Karen Wallace

Karen Wallace
has written or contributed to more than 90 books for children including, for Watkins, More Nightlights.

Lou Kuenzler
has a background in theatre direction and is now a successful children's writer; her books include The

Ugly Egg
and, for Watkins, Angels at Bedtime.

Books by this Author

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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Hang in. You never know what's round the corner.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Sitting with my family on a terrace overlooking the sea on a warm night, knowing someone is cooking a fine supper for us.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. a Sumatran orangutan

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Losing my family

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Bossing people about

Author Voices

July 15, 2011

I have always been fascinated by Tudor times. If I could choose to be stuck in a lift with anyone, it would be Elizabeth I. With EMERALD, I wanted to find a voice that was modern and engaging.

Emotions don't change like fashions and while I tried hard to make Emerald a girl of her time, she had to be first and foremost a girl who had problems and worries that anyone now might understand. At first I tried to write the story in the third person but that didn't work because I wanted the same immediacy of voice as in RASPBERRIES ON THE YANGTZE and CLIMBING A MONKEY PUZZLE TREE, alongside an authentic and believable historical background like that... see more


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