As well as writing fiction, I love working on projects where fiction meets something else – whatever that may be.
Most recently I was on the writing team for My Golden Ticket, a personalised book giving each child their own adventure in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory (for kids aged 5-12). It's published by tech start-up Wonderbly in partnership with the Roald Dahl Estate, and each book is personalised in nuanced ways according to the name of the child who the book is for. I wrote the first draft and was involved in developing the story; it was an absolute blast to play in Roald Dahl's world (including making up new types of sweets!), and it was rewarding to work within the technical limitations of a personalised book. The book went on to win FutureBook Children’s Book of the Year 2017.
I've written children’s books for fiction packager Working Partners and for Think Equal, a charity that uses children’s books to teach empathy. Fiction met copywriting in the text I wrote for this dog-walking company in Kensington who wanted their website written entirely from the point of view of a dog.
I’ve been a reader of submissions for a major literary agency and have advised BookTrust on their Great Books Guide for schools. I also run #ukmgchat, a popular discussion on Twitter about children's books for 8-12 year olds. It takes place from 8-9pm on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month – everyone’s welcome to get involved.
You can find me on Twitter and Instagram as @miriamhcraig.