s book reading, digital literacy and exploring the role of personalisation in early years. Her publications have appeared in Communication Disorders Quarterly, First Language, Computers & Education, and Cambridge Journal of Education.
Mike Stoner was born in the UK, but currently lives in Prague with his family. He spent a year in Indonesia, which provided a lot of the inspiration for his first novel, Jalan Jalan. He was selected for The Guardian’s self-published book of the month before finding a traditional publisher. He currently teaches English, trains teachers and does freelance writing. He’s planning to finish his next novel by the end of the year.
Anna Caltabiano was born in British colonial Hong Kong and educated in Mandarin Chinese schools before moving to Palo Alto, California. Now a student in Brown University’s eight-year medical programme, she continues to pursue her interest in healing through the science of medicine and the power of narrative.
Hybrid author Carol Cooper is a doctor, journalist and president of the Guild of Health Writers. She contributes to The Sun, broadcasts on TV and radio and has a string of trade-published non-fiction books to her name. Now she writes and publishes novels, the latest being Hampstead Fever, a contemporary tale of urban life.
Adam Croft self-published nine books, selling tens of thousands of copies and turning down numerous publishing deals, before meeting his match with Amazon Publishing imprint Thomas & Mercer. He has been featured on the BBC and in the Guardian and is regarded as one of the most successful hybrid authors to date.
We spoke to Becky Chambers, the author of the award-nominated science fiction novel The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and its stand-alone sequel, A Closed & Common Orbit. She also writes nonfiction essays and short stories, which can be found in various places around the internet. Having lived in Scotland and Iceland, she is currently back in her home state of California. She can be found online at otherscribbles.com and @beckysaysrawr.
We spoke to Rowland White, bestselling author and Publishing Director at Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin Random House. He talked to us about the omnipresent Ladybird humour books, dogs in publishing and the shift away from aspirational reading lists.