A Word With Author J.L. Smith

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Today we welcome children's author Jenny Smith. Jenny's super successful novels include Diary of a Parent Trainer, (already reviewed on The Bookshelf), My Big Fat Teen Crisis and the fab Abominator series.Jenny has kindly agreed to answer questions submitted from my Instagram and Twitter followers.

If you'd like your question included in my next author Q & A, either email or direct mail me your questions and I'll add them to the list.  Meanwhile, over to the lovely Jenny.

Q. Who is your favourite music artist?

A. I can’t decide between Beyonce and Dolly Parton!

Q. What's your favourite film?

A. Apollo 13

Q. If you could acquire any talent what would it be?

A. I keep thinking of superpower things like flying or mind reading. But talent… probably music.

Q.  Who's our favourite fictional hero?

A. Captain Wentworth from Jane Austen’s Persuasion. I love a proud, self-made man.

Q. Who's you're favourite fictional villain? 

A. Severus Snape in the Harry Potter books because he turned out not to be a villain at all.

Q. If you could meet a character from history who would it be and what would you say to him?

A. Martin Luther King and I’d tell him how much I admired him.

Q. What is your favourite thing to do when you're not writing?

A. Reading and travelling, and taking note of interesting things I see.

Q.  What's your fantasy profession?

A. Olympic 10,000 metres champion. This is hilarious as I can’t even run for a bus.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Greek Salad with rustic bread. It covers most of the food groups. ;-)

 Q. Who are your favourite children's authors?

A. Too many modern authors to name really – but I like Andy Stanton, Louise Rennison, Jeff Kinney, Julia Donaldson, J.K. Rowling, Philip Pullman and Michael Morpurgo. I also have a soft spot for the authors I enjoyed when I was young such as Frances Hodgson Burnett, Laura Ingalls Wilder, C.S. Lewis, Richmal Crompton, Kenneth Graham and Shirley Hughes.

Q. Is there a book you love to re-read?

A. The children’s book I could revisit over and over is The Wind in the Willows. It’s a classic for a reason.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for young writers and story tellers?

A. Enjoy every minute, and write what you’d love to read yourself. When you tell stories, you are creating your own universes and travelling through time. How incredible is that!




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The Phantom Lollipop Man!

Review to follow (busy week!) but, as you can see, I adored this hence its position as the March Book of the Month!  



Igniting Writing is a creative writing club hosted at Wokingham Library and completely free to attend. The club provides a fun, relaxed atmosphere where 11-18 year-olds can develop their storytelling and writing skills. Writing can be a bit of a solitary activity, so this provides a great opportunity for teens to come together and write as a group, share their imaginative story ideas with others and build friendships with other young aspiring writers. Sessions are held on Saturday mornings, 10:30am to 12noon, and focus on a different aspect of writing every week, from creating characters and settings to exploring genres like sci-fi, fantasy and beyond. Roughly once a month Igniting Writing also hosts 'guest speaker' sessions, where local authors, poets, journalists and other people experienced in the world of writing come and share their knowledge and advice – it's a chance to get the inside scoop from the pros!