a funny thing happened before Christmas

Sometimes wanting to describe something so perfectly can have the effect of rendering me silent. I've wanted to share some amazing news since before Christmas and this post had turned into a lengthy draft I thought I'd never complete. So I did the right thing and deleted it and am going to tell my news very quickly, instead.

This rather grey picture is actually the rather wonderful view I could see as I approached the home of Faber and Faber in late December. Just a few days before Christmas I got the incredible news that Faber were interested in some children's stories I'd written and wanted to meet me. Getting the opportunity to chat about my stories with Leah Thaxton and my lovely agent Angharad Kowal was an experience I don't think I'll ever forget. As important as this meeting was Leah and Angharad both managed to make me feel at ease and I left full of excited hope. Thankfully I didn't need to wait long and just as I got off the train I found out that Faber wanted to publish my stories and had made an offer for a four book deal. 

This is a very condensed version of what has been a huge journey but it's enough to say I'm so, so excited and can't wait to start. As soon as I can tell more I will but there's lots of exciting things planned!