A Texan journalist, Kevin Garcia, had the neat idea to write a piece about authors who've been labelled "the next JK Rowling".
They include Michelle Paver, author of the amazing "Wolf Brother" series (I saw her speak at this year's Hay Festival and she was fascinating), Emma Maree Urquhart, of "Dragon Tamers" fame, and Louise Arnold, whose story "The Invisible Friend," won a contest by BBC Online - as well as myself.
We all agreed that there can be no next JK Rowling.
As Paver says "we don't actually need the next JK Rowling" and Arnold: "I don't see it as a void waiting to be filled."
Urquhart "loathes" the title.
And I'm quoted as saying "There's never going to be a next JK Rowling. That's not the kind of thing that you can manufacture.
"It's a very, very competitive field. In the end, it's the kids who decide who's big and who isn't," Thorpe said. "The only thing you can do as a writer is write what you want to write about and tell a damn good story."
> Read the whole piece - The Next Big Thing: Who will be the next JK Rowling?