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Karen Wallace

Canadian-born Karen Wallace is the author of over 70 books for children, including Emerald and the bestselling Raspberries on the Yangtze. She was born in Canada, but now lives in Herefordshire with her husband and a large cat called Cougar.
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My Life in 8 Words

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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 acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Learn how to play the piano

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Curly hair

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. avocados

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Elizabeth I

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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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