One of the books was The Secret Hen House Theatre by Helen Peters. Helen did a talk at the Nosy Crow masterclass on what inspired her to write and how the writing process works for her. I bought her book, read it, loved it, passed it on to my daughter, who declared it 'brilliant', and then I sent a message to Helen via twitter to say how much we both enjoyed it. I was particularly struck by the first chapter, which set the scene for the rest of the book through a very skilful use of action and dialogue and minimal description.
Nosy Crow then asked if I would like to write a blog post for them, with my daughter. I did and you can read it here:
I'm off to Chicago on Monday for a 2 week work trip, so writing will have to take a back seat for a while. I'm planning to keep a journal while I'm out there...