In July 2016, I interviewed award-winning novelist, Patrice Lawrence for the Papers pens Poets blog. She told me her most highly-prized stationery item, way above anything else, is her green tartan pencil case.
“It was a present from my daughter and came from Muji, a popular haunt for our stationery needs. I can’t even remember having a pencil case at school, but I must have. And I’ve certainly got one now. It’s crammed full of Sharpies, promotional pens from charities and companies, a couple of cheap, sparkly ink pens that leak over my fingers and a lovely sky blue Pentel sign pen. It says it on the side. Sign. So I did.” Patrice Lawrence
Patrice admits to being a bit of a notebook hoarder. She has leather-bound and fabric-covered that were much-needed presents. She has an assortment of black Cass Arts sketch books of all sizes, including a couple of A3 hardbacks she has used for planning books she hasn’t had time to write yet. She even has three from post-Christmas Paperchase sales to secretly record interesting bus stations.
She told me:
“Orangeboy was written on and off over a few years, by keyboard and pencil, in random notebooks and occasionally the back of a conference agenda if the speakers weren’t quite doing it for me.” Patrice Lawrence
Her latest book Rose Interrupted, published by Hodder Children’s Books, is due to be launched in July, 2019. It is about 17-year-old Rose and 13-year-old Rudder who have escaped a strict religious sect with their mum. They are still trying to make sense of the world outside – no more rules about clothes and books, films and music, no more technology bans. But also no more friendship with the people they’ve known all their lives, no community and no certainty. This is the story about coming of age, slap-bang in the middle of a strange new world.
You can read the complete interview with Patrice here.