Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘Iggy Peck and the Mysterious Mansion,’ by Andrea Beaty with illustrations by David Beaty, that takes us on a new adventure with Iggy Peck with a haunted twist. When Iggy’s friend Ada Twist’s Aunt Bernice, inherits a mansion from world-famous ice cream baron Herbert Sherbert it’s the start of a brand new mystery for The Questioneers to solve. When priceless antiques start to go missing, everyone claims the house is haunted. If they can’t find the missing treasure then Aunt Bernice will lose the house, Can Iggy and his friends solve the puzzle and recover the antiques before it’s too late? I’m a huge fan of the Andrea Beaty and David Robert’s marvellous Rosie Revere, Iggy Peck and Ada Twist picture books so I was thrilled that ‘The Questioneers,’ would be making their appearance in a new illustrated fiction series. Perfect for inquisitive minds, this is the third book in the series and it delves into the world of architecture and marvels at it’s mystery. Exquisitely produced with sublime illustrations this book is wonderfully stimulating and filled with fun.
To celebrate the release of this book I have a special guest post from author Andrea Beaty on where she likes to write…
‘Where I Write’ by Andrea Beaty
“Where I write depends on where I am in the process of the book. If I’m brainstorming or outlining plots, I often go on long walks or work in the garden. I might take a notepad to a restaurant or sit on my porch. At that point, I try to avoid using technology because I’m so easily distracted by the latest shiny thing! Eventually, I have to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. Then, I spend a lot of time in my office. Sometimes, I’m at my desk. Other times, I’m in my cozy chair by the window. Sometimes, I close my eyes in my cozy chair and emit strange growly noises. These are not snores. They are thought grumbles. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
My writing space includes images from The Questioneers books. They inspire me to ponder who the kids are based on the details David Roberts includes in his beautiful illustrations. I also have a blue pen, a spiral notebook, and a Rhyming Dictionary which I use to compile a list of viable rhymes. Listing possible rhymes often helps me find a new direction for the story.
The other resource I use is the Flip Dictionary. It helps me find all the terms associated with a specific topic. For instance, if I was writing about horses, it would tell me breeds, equipment, running styles and other wonderful words associated with all things horse.
I like quirky things and old maps and typewriters so my space is filled with something to study. I find that moving around to a new spot or even turning my chair in a new direction can help break up writer’s block and inspire me. Sometimes, I reshuffle everything on my desk and rearrange my bookshelves. That activity is usually followed by chocolate and thought grumbles in my cozy chair. Some people call that procrastination. I call it my “process.” That is the rest of my story and I’m sticking to it, too!”
Thank you to Andrea for this lovely post, I love having a sneak peek around the places where authors write. It’s really intriguing to see the objects they like to surround themselves with.
Why not join in with the rest of the blog tour for more guest posts and reviews.
Thank you to Lorraine and Abrams for inviting me to join in with the blog tour and for sending me a gifted copy of this marvellous book. ‘Iggy Peck and the Mysterious Mansion,’ is available to buy now online or from your local bookshop.
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