Ask a Publisher, Amber Caraveo, Editorial Director, Orion Children's Books and Indigo

Recorded June 20th 2014
in London at Orion Children's Books

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. This is fascinating, thank you both.
    I loved hearing about Amber's editorial process. I did wonder how a book with brilliant writing but a poorly executed plot (which Amber says she would be happy to work on, as plot can be fixed) would have been taken on by an agent?

    1. Good point, Lesley, but as Amber is soon to become an agent, perhaps there's a glimmer of hope on the horizon for all of us who wrestle with plot!

  2. Oh lovely, I've just been in correspondence with Amber, I didn't know she'd been interviewed for W&P!

  3. What a great interview. I think I have a bit if an editor crush now.

  4. What a great interview. DF is so animated and passionate Gives one hope.


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