Emily Diamand, author of Flood Child and its sequel Flood and Fire, grew up in a small town in rural Oxfordshire. She studied Environmental Science at university and says the book she would most like to have written is Holes by Louis Sachar.
Emily won the very first Times/Chicken House Writing Competition 2008 for Flood Child, formerly published as Reavers’ Ransom. In 2009 Flood Child was also shortlisted for the Branford Boase award and the Booktrust Children’s Book of the Year.
Her advice for budding authors? ‘Listen to those stories niggling away at you, and try to write them down the best you can. Let other people read your work, and try to listen to what they like and don’t like without getting upset (a very hard thing to do!)’