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Author Archives: sciencesoupchef

That time when my book became a school musical

When I signed up to write this blogpost, I was going to write about my usual school visits. But then something unusual, and completely wonderful happened. I was contacted through … Continue reading

July 24, 2017

Book Birthday Interview – Nikki Sheehan interviews Elli Woollard for Swashbuckle Lil and the Jewel Thief

Lil is a pirate, a good sort of pirate, and when there is someone to save,  she’ll do what is right (if it takes her all night). Yes, she’ll always … Continue reading

February 9, 2017

My favourite book on writing – Bird By Bird

I’d never found a book on writing that spoke to, let alone one that sat me down, passed me a glass of wine and made me laugh out loud, until … Continue reading

October 10, 2016 · 5 Comments

No, thank you for the music. Usually

Have you ever listened to a perfect piece of music and thought – I want to write a book just like that song. If so, you’re on my team. However, … Continue reading

March 2, 2016

Book Birthday Interview – Nikki Sheehan interviews CJ Skuse about her latest novel MONSTER

At sixteen Nash thought that the fight to become Head Girl of prestigious boarding school Bathory would be the biggest battle she’d face. Until her brother’s disappearance leads to Nash … Continue reading

September 24, 2015

Borrowing from life

One of my least favourite questions during school visits, apart from How much do you earn, and Why do you look so much younger in your photo, has to be … Continue reading

May 12, 2015

Squishy McFluff Meets Mad Nana Dot Birthday Interview!

For anyone who’s been living under a rock, the phenomenon of Squishy McFluff, the invisible cat is the best thing to happen to kids’ books since Dr Seuss. Well, from … Continue reading

February 6, 2015 · 1 Comment

The best place I’d rather not be

This is me last summer in the Forest of Dean. Perfect, huh? Well, nearly, though it does get a bit hot in a hot tub (I suppose the clue was … Continue reading

October 24, 2014 · 1 Comment

Book birthday interview with Kendra Leighton

I totally love ghost stories, so I jumped a the chance of reading the fantastic debut by Kendra Leighton GLIMPSE. It chilled my spine, warmed my gnarled old heart, and … Continue reading

June 19, 2014 · 3 Comments

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