Consultant in the Hot Seat – Claire Louise Kemp

The team here at Atwood Tate is made up of a mix of people and backgrounds, and we thought you might like to know a bit more about the people behind the jobs, so we are running an informal series here on the blog: “Consultant in the Hot Seat”. Because it was her bright idea in the first place, Claire Louise is first in the hot seat. (Questions asked by the Team at Atwood Tate).

CLK & Wind in the Willows
1) What is your favourite literary blog?

I tend to get most of my literary gossip from Twitter these days (are you following @AtwoodTate?) But that doesn’t answer the question.

I am a HUGE sci-fi/fantasy geek so the blogs from are all in my RSS feed, in particular Stubby the Rocket (

Penguin English Library ( fulfils my penguin and Classics obsessions.

And I know it’s not strictly literary, but the Doctor Puppet is sheer genius!

I mentioned the whole geek thing, right?

2) What was the best book you worked on at OUP and why?

I worked on so many glorious books, from classics by Rosemary Sutcliff and Brian Wildsmith, to the deeply creepy Tim Bowler, and Joss Stirling’s wonderfully different take on paranormal romance, that it is hard to say. Three of the books that are closest to my heart are Small Bunny’s Blue Blanket by Tatyana Feeney; I Don’t Want to be a Pea, by Simon Rickerty and Ann Bonwill; and the new Wind in the Willows, illustrated by David Roberts. The styles of these are each so different, but so quirky, and fantastic (a little like myself!)

3) If you could have written any book that exists now, which would it be?

I so want to bring out an obscure title here and wow you all with my literary knowledge, but I can’t. It would have to be Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen. Witty, insightful social commentary, feisty characters, true love… It has it all. Plus it was instrumental in bringing legitimacy to the work of female authors at a time when a woman had to write as a man to get readership.

4) Which literary figure would you be?

I would like to be Daine, from Tamora Pierce’s “Wild Magic/Immortals” series. I’d have kick ass adventures, be able to change shape, get mixed up in royal intrigue, battle with gods, be awesome with a bow*, have a pet dragon… And let’s not forget I’d get to spend time with the VERY yummy Numair Salmalin.

* True fact: CLK was captain of her university archery team. A real life Katniss Everdean.

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