School visits are one of the strangest parts of an author’s job. Writing books? You signed up for that. Talking about your books at festivals? Not part of your dream author vision, but at least you’re standing in front of an audience of guaranteed bookworms. Talking about your book IN SCHOOLS, in front of a random group of children who might HATE BOOKS? Gulp.
But I am here to tell you that if you do it right, school visits can be not just OK, but absolutely brilliant. I promise! Just follow these tips …
When Murder Most Unladylike was doing the rounds of publishers, the most common (and totally understandable) response went along the lines of ‘We like this, but murder? For children? It … Continue reading
My detectives Daisy and Hazel like to call themselves Sherlock and Watson (and I like to think of them as Sherlock and Poirot) – but when I write about them, … Continue reading
It still amazes me that I’m allowed to get away with murder every time I publish a book. I write the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries – four titles out so … Continue reading
Ever since I first read the Hobbit, I’ve been addicted to maps in books. Maps make a world real. They’re a key that can give anyone who looks at them … Continue reading
As a kid, I read everywhere. In bed, under the bed, in the airing cupboard, on top of a closet (where I should not have been), up a tree (where … Continue reading
When I was first planning my fourth Murder Most Unladylike Mystery, the book that is now called Jolly Foul Play, I got two messages from two people who I don’t think were colluding with each other. They both said essentially the same thing: you need to write a murder at a fireworks display!
Jolly Foul Play will be published in March 2016, but it takes place on bonfire night (for non-UK readers, this is the night of 5th November, when British people celebrate the failure of Guy Fawkes’ plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605) – and so this week is the perfect time to reveal some more about it.
Today I’m delighted to be celebrating the book birthday of MG author, Emma Carroll, whose third book, In Darkling Wood, is out this month. It’s a lovely mixture of real issues and beautiful fantasy, and is a wonderful story about family love and the power of hope.