Video interview: Three minutes with Ali Sparkes

The View From Here Interview: Three Minutes with Ali Sparkes

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Ali Sparkes’ first stand alone novel, Frozen In Time, won the Blue Peter Book of the Year award in 2010. Her first series – the Shapeshifter – has thousands of fans all over the world and her S.W.I.T.C.H. series was being translated around the planet within weeks of its publication in 2011.

Since her first book was published by Oxford University Press in 2006, Ali has written 33 novels and shorter stories – including a World Book Day SWITCH spin off book for March 2011 - and is invited all over Europe to festivals and schools for her trademark high comedy interactive presentations and workshops.

Frozen In Time is currently in development for children’s television.

Her latest novel is the first book in the UNLEASHED series - a spin off adventure featuring the fabulous stroppy little madam medium Lisa, from the Shapeshifter series. Each book in this five part series will follow the adventure of a different character who is already well known by Shapeshifter fans. Since the launch at Waterstone's in Southampton and Chichester in the first weekend in August, it is already in its first reprint.

Ali lives in Southampton with her husband and two teenage sons, some fish, two mice and an imaginary dog…

For more information on Ali and her books go to She kindly shared some of her experiences starting out and her advice for newly published authors with The View From Here in May 2011.


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