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Mummy’s having a temper tantrum

I have a terrible temper. Mostly I think people would see me as very calm; I have been surprised from time to time by friends and colleagues describing me as serene; I’ve even been called ‘majestic’ on one occasion.  But when I lose it, I lose it. Big time. Read more

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The Book Thief – will a publisher steal my idea?

One question authors often ask me is, ‘how do I know you won’t steal my ideas or my words?’ There is no ironclad guarantee that a publisher won’t steal your concept or your manuscript. However, even on a pragmatic level a reputable publisher would never steal from an author, because it would mean that if word got out (as it inevitably would, because publishing is a pretty tight-knit industry), no one would submit manuscripts to that publisher – and that would be the death knell to their business. Read more