I’d always wanted to be an author, but I didn’t really think this would ever be an opportunity open to me. As a young person, I lacked confidence, despite performing well at school, and I had this idea that writers were a different breed – that I was born into the wrong family for this to be a possibility. It was only in my mid-twenties, when I returned to university to complete a masters degree in creative writing, that I began to take the idea of publishing a novel seriously.
How does it feel that two of your books, Apple And Rain and The Weight Of Water were shortlisted for the Carnegie medal?
I cannot adequately express how happy each shortlisting has made me. To be shortlisted for a debut is an amazing feeling, but in some ways the Apple and Rain shortlisting was even more special because I realised it hadn’t all been a terrible fluke!