As authors, we often get asked to do interviews for blogs. On this occasion, I decided to turn the tables and interview my publisher instead. So here is Fiona Kennedy, publisher of I Am Malala, talking about why this book – and Malala herself – is so important and so special.
LK: Have you met Malala? What’s she like?
FK: I was lucky enough to meet her and her family at their home in Birmingham. She’s just extraordinary. Tiny and gentle, but with such presence and such a sense of purpose and determination. I am sure she will fulfil all her ambitions. She is truly inspiring just to be with. She’s chatty, charming and witty – we talked about everything from why English schoolgirls roll their skirts up at the waist (very puzzling to Malala given our rainy, cold weather), to her practising for the school debating team, to how she is still recovering, to teasing her brothers, to missing her old home – all sorts of things. The family are incredibly close – it was a pleasure to meet them.
Full interview via All.