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

Author Archives: Sangu Mandanna

A Window to Another World

One of my favourite things about reading (and writing, actually) is getting completely caught up in a brand new world. A gorgeous, vividly described, exciting world. Sometimes fictional worlds are … Continue reading

November 6, 2017

Sob Stories

I don’t know about you, but my favourite books, the ones I remember years later and reread countless times, are the ones that pack an emotional punch. Sometimes it’s how … Continue reading

May 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

Poetry for the times

I’m a novel girl, I have to admit. I like meaty¬†stories and would choose a gorgeously written YA fantasy over a book of poetry any day. That said, there are … Continue reading

September 16, 2016 · 2 Comments

Book Birthday Interview: UNBOXED by Non Pratt

Dear Non, HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY!!!! love, the Allsorts UNBOXED, for those of you who don’t know much about it, is a fabulous, heartbreaking story about what happens when four friends … Continue reading

August 15, 2016

The Six (Sometimes Painful) Phases of Writing a Novel

Alex Campbell wrote a fantastic post about writing processes on Monday, which I actually loved so much that I almost decided not to write my own version at all and … Continue reading

April 13, 2016

Wicked and glorious

Ah, villains. Antagonists are an essential part of storytelling. Even if your ‘villain’ isn’t an actual person, the protagonist needs to have some force acting against them for the story … Continue reading

December 7, 2015

Twist the Trope

Hmm. (Not my picture, by the way. Google provides all.) You know, tropes are a tricky thing. Do you love them? Hate them? Eradicate every last trace of them from … Continue reading

August 3, 2015

5 Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Got Published

Oh boy, I could talk to you all week. I didn’t know a single bloody thing before I got published. I think narrowing this post down to just five things … Continue reading

March 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

Curling up with a Good Book

It’s a bit of a clich√©, the whole curling up with a good book thing. It can also be the best thing ever. As a child, one of my favourite … Continue reading

October 20, 2014 · 2 Comments

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