How do you feel about winning? Did you expect to win?
I'm absolutely delighted. I was just thrilled to hear that I'd been shortlisted and I certainly didn't expect to win. I had read one of the other shortlisted books (Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve) which I thought was a great book so I knew the standard was very high.
What's Saffy's Angel about?
The story is about a family of children. Saffy the main character is adopted and it's basically about her finding her way in the family. There's the serious issue about adoption but there are also lots of entertaining light-hearted moments.
Is there a message in the story?
Not really, I've just tried to write an upbeat, positive story. I've had lots of letters from children saying how much they've enjoyed reading it. That's the best thing about writing actually - getting letters from children. Any child that takes the time to write, even just telling me about their own family, is very kind. And it's a real boost for me.