One of the best parts about being an author is that sometimes, unexpected lovely things happen. Sometimes a letter where a reader says something really interesting about one of your characters, or an email from a parent saying that your books encouraged their child to read. Two days ago I had an email from a reader in Russia, Arina, sending a photo of her new puppy, a beautiful Chihuahua-Papillon mix. She’s called Maisie – and she’s named after my character Maisie Hitchins. So, a big thank you to Arina and her family, and isn’t Maisie gorgeous?