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

Author Archives: dansmithsbooks

Movies to Books!

Film adaptations of novels carry huge potential to disappoint. Translating the written word to the screen can lose event and depth; even kill the part of a story that speaks to … Continue reading

September 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Librarian; Not To be Underestimated

I’m in the final throes of editing my latest novel. This always requires a little trimming because one thing I constantly re-learn about my writing is that I have a habit of … Continue reading

August 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

Writing For Different Age Groups . . .

One of the things I enjoy most about school visits is when I’ve finished talking and the students get to ask questions. You never know quite what you’re going to … Continue reading

June 8, 2015 · 2 Comments

Hedgerows, Technology, and Dried Froop

There’s that moment, writing a novel set in the past, when a character needs to eat and I realise that I have no idea what they would have eaten. I … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

What I really wanted to be . . .

Here is my confession. I didn’t want to be a writer. Let me explain. For me, stories were always there. They were what I thought about most of the time. … Continue reading

November 7, 2014 · 2 Comments

Wrong Way! Go Back!

Planners, I salute you and your organised ways. I admire your mind-maps and your plot charts, your post-it note wall plans and your index cards. I envy your disciplined detailing … Continue reading

September 17, 2014 · 6 Comments

There is Always Death (by Dan Smith)

Until I was a teenager, I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer. I loved stories. I loved reading and I loved watching films, but I didn’t know I … Continue reading

July 16, 2014 · 2 Comments

Don’t Be Boring

Type ‘writing advice’ into Google and you’ll get 540,000,000 hits – and counting. ‘30 Indispensable writing tips from famous authors’ ‘Ten rules for writing fiction’ ’10 ridiculously simple tips’ ‘Writing … Continue reading

April 28, 2014

Writers Are Weird

Writers can be a pretty strange bunch. At least, that’s the myth. There are certain writers who are steeped in eccentricity that makes them . . . well, it makes … Continue reading

February 26, 2014 · 3 Comments

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 3,314 other followers

Blog Stats

  • 197,924 hits