Fleur Smithwick
Fleur Smithwick asked Fanny Blake:

Hi Fanny, I loved With a Friend Like You and am amazed at how well you write teenagers' voices. Do you eavesdrop on public transport?

Fanny Blake Hi Fleur, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it. Thank you. But of course I eavesdrop on public transport! Doesn't everybody?! But seriously, yes I do listen to kids talking in the street but I suppose more importantly I rely on memories of my own three children and their friends, or of other teenagers in my friends' families. And if I'm worried about getting the voice wrong then I ask one of them what they would say or which word they'd use. I also finds it helps watching TV soaps - listening to them gets my ear in too.

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