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The story behind the story

Blog tour: day five, Choose YA

Choosing YA asked me about the inspiration for How to Keep a Boy as a Pet…

From Choosing YA Books, May 4, 2012

THE STORY BEHIND MY STORY

Hello Lucy, and everyone who loves to read YA. I’m delighted to be popping in on day here of my blog tour.Right, now big deep breath, as this isn’t always an easy subject to talk about. The story behind my story, How to Keep a Boy as a Pet. Okay, here goes…

My earliest memories are of big smiles. My mum was kind and kept me out of too much trouble (although I was excellent at getting into trouble, even back then). And my dad, well, he was my hero: a really big character, always full of jokes and stories, always ready to take me off on some mini adventure in the back garden. The days I remember with him always seemed sunny and full of laughter.

Then, just before my fourth birthday, my dad left home. And he didn’t come back. And no-one really told me why, so my brain started to look like this…

Read on at the ChooseYA Blog…

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