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A good book, a pot of tea and some dark chocolate. Heaven! Thank you for joining my world of magical mysteries and exciting adventures. Bring your own refreshments and I’ll provide the rest.

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Any questions?

This is the last call for questions for my forthcoming interview with a translator of adult and children's fiction.  This will form part of my  'Day At The Desk' of series and, being mono-lingual myself I am super excited about finding out more about this very important and intriguing part of the publishing process.  Questions by email, twitter, FB or via the website - it doesn't matter, just get in touch.   

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Writing Competition!

Open to all under 19 year olds. 

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A Day At The Desk

I am particularly thrilled to welcome my friend the poet and author Claire Dyer to today's 'Day At The Desk' feature.  After a busy month with the triumphant launch of her latest novel The Last Day, Claire has generously agreed to answer questions from a local school about how she juggles writing poetry and prose, teaching and numerous other creative commitments.  Welcome Claire.  

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Day At The Desk

Today's 'A Day At The Desk' welcomes the author illustrator duo Sam Hay and Sarah Massini, my stars of the week and creators of the  Star in the Jar (reviewed here), a book that bought tears to my eyes. 

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Calling All School Children!

Kids - I need your help! I want loads of brilliant questions from 4 - 14 year olds that I can put to professionals across the publishing industry. I'll compile their answers into a series of features on the site that will hopefully help us to really understand how a book goes from the first word on a scrap of paper to a shelf in your local library. 

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How did you choose the cover?

The first question children ask when they hear I’ve had a novel published is, “did you do the illustrations?” The next is often, “how did you choose the cover?” and “how many have you sold?” I fear I disappoint on all scores as all I did was write the story (and even that with a co-author); I can’t draw for toffee, our publisher chose the cover and until the royalty statement I have no idea how many we have sold. 

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A Word With Kate Scott

A huge welcome and a round of applause for the very talented, and extremely patient (I've been a bit inefficient about this post - sorry Kate) KATE SCOTT who is celebrating the launch of her brilliant new book JUST JACK,  

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A Word With Ann Evans

I am thrilled to welcome a very special author to the blog today.  I met Ann Evans at a recent author event where she was presenting an 'children's writer' award she had judged.  I plucked up my courage to hi-jack her in the tea queue and hey presto  

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A Word With Lisa Thompson

I am delighted to welcome the bestselling author of The Goldfish Boy whose second fantastic novel The Light Jar launches to huge critical acclaim this week. Lisa has kindly agreed to join me on the blog today and to answer some of your questions and I am delighted to feature reviews on both of her novels on The Bookshelf.  

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A Word With Kate Frost

Kate and I have not met but I feel like I know her - we are members of the same Facebook group (Book Connectors), she lives in Bristol which is near where I come from and, like me, she writes adult and children's fiction.  I recently reviewed Kate's novel Time Shifters Into The Past 

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A Word With Cate Douglas

A big round of applause and an enthusiastic tail wag for author Cate Douglas, creator of Poppy's Tail, who has kindly agreed to come on the site today. Cate and I have never met, but I have a 

A great new initiative called #BookBuddy links donors with schools. Visit Book Buddy and help more children discover the world of books.


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Just Jack

Jack knows LOTS about starting a new school. Since Dad left, he and his mum have moved house five times. He also knows all about fitting in. The trick is to act exactly like everyone else and make sure no one ever notices him.  

 

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The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle

Reema runs to remember the life she left behind in Syria. Caylin runs to find what she's lost. Under the grey Glasgow skies, twelve-year-old refugee Reema is struggling to find her place in a new country, 

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The Poetry of The Thames

Riverside Lane is set in a Thameside village and my WIP (work in progress), The Witches Punchbowl, is set in a hidden valley high above the river.  Taking a break from fiction, I've written a short piece on how 'my bit' of the Thames has inspired so many artists in the past:- 

"The moon illuminated the yew tree's ghoulish profiles turning them into grim reapers that watched over us as we rowed."

~The Witches' Punchbowl