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Interview with Bella Osborne

My favourite pen is a very special one, which my husband bought for me when I signed my first contract. It is a special edition Montblanc ballpoint pen called Princess Grace de Monaco (they call it that, not me!) It is a beautiful dark purple, which is my favourite colour and has a lovely weight… Continue reading Interview with Bella Osborne

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Interview with Donna Vann

The smell of pencils and paper is the smell of my childhood. Every day after school I would walk down the long hill to the centre of our small Texas town, where my mum managed a shop selling stationery and office machines. So it’s not surprising I have a complex relationship with office supplies. For… Continue reading Interview with Donna Vann

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Interview with Margaret Bateson-Hill

I prefer pen to pencil, but actually anything that writes – so if it’s a pen the ink needs to flow evenly, or a pencil it needs to be sharp. I have a dreadful habit of picking up biros that give up halfway through a sentence or pencils that are nearly worn down. As any… Continue reading Interview with Margaret Bateson-Hill

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Interview with Loretta Schauer

My favourite pen or pencil would probably be a fat soft chunky graphite stick. I have quite a few, (5B to 9B), and coupled with random bits of crayon, charcoal, and scrappy brushes I use them to create messy lines and textures for my picture book characters. But the work-a-day pencil I can’t live without,… Continue reading Interview with Loretta Schauer

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Interview with Helen Peters

I always use black Papermate Flexigrip Ultra pens. They’re really comfortable to write with and very reliable. I never go anywhere without two (in case one runs out – heaven forbid!) in my pocket or bag. Over the years, I’ve unconsciously developed a ‘Goldilocks’ system of notebooks. I always have a small, medium and large… Continue reading Interview with Helen Peters

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Interview with Moira McPartlin

The first book on writing I read was Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. In the opening chapters of this inspirational book she impresses on her reader the importance (and fun) of finding the right notebook and pen to free your imagination and keep your writing hand moving. This is a lesson I embraced.… Continue reading Interview with Moira McPartlin