A group of published UK-based authors and illustrators of picture books, children's and YA.

Author Archives: CJ Daugherty

I Never Liked Nancy Drew

I consider it a mark against my character that I never liked Nancy Drew. She was just so nice. Her manners were unbelievably good. I never met anyone so… pleasant.

July 29, 2016 · 1 Comment

Try: 10 Reasons Not to be A Writer

When I told my mother I was going to be a writer, she cried. I was the first person in my family to go to university and she thought I was wasting my education. She wanted me to be a banker.

March 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

Building Characters from Scratch – Where do I begin?

I’m often asked how writers create characters. I completely understand why people want to know – after all, we start with nothing and, if everything goes well, end up with … Continue reading

April 20, 2015


                    So, here’s the thing: Ruth Warburton and I were MEANT to be together. Our first ever novels – Night School from … Continue reading

June 4, 2014 · 6 Comments

Where the Boys Are

  There has been some debate recently about children’s literature in general – and young adult books in particular – as to whether it’s all become a little too girl-centric. … Continue reading

May 14, 2014 · 6 Comments

Love is a drug

Writing romance, like tightrope walking, is much harder than it looks. Those who do it well make it look so easy it can be tempting to just leap up onto … Continue reading

February 12, 2014

Kill your darlings

I never killed anyone I really loved until the long, cold winter I spent writing my second novel. I had killed before, of course. In Night School I killed one … Continue reading

October 15, 2013 · 2 Comments

Happy Book Birthday Natasha Ngan and The Elites

Today is the official publication date for Natasha Ngan’s thrilling debut novel, The Elites. Congratulations Natasha! There’s a lot of buzz about this future dystopia novel set in a world … Continue reading

September 5, 2013 · 2 Comments

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