Hana Tooke | 'I woke up with most of the plot in my head'

Hana Tooke | 'I woke up with most of the plot in my head'

Hana Tooke was in the final stretch of her MA at Bath Spa University, deep into a steampunk fantasy adventure manuscript, when she embarked on a completely new and unexpected middle-grade story. She was “in a tangle” with the work-in-progress, she tells me when we talk over coffee in a Bath café, when The Unadoptables crept up on her. 

Tooke grew up in Holland, and had just returned from a trip there. “I was thinking back to my childhood and my identity and it felt like a lightning bolt. I woke up with most of the plot in my head.” With the support of her tutors, she shifted her focus to t...

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