Ask a Publisher: Karen Ball, Publisher at Little, Brown Young Readers and Atom

Recorded May 10th 2014at Oxon Hoath Manor House in Kent.

Rowena House is a journalist by trade - an ex-Reuters foreign correspondent in Europe and Africa, now a sub-editor specialising in international affairs. She turned to writing fiction for young people to meet a deep desire to tell gritty stories that are true in an emotional sense, without being constrained by ‘the facts’. She's recently been published by Andersen Press in the War Girls anthology with her short story The Marshalling of Angelique's Geese. Rowena lives in rural Devon with her remarkably tolerant family and their less tolerant dog, a grey-and-white sheep dog called Fletcher.


  1. Deborah Michel14 July 2014 at 09:04

    Great interview. Clear interview and helpful. Thanks

  2. Fascinating interview - thanks, both of you. Takes me back to that wonderful Book Bound weekend, which helped me so much.

  3. Well chosen questions, and I didn't even know you were doing this at the time...great reminder of a super weekend, thank you.

  4. It was such a pleasure interviewing Karen. A lovely, insightful person. (We did debate recording this under a blanket to stop the echo but decided best not!)

  5. Thank you both, really enjoyed the interview ☺

  6. Thanks Karen and Rowena - and Jan for organising - very interesting and yes - I miss you guys!


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