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Tag Archives: Dan Smith

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

Group post – our favourite inspirational quotes

Welcome to our first group post of 2015! Today, we’re sharing our favourite inspirational quotes about writing.   Janet Edwards   This one is for every hopeful author faced with a dreaded … Continue reading

February 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

Book Birthday Interview: Dan Smith talks to Emma Pass about BIG GAME

Hi Dan, Happy (belated) Book Birthday and congratulations on the release of BIG GAME, which was published by Chicken House on 1st January. Can you tell our blog readers a … Continue reading

January 8, 2015

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

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

Book Birthday Interview – Dan Smith and MY FRIEND THE ENEMY

Today is publication day for Dan Smith’s debut children’s novel, MY FRIEND THE ENEMY, so to celebrate, I thought I would ask him a few questions about the book and … Continue reading

July 4, 2013 · 5 Comments

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