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Anne Cassidy lives in Essex. She was a teacher for twenty years before becoming a full-time writer. She has published over twenty teen novels and is best known for the Booktrust Teenage Book Award winner Looking for JJ, which was also shortlisted for the Whitbread Award and the Carnegie Medal. Dead Time is Anne’s first book for Bloomsbury.
Anne Cassidy won both the Booktrust Teenage Prize and Sheffield Children’s Book Award for Looking for JJ.
Anne Cassidy Q&A
What are your 5 favourite books, and why?
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
Who are your 5 favourite authors/illustrators?
What was your favourite book when you were a child?
Enid Blyton books
What inspired you to write your latest book, The Murder Notebooks: Dead Time?
I wanted to write a long story that unfolded over four books. I wanted to give two teenagers a quest, to find their missing parents. I set it against an everyday backdrop in which teenagers face the usual array of problems and joys. So each book has a stand alone murder which sometimes ties in with the hunt for their parents.
When did you start writing?
When I was about thirty and became a teacher.
If someone wanted to be a writer what would be your number one tip for them?
Write little and often. Build up a portfolio of your work. Show it to friends and family.
Is there any particular routine involved in your writing process (favourite pen, lucky charm, special jumper)?
I always write straight onto a computer never by hand.
Do you have any abandoned stories in you ‘bottom drawer’ that you would like to revisit?
Yes, there is one that I wrote forty pages of and left. I may go back to that.