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Interview With Joanne Owen

"I was really lucky with the publisher (Orion Children's Books) because they were keen on the idea that we'd have illustrations and give the book a certain look.

"I had written things like recipes, pages from notebooks and stage-plans into the story.

"It was great that the publisher was keen to keep those and to have things designed as part of the book as well, because it's quite unusual to have books for that age group to have illustrations.

"My publisher found Jeremy - they had seen some of his work, and showed me some samples that were perfect.

"A lot of it was exactly how I had seen it.

"It was almost like he could see the same thing that I could, the world that the books created."

The English edition was soon followed by versions in German, Polish, Dutch and Greek, and Italian and Romanian runs are in the pipeline.

On the positive reaction to her work she says: "It was really strange, because I had been working on for a few years so it didn't feel real.

"It's strange to think that something you've spent time scribbling or typing away and it's been taken from you and turned into this thing that goes out there into the world."

For her second book, Joanne was inspired to revisit her muse of Prague again and create another book mingling Bohemian legends with her own ideas.

"For The Alchemist And The Angel, the historical figure of Emperor Rudolf grabbed me. I had read lots about him, and he was such an interesting, crazy character.

"There was so much about him, his world, the city that he had created, that was just a brilliant springboard...


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