“Ask my psychoanalyst!” | Sarah Crossan

“Ask my psychoanalyst!” | Sarah Crossan

Sarah Crossan is an award-winning writer, part of our Aarhus 39 selection of the best emerging writers from across Europe. Sarah will be appearing at the inaugural International Children’s Literature Hay Festival Aarhus 2017 this week. Here she talks about her new story for Odyssey, our new anthology of  stories for young adults, inspired by journeys. 

Tell about the theme in your short story…
I’m not sure it’s ever for the writer to make statements about themes in the work. That’s for the reader to decide. My main goal was to tell a story about a girl experience some level of loss despite the fact she was gaining a sibling.

Why did you pick that subject?
Ask my psychoanalyst!

When did you decide to become an author?
I suppose I’ve always wanted to be an author but I never really believed it could happen for me as my parents weren’t part of the literati. Nevertheless, at twenty-four years old I decided to complete a master degree in writing and this kick-started the career.

What is special about writing for children?
I just love that you meet my characters at the time in their lives when they are required to make their own moral decisions. This first moment of real agency is something that really excites me.

What does it mean to you to be a part of the anthology and the Hay Festival?
I’m utterly delighted to be in a book with so many internationally celebrated authors as well as getting an opportunity to reach a whole new readership. And I can’t wait to see more of Denmark!

Do you have a favorite spot where you write?
I have an office at the end of my garden which was specially built. I love it because it’s not in my home so I’m never tempted to do laundry or interfere with the childcare, but it’s around 40 meters from my house so I can go and work there at any time, day or night.