My first book was published in 1975 and there are now over 90. Visit my website www.maryhoffman.co.uk if you want to know more.
I'm married with three grown-up daughters. One, Rhiannon Lassiter, is also a YA novelist; the other two also work in the arts - theatre and architecture.
I've just started an industry blog - The Book Maven, which can be found at http://wwwbookmaven.blogspot.com
What a strange thing to begin with! I don't think I have "influences" as such, just writers I admire. These include Shakespeare - yes really. We live an hour away from Startford and go as often as we can. Also see performances in London and Bristol. The older I get, the more I get out of Shakespeare.
YA authors I admire are Diana Wynne Jones, Margaret Mahy, Terry Pratchett, Jan Mark - too many others to list.
I also like Margaret Attwood, Kate Atkinson, Ann Tyler - there must be some men, surely?
Troubadour (Bloomsbury 2009)
The Great Big Book of Families (Frances Lincoln 2010)
Stravaganza:City of Ships (Bloomsbury 2010)
David (Bloomsbury 2011)
Stravaganza: City of Swords (Bloomsbury 2012)
Frances Lincoln (UK)
Henry Holt (US)
Bloomsbury (UK and US)
Reading, Italy, early Italian art, swimming, cooking, blogging
Unicef, Greenpeace, IFAW, Smile Train,
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