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Karen Wallace is the author of more than ninety books, including the novel Raspberries on the Yangtze and the picture books I Am a Tyrannosaurus and Think of an Eel. Karen also writes for children¹s television. She lives with her husband, novelist Sam Llewellyn; two sons, Will and Martin; and two Maine Coon cats, Cougar and Dave, in England.
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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

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

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

A. a Sumatran orangutan

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Kathryn Swynford

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. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Insistent ignorance

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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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