Sue Gray saw Sonya Hartnett, a prolific fiction author who writes across all age ranges.
She hit the headlines earlier this year when the Swedish Arts Council announced that Hartnett was the 2008 recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world's biggest prize for children's and youth literature.
The Swedish Government-funded award, named after the creator of the Pippi Longstocking children's stories, is worth five million Swedish kronor, equivalent to $A880,687.
Hartnett, who was also nominated last year, joins a distinguished list of previous recipients, including Maurice Sendak and Philip Pullman.
She was very amusing , relating how she came home one afternoon to hear the news of her win and immediatley said to her dog ‘Shiloh, I think our lives are about to change dramatically’
It was intriguing to hear how she constructs a novel – it can take many months of planning but once she feels she has all the elements and structures she needs to create a novel, the writitng takes her a relativly short amount of time.
I have read the majority of Hartnett’s novels and can highly recommend all of them. Search the library catalogue to find them today.