Interview with Liz Kessler – Author of North of Nowhere


As part of the North of Nowhere blog tour, we have an interview with Liz Kessler…

Please tell us a little about yourself

OK, here are some random facts about me. I live in Cornwall, having arrived in St Ives four years ago during a year’s travel in a motorhome. I used to write poems when I was little, and wanted to be a poet when I grew up. (Or an air hostess – that was a close second.) I lived on a narrowboat on a canal for the whole of my thirties. I’ve written ten books. North of Nowhere is number eleven. I have a Dalmatian dog called Poppy. I’m not sure what else you might want to know – but there are all sorts of random facts about me scattered around the internet!

Please tell us a little about ‘North of Nowhere’ and your inspiration for the book
North of Nowhere is the second of three standalone books I’m writing, which all deal with time slip issues in various different ways. It was inspired by a village in Devon called Hallsands, which was completely destroyed by a storm about a hundred years ago. It’s about a girl called Mia who gets caught up in some very strange events after her grandfather disappears. It’s very hard to say too much about it without giving away the plot, but I guess at its heart it’s about family and loss and mysteries and time travel, and I hope it will keep readers guessing all the way to the end!

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a new series about a group of children who all have something rather special about them, with a main character called Jessica Jenkins. I can’t say too much as it’s brand new and I tend to be a little secretive about my books at the beginning. But I’m really enjoying writing it, and I hope that fans of the Emily Windsnap and Philippa Fisher series will enjoy reading this one too.

Where is your favourite place to write?

My study in the attic of my house. I have two big windows which look out to the sea, and I have all sorts of things on my walls, like posters from book events or lovely letters from readers – which help keep me inspired while I work. As does Poppy, who sometimes likes to come to work with me.

What do you like to do outside of writing?

Mostly things to do with the sea. I love surfing and body boarding. I’ve recently started sailing again, and I LOVE going out for little fishing trips on the motor boat that we have moored up in the harbour in the summer. I also really enjoy photography and am rarely seen without a camera. I like coast path walkies with the dog. And I love a good sunday roast at the local pub with a group of friends!

Thanks Liz!

Orion Children’s Books are also running a competition in conjunction with the Guardian. The competition is open to all writers aged 8-13 who need to finish the story (which is the opening paragraph of NORTH OF NOWHERE) in 500 words or less. Entries are open from 17 January 2013 – 28 March 2013. The winner will have their story published on the Guardian Children’s Books website, will win a digital camera as well as £100 worth of Orion Children’s Books for their school library.
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