We were recently joined by Chocolat author Joanne Harris for a live web chat on the art of writing and getting published. Join in with your questions on this page.
Joanne Harris (MBE) was born in Barnsley in 1964, of a French mother and an English father. She studied modern and medieval languages at Cambridge and was a teacher for fifteen years, during which time she published three novels, including Chocolat (1999), which was made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp.
Since then, she has written eleven more novels, two collections of short stories and two cookbooks. Her books are now published in over 50 countries and have won a number of British and international awards. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, has honorary doctorates in literature from the universities of Sheffield and Huddersfield, and has been a judge for the Whitbread Prize, the Orange Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science.
Her hobbies are listed in Who’s Who as: “mooching, lounging, strutting, strumming, priest-baiting and quiet subversion of the system”, although she also enjoys obfuscation, sleaze, rebellion, witchcraft, armed robbery, tea and biscuits. She is not above bribery and would not necessarily refuse an offer involving exotic travel or pink champagne.
She works from a shed in her garden, plays bass in the band she first joined when she was 16, is writing a novella for Dr Who and lives with her husband and daughter in a little wood in Yorkshire.
Joanne's latest book, The Gospel of Loki, is a retelling of Norse mythology from the perspective of the trickster god Loki and is published on the 13 February.
This web chat has now finished, but you can read all the questions posed to Joanne and her replies, in the comments section below.