New Book Club

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Find out more at Waterstones – see ‘extras’.

Plus my post at Girls Heart Books!

Hello, 2013!

Diary of a Mall GirlAaah, 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!

Book signing at Waterstones Newton Abbot, 12th December

On Wednesday 12th December 2012, I’ll be signing books at Waterstones in Newton Abbot in the evening, during the late-night opening and Christmas Fayre. If you’re in the area, please pop in and say hello!

P.S. Here’s my recent interview at the great book blog “What Should I Read Next?”

“The Next Big Thing” Q&A

Thank you very much to Keris Stainton for tagging me in this Q&A about next novels and works in progress. This is a Wednesday thing, I’ve discovered, so watch out for posts from other authors today and every coming Wednesday!

Read Keris’s post here, and mine below…

What is the working title of your next book?
Diary of a Mall Girl will be out next spring, and that’s its official title. There’s another book I’m working on, but that’s another story…

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I once visited an amazing mall in Chicago (Water Tower Place) and it had an adjacent apartment block. You could go from the living space to the shopping space without going outside. Of course, I immediately imagined myself living there… as a teenager. With all my schoolfriends hanging out there and/or working there.

What genre does your book fall under?
Teen romantic comedy.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I can never answer this question, but I’m always open to suggestions from readers! (Casting directors are also welcome. ;) )

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The mall is the heart of Molly’s town and all her friends hang out there, but Molly actually lives there, at the centre of the gossip – with all the trouble, heartache and joy that brings.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It was originally published in instalments by Fiction Express, and readers voted on what would happen next. It’s coming out as an ebook and paperback in March 2013, published by a brand new imprint called Curious Fox. Here’s a cover image:

Diary of a Mall Girl by Luisa Plaja


How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Exactly eleven weeks – the duration of the Fiction Express YA project. High-pressure, fun writing.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Other diary books featuring teenage girls, maybe? And other books by me!

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Everyone who read it and voted on what would happen next – and effectively decided who Molly would fall for and how, before throwing a huge spanner in the works. (Thanks a lot, readers! No, seriously, thanks a lot, readers!)

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
There’s kissing. And a glass lift. And perhaps a combination of the two.

Tag other authors…
I’d like to tag the fabulous Amanda Ashby as I’m dying to know what I can read by her next.

Links and Autumn news

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.


Snippets of post-summer news

Diary of a Mall GirlHello! I’m back from a lovely summer. You can read a little bit about it in my latest post at Girls Heart Books, and check out my Chicklish roundup of some of the book I read while I was away.

Other snippets of news…

Diary of a Mall Girl, the book originally written interactively in instalments for Fiction Express, is set to be published as a print book and an ebook by Curious Fox in spring 2013. Find out more about it at my Diary of a Mall Girl page and, of course, at Curious Fox.

Random House have launched a new website called Totally Random Books. It has competitions and author features, and you can look up all sorts of books there, read extracts and leave reviews. Here’s a page of my Totally Random Books.

Kiss Date Love Hate was reviewed recently by Stuck in a Book, and also as part of Contemporary Summer at Planet Print. Thank you, brilliant bloggers!

Dawlish Community College

Dawlish Community College LRC

Just before the summer holidays, I was delighted to be invited to Dawlish Community College to give out certificates to wonderful keen readers. (Read about their Accelerated Reading programme – and party! And spot me wearing green in the picture.)

I think that’s all for now…

Happy autumn!

New-look Library

Newton Abbot Library, where I used to help run the Teenage Flicks book club, has just re-opened. Read all about it at the PRSD.

Spotted on the shiny new shelves of the Teenage section and pictured below: one of the books chosen by the students of Newton Abbot College and Coombeshead Academy. (Thank you!)

Extreme Kissing on library shelfNewton Abbot Library shelves

In other news, I’ve recently posted at Girls Heart Books about writers’ reasons to make lists, and at A Book Addicted Girl about recommended reading for summertime.

Also I highly recommend checking out The Pink Thing at Luna’s Little Library. This site is looking at various books that have pink covers (including Kiss Date Love Hate) and finding out what lies beyond the pink…

(Photos by People’s Republic of South Devon, reproduced with kind permission under Creative Commons Licence.)

Video interview with Luisa Plaja

I was thrilled to be interviewed at Newton Abbot College by a student called Natalia, who asked me some great questions about my books and about writing life. Huge thanks to Natalia and also to Ms Slade and Mr Abiks.

Watch the interview below.

Luisa Plaja at Newton Abbot College from I Abiks on Vimeo.

Filmed & edited by Ivor Abiks


Torquay Community College visit

I’ve just found a lovely writeup of my World Book Day 2012 visit to Torquay Community College.

Huge thanks to all the wonderful students and staff!

Luisa Plaja at Torquay Community College

Extreme Kissing audiobook now available

Extreme Kissing is now an audiobook!

It’s published by W H Howes and is available there and at Whole Story Audio, among other places.

Buy it with instant download at Audible in the UK or Audible in the US.

Find out more in the W H Howes catalogue, and listen to an extract below.

Extreme Kissing audiobook extract:

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Bethany’s story is narrated by Harriet Carmichael, who also read Kiss Date Love Hate, and Carlota’s part is narrated by Jo Hall. Read more about these fabulous actors here.