Our chat with Alice…
Along with The Black and White Club, I had written another Picture Book text called Leopold’s Crown, about a little boy starting school. It won me the SCBWI Margaret Carey Scholarship in 2010 and got as far as a contract, an illustrator and a front cover, but never quite made it to publication. I carried on because I had other stories that I wanted to finish. Since then (after becoming published) I have had four or five other books that have been pulled before publication. And tons of rejections. I find that my wonderful writer friends (particularly my fantastic three-woman critique/support group) help me through any ups and downs.
1. (from a child in Reception) Are you an elf?
2. (from an eight-year-old) On a scale of one to ten, how would you rate yourself as a success?
3. (from a child in Reception) Do you have any tattoos?