1. Describe your book to us in one sentence?
The Handmaid’s Tale meets "Mean Girls".
2. What does it mean to be on the first YA Book Prize shortlist?
It is an honour, especially given the calibre of the other authors on the shortlist. The titles included were some of my most-anticipated reads of 2014 and I feel very lucky to have been listed among them. There’s also a lovely sense of excitement surrounding this award due to this being the inaugural year which I’m enjoying being a part of.
3. Why do you think your book should win?
Because my Granny Murphy will be very proud of me; and that’s pretty much all I care about in life.
4. What is your all time favourite YA book?
This is an impossible question! The first book I remember making a huge impact upon me as a teenager was Northern Lights by Philip Pullman so I’ll choose that one. (I am already questioning this decision. Let’s move on quickly.)
5. What is special about YA in the UK and Ireland?
I’ve been overwhelmed by the welcome I have been given by the YA community in the UK and Ireland. From fellow authors, bloggers, and readers alike, there is such a genuine sense of kinship, particularly on Twitter. I have made friends with some amazing people who have offered me support and encouragement, without any feeling of competitiveness. It’s wonderful.
Next week: Dawn O'Porter