Name: Alison Shucksmith
Role: Product and Publishing Manager
Company: Hachette New Zealand
My first job in publishing was: Here, at Hachette as a Product Manager looking after the Orion list. Loads of years later, I still look after the Orion list, but now I also look after more of the international publishers and also our brilliant local publishing
I’m currently reading: The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary a brilliant, feel good novel with characters you wish were your friends for real. I am also reading How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell with my son and pouring over The Princess in Black series by Shannon and Dean Hale in preparation for my four-year-old’s birthday party.
My biggest career highlight in publishing has been: There have been a few, but at the moment, meeting Justin Cronin. He wrote The Passage trilogy which as a debut was an instant bestseller both NZ and around the world. As a team we spent loads of time sharing our passion about The Passage and when he finally visited New Zealand, I tried hard to contain my inner fan girl (as pictured) and it was great!