November 01, 2021

Five questions for Katrina Gutierrez

Why is Lantana expanding into fiction in 2022? It was always in the back of our minds. We love picture books but we also love midde-grade. We thought it was the right time for two reasons: we received a submission that we thought could be the first book in our fiction list, Starlet Rivals by Puneet Bhandal; we also got to a place where we felt we could sustain it as a business. We celebrated our seventh anniversary this year. Our readers have grown and some of our followers who really love books ask us when we are going to...

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Writing while caring

Many people who read this month’s column will be carers. If you are not one now, you may be later and some of us will always be in this role. What does this mean? A carer (I use the NHS definition) is anyone who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support.

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