Researching , for my previous post about The Bath Festival Of Children’s Literature, I was reading through Anne Fine’s website and realised that some of her thoughts were pretty similar to my own and also, how worthy and appropriate she probably was to serve her 2 years as Children’s Laureate.
“A lot of my work, even for fairly young readers, raises quite serious social issues. I believe that many personal decisions have a social or political resonance, and the way people try to pick their way through tricky family situations interests me. But people won’t (and shouldn’t) read books that don’t hold their interest, and I still adore funny books. So since I write for the reader inside myself, I always end up with the kind of book I would have loved to read (if only someone else had bothered to write for me).”
“The best advice I was ever given at school was, ‘Find out what you like doing most in all the world, and then find someone who’ll pay you to do it’. So, since books have always been my greatest pleasure, it’s not surprising that I’ve ended up in a career that entails mostly reading and writing.”
” I like the silence. Working alone. Not having the constant compromises in my work life that most people have. I write the books for me, then hope there are readers out there who like the same sorts of books I do.”