Mara has been an editor at Walker Books since 1983 and claims to be part of the furniture but she's far too lively and creative to be that wooden. As well as being a brilliant editor, she is a widely published poet and an award winning picture book writer. Her latest 'Oliver' book is, 'Oliver and the Noisy Baby'. ' Her next book is 'Snip Snap, Look Who's Back!' and is out in February 2012. Phew!
I can't sing and I've always wished I could, especially as... my secret ambition is to be a back-up singer - or a stand-up comic.
I once rode 100 miles on my bicycle in one day and couldn't sit down for a week
I also taught my budgie to say, "Hello, baby"
My favourite food is aubergine
I also love chocolate, especially Hershey's Hugs
I know all the words to the songs of Mary Poppins
I once taught my turtle to climb stairs
Aren’t we editors a demanding and picky lot! But as you’ve asked, I will share with you the top three things I’m wishing for in a manuscript when it lands on my desk:1. The script will be easy on the eye, probably set in Times New Roman, 12 point, with spaces of 1 ½ lines; it will not have the title, author’s name or agent’s address on every page and it will be paginated.
2. The story itself will be riveting and I will not have read anything like it before. I won’t be able to turn the pages quickly enough; the characters will be so engaging that I will wish I knew them in real life.
|I'm guessing Mara had a real turtle but I may be wrong|
Wishing you a very happy holiday – and happy writing!
|Mara's favourite childhood read!|