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Collated Answers from WW interviews

What was your breathrough moment?
Emilia di Girolamo Because I wrote Freaky when my first novel got rejected one time too many, I never felt as if it was 'my book'. I wanted the other novel to be the one being published as I thought it was literary and intellectual while Freaky was commercial and fast paced, a spin on chick-lit. So even when Freaky came out I felt like a bit of a fraud - as if it wasn't really me. Pulp Books are only a small press, though they have a fantastic reputation for publishing exciting work, but I didn't think Freaky would do that well. I was working in a casting agency at the time and they were casting a drama Clerkenwell Films were producing. The producer Murray Fergusson literally picked my book off the casting director's desk and said 'What's this?' She said it was my book and I looked horribly embarrassed from behind my filing! A week later it was optioned. Clerkenwell picked it up and it started to feel like something really big was happening. The book got fantastic reviews and I started to believe that maybe I could write after all!
Kit PeelAged 18, walking along a street, looking at two poems I had finished the night before and wondering who had written them.
Long Barn BooksWell getting published at 18 with my first novel I suppose, as that meant I had a literary career straight away. Then winning a little clutch of prizes all at once Whitbread, John Llewelyn Rhys, Somerset Maugham, shortlisted for Booker, which meant I began to be taken seriously by critics. Financially of course, the Woman in Black not the book, the stage adaptation by Stephen Mallatratt this has made me financially secure and given me a cracking good pension. I am very very lucky. And it is luck you know.
Paul ReedGetting a novel published less than two years after I was sectioned in a psychiatric hospital. I'd been given the diagnosis of schizophrenia and decided I would use it as a springboard rather than let it beat me.
Stella DuffyWhen I was fifteen, my old school friend's big brother came to our school with a touring theatre company - he was from my background, his father worked in the timber mill where my Dad worked and yet he was being an 'artist' for his living. He made me think it might be possible for me to do the same.