Hello everyone and welcome to day 3!
Today, I have the wonderful Sarah Moore Fitzgerald with a Q&A!
Can you tell me about your new book The List of Real Things.
It's about two sisters who are struggling to deal with life. They live with their much loved uncle, and their grandfather, and Louis the dog, but no-one will talk about the death of their parents, and as the years go on, the silence on the subject becomes harder and harder to bear. It's really the story of what happens when the unexpressed grief gets too heavy to carry. But it's also about all the normal challenges that everyone faces as they grow - how to make friends, when do you know if you've fallen in love, how to take care of a sister who is heartbreakingly sweet but also often infuriating.
Where did the idea for this book come from with its themes from Family to magic?
I love writing stories that have a magical twist. But also I love writing about real life situations too, so my stories are usually a mix of gritty realism with a twinkle of magic. This one explores how imagination matters and how storytelling is really important, and it also looks at how siblings stick together through thick and thin, and the lengths that the hero (Gracie) will go to to protect the people she loves.
Are you working on anything at the moment?
Yes! I'm working on a new book which is about what happens in a small town when a new family moves in. That's all I'll say about it for now!
Who are some of your favourite authors?
Oh, I always find that a really hard question, but here are a few: Jane Austen, J D Salinger, John McGahern, Michael Morpurgo, Donal Ryan, Anne Enright, Noel Streatfield, Louisa M Alcott, John Irving, Maeve Brennan.