It’s already time to announce the next meeting of the Newton Abbot Waterstones Book Club, which will be on Wednesday 27th May at 3.30pm. This month we’ll be discussing Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens, and lots more. Join us – it’s fun and free!
I’ve been tagged by award-winning writer Caroline Green to take part in a writerly questionnaire. Here’s more about Caroline Green…
“Caroline Green is an experienced freelance journalist who has written stories since she was a little girl. Caroline’s stories tend to grow from a particular atmosphere, in the case of Dark Ride, it was the image of a grotty and unloved seaside town in the middle of winter, where a lonely boy sat hunched on a bench, staring out to sea… Caroline lives in North London with her husband, two sporty sons and one very bouncy labrador retriever.”
Find out more about Caroline Green and her brilliant books.
And now for my turn at the Q&A!
WHAT AM I WORKING ON?
Something new! Something slightly different, I think, but still a novel about teenagers and relationships and maybe a little bit of romance…
HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS IN THE GENRE?
This is the easiest question in the world to answer. The way it differs is… it’s by me! So here’s more about me… I am fascinated by words and the way they fit together, partly because I grew up speaking two different languages, often at the same time, and sometimes in a muddle. I went on to study languages in depth, maybe in an attempt to unravel them in my own mind. I enjoy humour and wordplay in books, and I also like to write about characters who are struggling to find their identity and work out their place in the world.
WHY DO I WRITE WHAT I DO?
See above! I’m always seeking out light-hearted stories that explore “coming-of-age” issues, and I love writing them as much as I love reading them.
TAG ANOTHER WRITER…
If you’re reading this and you’d like to take part, consider yourself tagged!
Authors for the Philippines is an online auction set up to raise money for the Red Cross’s Typhoon Haiyan Appeal.
It features donations from loads of authors, illustrators, editors and agents. Bid on signed and dedicated books, manscript critiques, character names, author meetups, school visits and lots more.
I’ve donated a chance to be my next book – as a band name!
Browse and bid at Authors for the Philippines.
I’m back from my tour, and I loved every minute of it!
There’s an interview with me about the Hay Festival at Girls Heart Books right now.
You can also read a little about each of my library events in the post below.
Thank you very much to all the wonderful people I met while I was out and about!
Aaah, new year, fresh start, new books…
Diary of a Mall Girl will be out in a couple of months, and there should be some exciting events coming up to celebrate this. Watch out for news!
In the meantime, huge thanks to What Should I Read Next? for being the first person in the universe to review the Curious Fox version of my book! Diary of a Mall Girl review.
Happy New Year, everyone!
I’ve been busy on the blogs, and not just Chicklish…
Here I am at UKYA, a website dedicated to showcasing authors based in Britain, writing about some of my favourite teen reads from the last century. (A while ago, UKYA asked readers to vote for their favourite UK teen books, and I’m thrilled that Kiss Date Love Hate made it to the Top 100 list. Thank you very much to the readers who voted for it!)
I’ve been recommending teen fiction series at YA Contemporary, a post you can also find at Bookbag.
Over at Girls Heart Books, I’ve been posting away. Here’s a roundup of my Girls Heart Books posts.
And – newsflash – I have a non-fiction book out this week! It’s about blogging, and here’s a cover image:
Find out more at Hachette, the publisher.
Lastly, I’d like to thank Dawlish Community College for inviting me in to run a fun writing workshop with Year 8 English students a couple of weeks ago.
Mostly Reading YA invited me to post about my memories of the release of Split by a Kiss, as part of a Debut Summer special feature.
Read the post here, and note the giveaway at the end! There’s a signed copy of Split by a Kiss to be won after the closing date of 31st August 2011, as well as lots of other books on offer.
Also, Serendipity Reviews interviewed me about all the fun of Fiction Express. Read the interview, and the review of Diary of a Mall Girl.
Diary of a Mall Girl is now complete. Catch up on chapters at Fiction Express.
Hope you’re enjoying summer!
Back in the days when Split by a Kiss had just been released and I was a (*cough*) fresh-ish-faced debut author, a book site called WriteAway asked me and fellow author Leila Rasheed (Chips, Beans and Limousines: The Fantastic Diary of Bathsheba Clarice De Trop!) to interview each other via a long, involved and fun Skype chat.
Time has since ticked on, Leila and I have both had other books published, and WriteAway has recently moved – to the Just Imagine Story Centre. Its move meant that the interview popped up in my Google alerts and I was reminded of that heady time. I thought I’d share it…
As we said at the time: “‘We have tidied it up slightly, but we wanted to keep the feel of an on-line conversation, so we haven’t corrected all the mistakes. Sometimes it looks as if we’ve completely ignored each other’s questions in order to blather on about ourselves, but it’s just that our messages have crossed with each other!”
Read the full interview at Just Imagine.
You can also read the interview from Leila Rasheed’s side.
Check out Leila Rasheed’s site.
Authors for Japan is a site launched by author Keris Stainton in order to raise money for the Japan Tsunami Appeal.
Authors around the world have donated items including signed books, detailed advice for aspiring writers, the chance to name characters in future books, and lots more. The auction closes at 8pm on Sunday 20th March. To bid, simply leave a comment with the amount of your bid in the relevant comment box.
See Authors for Japan for full details.
YA authors who have donated include Keren David, Stephanie Burgis, Cat Clarke, Emily Gale, Nicola Morgan, Tamsyn Murray, Luisa Plaja, Susie Day, Lucy Coats, Savita Kalhan, Miriam Halahmy, Caroline Green, Kay Woodward and more…