What is the funniest thing a reader has ever told you?
It’s not laugh out loud funny, but I get a kick out of it when I get reviews or emails saying, “I’m a grandmother/really old person/man of 70/whatever and I loved your book.” Considering I write for girls aged 10-14, it strikes me as amusing that there are people out there of all ages who will pick up a middle grade novel and enjoy it.
If you were an architect what type of house/building would you design? Explain your answer please.
I’m torn between something incredibly minimalist with huge glass windows, and an old fashioned, Victorian cottage. Either way, though, for me, it’s the location, not the house so much. If I can look
out onto an ocean view, I’m happy.
Do you ever laugh or cry while reading your own books? Explain!
Is it embarrassing or arrogant to say, ‘both’? I always think that if I’m bored, or not moved, by what I write, the reader won’t be either. I know it’s good writing when I get shivers from it myself.
What is the last book you read? Why did you read it?
Philippa Gregory’s ‘Three Queens’. I was in an airport, and it called to me from the airport bookshop. “Hello! Over here. Read me!” I’m a fan of the Tudor period of history, and Philippa Gregory always does a really good job with her settings and characters.
What author, living or dead, would you most like to meet and what would you ask them?
Probably none. I’m afraid that my perception of them would be destroyed. Like, what if Jane Austen didn’t like me? I’ve imagined us as BFFs, but if she thought I was stupid, I’d be horrified that I might turn up as the comic character in her next novel… Although, that on its own could be worthwhile, because that would mean there would be a next novel. I remember discovering Jane at the age of 15, reading all her works, and then saying, “Great, I’m done. Are there more?” I was devastated to find out she’d died young and couldn’t fulfil my need for more books.
Who wrote your favorite book, the one you have read over and over again? What makes this book your favorite?
To Kill a Mockingbird is a favourite because of its incredible voice. I also love all Jane Austen’s for their wit. I love Amy Tan’s characters and turns of phrase. And I love A Suitable Boy because it’s set in the part of the world where I grew up. My favourite YA novels are all old ones by Rumer Godden, the most individual writer I ever discovered. Her voice is to die for, and I hope she’s been influential on my own writing.
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C.M. Huddleston's Review of Love and Muddy Puddles
My one children's book a week read, Love and Muddy Puddles became a pleasure rather than a chore. I truly enjoyed reading about Coco and Charlie. Coco's mishaps and view of life made me laugh and made me cry. The other characters are interesting and fill out the story very well. The author's message is one that many young girls have to learn for themselves just like Coco did. I hope Cecily keeps writing for a long time as girls need strong characters like Coco!
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