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Working with a new editor - and on a sequel

9 February 2009

'It's a bit like getting divorced, and then having sex with someone for the first time. It's awkward and you sort of feel weird. And it did, until I read her editing notes and they were brilliant...

I am very nervous, I'm never going to do a sequel again. I'm out to prove something to myself and I'm not sure if that's a good idea. People will compare the fresh, untainted voiceof my 29-year old self that was completely unselfconscious about writing (it) because I didn't think anyone was going to read it. It was innocent, it wasn't trying to be anything, it just was. I've put myself in a vulnerable place, but I suppose you do every time you write a book.'

Lisa Jewell, author of Ralph's Party, in the Bookseller