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Mary Hoffman Interviewed by Vicky Thompson (age 14)

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hether you enjoy indulging in fictional fantasy or reading creative picture books to your young children, an author I would highly recommend taking a look at is bestselling writer and critic Mary Hoffman. Her first book White Magic was published in 1975, and now she has written over 90 books, including the teenage fiction series Stravaganza and the young children’s series of picture books

known as Amazing Grace. Mary was born with a passion to write, and after gaining a scholarship to James Allen’s girls’ school, went to study English at the University of Cambridge. She soon moved on to work at the Open University, contributing to courses for teachers on language, reading and children’s literature. A self-employed professional writer and journalist since the mid 1990s, Mary now lives in Oxford with her husband, and writes bestselling 20

books in her beautiful study surrounded by her three Burmese cats. The couple have three grown-up daughters, one of whom is also a writer. Mary says that her inspiration to write came from a local library, which introduced her to some of the best books in the world, inspiring her to write some of her own. Other inspiration came from a trip to Venice. Mary published her first book, City of Masks, in the Stravaganza series. The series is set in a country named ‘Talia’, based on Italy. Mary hopes to finish this series with at least six books, with City of Ships being released this year and City of Swords some time in 2012. Other books Mary has written are Special Powers written in 1997 and republished in 2008, The Falconers Knot published in 2007, and Troubadour published in 2009. As well as writing for children, Mary also writes for adults, although mostly under the names of Amy Lovell and Suzy Cavendish. She has written adult non-fiction under her own name and the name Mary Lassiter. In the Stravaganza series, do you have a favourite out of your Talian states? If so, why? I think it has to be Remora, which is a parallel world version of Siena, one of my favourite places in the world. I love the alliances and enmities between the cntrade in the real Siena and it is very beautiful. I watched the Palio on the In-

Gold Dust magazine - issue 18  

Issue 18 of Gold Dust, twice-yearly magazine of literature and the arts: A special children's & young adults' issue, with poetry & prose by...

Gold Dust magazine - issue 18  

Issue 18 of Gold Dust, twice-yearly magazine of literature and the arts: A special children's & young adults' issue, with poetry & prose by...

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