I’m doing a children’s writing course at the moment, so that’s a bit of a clue. I would love to write a children’s book, although I’m still undecided whether I’d like to write for 8-12 year olds, or teenagers. There’s still quite a lot of scope under the umbrella of children’s literature though, so I still need to name a genre. I think I’m leaning towards sci-fi/fantasy.
As for a book that I wish I’d written – that one’s easy. It got a mention in the first of my Friday Reads, and it’s Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights. The story is by turns funny, poignant, clever and absurd. It hooks you at the start, carries you along at a breakneck pace and leaves you breathless and wishing there were 100 books in the series instead of only 3. I think Pullman is one of the most talented writers around at the moment, and his alternate universe is so convincing it’s really hard to believe that it isn’t ours. It’s a book that has haunted me since I’ve finished it, and one that I would consider re-reading at some time in the future. And that for me is the ultimate compliment I can pay a book.