Sarah Crossan grew up in Ireland and then lived in New York for seven years before settling in London. Her novels for teens, Breathe, Resist, The Weight of Water and Apple and Rain are now available. Her next book, entitled One, will be published in August 2015.
Q. What books did you read when you were a child?
A. I’m not sure I read too many. I came to books quite late because of some wonderful teachers.
Q. If you could be a storybook character who would you be?
A. This changes depending on my mood. Today I think I’d like to be Lewis Carroll’s Alice. I fancy dipping down that rabbit hole and frolicking in madness for a while. I’d be particularly keen to meet the Red Queen!
Q. What is the best thing about reading?
A. I read recently that research suggests that reading boosts self-esteem, and I agree with this wholeheartedly. It calms the body and the mind completely and transports me elsewhere. It’s pure magic.
Q. What is your all time favourite book?
A. Virginia’s Woolf’s Orlando. I’m captivated by the idea of defying time. And the language is spellbinding – even the bits that take me two reads to fully understand.
Q. Other than reading books what is the most important thing a parent can do to help develop their children’s communication skills?
A. Talk to their children. Ask questions and be genuinely interested, although reading is, for me, the key. I take my daughter to the library at least once a week and we get twenty-four fresh books out each time. We talk about the books after we’ve read them, exploring how they made her feel. The ones she loves, I buy, and the ones she adores we will explore further by drawing pictures or creating our own spin-off stories.
Q. How big a part did your parents play in encouraging your writing skills?
A. My parents encouraged me to do whatever it was I felt drawn to. They believed that education was the way out of any situation and they have always been really proud of my academic achievements.
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