It was such an honour and an encouragement to be granted that award and it really did keep me writing over some quiet years! In the process of writing I found I had written scenes where two fifteen-year-olds find the body of a friend. Then later they speak with the parents of two dead girls. So, I found I was including some short passages about young people struggling with the largest of truths and mysteries — human mortality — and starting to recognise deep, deep grief. The book is still primarily an entertaining clue-puzzle, but it has heart and depth and adults are enjoying it. I am massively fond of these two kids now.
Joanna Szproch is a daughter, a sister, and a mother. She is a woman who takes surrealistic photographs about women, bodies, nudity, and intimate relationships. She is a believer in fairytales and is obsessed with capturing the magic moment of a situation.
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