The Longest Night of Charlie Noon – Guest Post Christopher Edge

Today I am delighted to welcome Christopher Edge to the blog with a special guest post to celebrate the release of his latest extraordinary book, ‘The Longest Night of Charlie Noon.’ When Dizzy tells Charlie that he found something in the woods last night they set out to investigate despite warnings from the horrid Johnny who claims monsters lie in the woods. However their curiosity outweighs their fears but nothing can prepare them for what they discover deep inside the woods. With puzzles and dangers lurking at every corner can they make it out of the dark woods when seemingly there’s no escape! Once again Christopher has blown my mind with this highly imaginative tale filled with twists and turns. He takes you on an emotional rollercoaster of a journey as they try to make sense of what is happening as time plays tricks on their minds. Prepare to have your senses stimulated, your mind messed with in this emotional and extraordinary story.

The Longest Night of Charlie Noon – Christopher Edge

“Once upon a time, three kids got lost in the woods.

Sounds like a fairy story, doesn’t it?

But what exactly is a time?”

So begins the prologue to The Longest Night of Charlie Noon, but why do so many stories take us into the woods? From tales of Hansel and Gretel to The Wind in the Willows, adventures up the Faraway Tree and Bilbo Baggins battling giant spiders in the depths of Mirkwood, there’s something special about the landscape that storytellers find beneath a roof of leaves.

When I was researching The Longest Night of Charlie Noon, I spent one very scary night alone in the ancient woodland of Lower Woods where the story is set. As darkness fell and the shadows grew around me, I couldn’t help but feel that I’d been here before. Then I remembered that I had, in the pages of a story. One of my favourite childhood books was Danny, The Champion of the World by Roald Dahl, and as I stepped through the darkness of Lower Woods, I felt like I was Danny, searching for his dad in the darkness of Hazell’s Wood; Dahl’s evocative description of this experience always accompanied in my mind by Jill Bennett’s magical illustrations.

The Longest Night of Charlie Noon is also linked to another, maybe more-forgotten, classic of children’s literature: the novel Brendon Chase by the author, illustrator and naturalist Denys Watkins-Pitchford, who wrote under the pen name ‘BB’. When researching the book I immersed myself in nature writing, reading wonderful books by Robert Macfarlane and Patrick Barkham to name but a couple, both writers who have mentioned the formative influence of this novel, as does Philip Pullman who writes in Daemon Voices of the Blakean delight he found in BB’s writing about the natural world.

 

When I finished the first draft of The Longest Night of Charlie Noon, I picked up a copy of Brendon Chase and in it I found strange parallels with the story I was telling. First published in 1944, but set in the inter-war period, Brendon Chase is about three boys who run away from home to live wild in the woods for months, making their home in a hollow oak tree. The Longest Night of Charlie Noon is about three children who spend just one night in the woods, but for Charlie, Dizzy and Johnny, this night seems to last for a very long time…

In another essay from Daemon Voices, Philip Pullman writes of ‘the path through the wood’, categorising these as ‘the difference between the story-world and the story-line’ and stressing that the duty of the storyteller is to stick to the path. I think he’s absolutely right, but the wonderful thing about stories about woods is that the path has to lead through the darkness of the trees before you can reach the light.

I’ll leave you with one final quotation from The Longest Night of Charlie Noon:

“This tree may look old, but it is only a fleeting moment in the universe. Once upon a time it was a seed, then a sapling and, in another time and place, it will be something else again.” Maybe even a book…

Perhaps that’s why stories so often take us into the woods – it’s because the paper that they’re printed on retains the memories of the trees they once were.

Thank you to Christopher for this really intriguing guest post.

Blog Tour

Why not join in with the rest of the blog tour for more special guest posts and reviews.

Thank you to Clare and Nosy Crow for inviting me to join in with the blog tour and for sending me a gifted copy of this book. ‘The Longest Night of Charlie Noon,’ is available to buy online or from any good bookshop.

Cover Reveal – Grace-Ella Witch Camp by Sharon Marie Jones, illustrated by Adriana J Puglisi

I’m really excited to be able to reveal for you today the cover of the lovely and talented Sharon Marie Jones second novel. ‘Grace-Ella Witch Camp’, illustrated by Adriana J Puglisi which will be published on September 30th by Firefly Press.

So without further ado here it is…

I think the cover is just gorgeous, I love the striking colours and think it will be massively appealing to younger readers. The cover is designed by Claire Brisley and the illustration is by Adriana J Puglisi. I’m a huge fan of Illustrated Fiction and this book features black and white illustrations throughout also by Adriana. I’m excited to find out what lies beneath that stunning cover so let’s find out more.

Grace-Ella Witch Camp

Grace-Ella is nervous and excited to go to Witch Camp, with her cat Mr Whiskins, of course. She is put in a cabin with Dilys, Mati and Aisha. Grace-Ella likes them all. But when Dilys’s broomstick flying goes very wrong, and Mati convinces them breaking the rules and going into the woods at night is the only way to help her. Grace-Ella finds herself on a real adventure. Will she be able to save her friends?

This sounds really intriguing and I can’t wait to go on another adventure with Grace-Ella and her friends. If you haven’t had a chance to read the enchanting first book in the series, ‘Grace-Ella Spells For Beginners,’ you can find out more in my review.

Sharon Marie Jones

Sharon Marie Jones was born and raised in mountainous North Wales immersed in magical folktale of giants and fairies. She now lives near Aberystwyth with her husband and sons. She studied English and Education at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth graduating with first class honours. She worked as a primary school teacher for 12 years, before becoming a full time author.

Thank you to Meg and Firefly for inviting me to host this cover reveal. You can buy the first book in the series, ‘Grace-Ella Spells For Beginners,’ online or from any good bookshop.

The Good Thieves – Katherine Rundell

From the opening line of Katherine Rundell’s, ‘The Good Thieves,’ you know that this will be a showstopper of a read. Vita has arrived off the boat from England to bring her beloved grandfather home after the death of her grandmother. Heartbroken she discovers her grandfather is a broken man, cheated out of his family home by a crooked conman and she is determined to right this terrible wrong. How can this small girl outwit the most dastardly of criminal with only her knife throwing skills to protect her. A chance encounter with a young pickpocket and two boys who have the most unusual skills gives Vita an idea. Recruiting this unusual band of misfits, she reveals to them her lawless plan to seize back her grandfather’s home. But Vita isn’t telling them the whole truth and soon they find themselves caught up in a truly deadly and dangerous game of chance.

A new book by Katherine Rundell is always a joy to behold and ‘The Good Thieves,’ is an absolute marvel of a read. Katherine has surpassed my expectations by creating this nail-biting heist, that is extraordinarily compelling. Packed with action, thrills, spills and the unexpected it keeps the reader firmly on the edge of their seats as Vita risks everything in her quest to reunite her grandfather with his home. Katherine excels in conjuring up a vivid sense of time and place in her stories and magnificently transports us to New York in the 1920s. You can feel the post-war buzz in the air with anything and everything feeling like a possibility. It genuinely feels like you have stepped back in time to walk on those grimy boardwalks and sneak into the speak-easies hidden away from the law. She captures the meaness of the city street’s perfectly, giving this story a truly delicious edge. Vita is an exceptional character who refuses to let the limitations caused by childhood polio slow her down, she grits her teeth and battles on her resilience never failing. The attention to detail in the writing is exceptional, I just adored every page of this gorgeous story. Exquisite characterisation meets sublime storytelling in this thrilling, spectacular ride of an adventure. Another classic in the making from Katherine Rundell.

Thank you to Bloomsbury for sending me a gifted proof copy of this marvellous book. ‘The Good Thieves,’ is released online on the 13th June but is available in indie bookshops now.

Grumpycorn – Guest Post Sarah McIntyre

Today I am delighted to welcome the brilliant Sarah McIntyre to the blog with a special guest post to celebrate the release of her newest picture book, the fabulous, ‘Grumpycorn.’ Unicorn is suffering from writer’s block and is struggling to write the fabulous story of his dreams, even his fancy notebook, fluffy pen and moonberry tea aren’t helping. I think all writers will understand unicorn’s pain as he struggles with writer’s block. Vibrant and bold illustrations meet hilarious and heartfelt storytelling in this fabulous book. Let’s find out more from Sarah…

Grumpycorn: introducing… UNICORN!

Here’s UNICORN! He’s most definitely the star of Grumpycorn; he’s so excited that all these readers will get to watch him create – right before your very eyes! – the most fabulous story in the world. Look at his idyllic writing cottage. Surely he has everything he needs to tap into his creative genius.

…Well, everything except an IDEA. He likes to think of himself as a writer but he has absolutely no idea what to write. But he’s sure that if he faffs around just a little bit more, he can get over his writer’s block.

Unicorn’s predicament gets more and more absurd as the story goes on, and he treats his friends quite badly as his fear sets in that maybe he really isn’t going to write the most fabulous story ever created.

Can his friends help? In the meantime, I’ve created an activity sheet that lets you, the reader (or the person you’re reading to) colour Unicorn and his friends, and give them lots of ideas for stories in their thought bubbles. Each of them likes imagining themselves as the heroes of their stories; what sort of adventures might they be getting up to in their imaginations?

For all my books I’ve created how-to-draw guides, and here’s one for our grumpy Unicorn. Download this, and check out all the activities here on my website!

Thanks to Sarah for this brilliant guest post, the resources look brilliant perfect for using at home or in school.

Thank you to Louisa and Scholastic for inviting me to join in with the blog tour and for sending me a gifted copy of the book in exchange for participation. ‘Grumpycorn,’ is available to buy now online or from any good bookshop.

Irresistible Illustrated Fiction

Regular readers of the blog will know I’m a huge fan of illustrated fiction books. They are perfect for newly confident readers allowing them to gain confidence without being overwhelmed by pages of text. Here is my round up of my favourite recent releases all guaranteed to enthral and entertain younger readers. They would make wonderful additions to any primary school library.

King Coo: The Curse of the Mummy’s Gold – Adam Stower

King Coo and Ben are back with another hilarious, hysterical and highly inventive adventure in ‘The Curse of the Mummy’s Gold.’ With the summer holidays having flown by, Ben is back at school and back in trouble. In a bid to help out his mum he enrols into an after school history club run by Professor Pickering. Something is not quite right about this new teacher and his band of girls from the Lilly Lavender Academy. Unwittingly Ben stumbles across a plot to rob the museum where his mum works and gets himself caught up in a terrifying tangle. Can he unravel the truth behind the burglaries by the notorious Midnight Mob and will he avoid the deadly curse of the Mummy’s Gold? With the fearless King Coo nearby, surely they can save the day!  Another absolute triumph in storytelling  from Adam Stower, matched with the most bold, intricate and zany illustrations. It really is an irresistible and winning combination.

The Naughtiest Unicorn – Pip Bird, illustrated by David O’Connell

Mira has been desperately waiting to see if she will get an invitation to join Unicorn School and follow in the footsteps of her mum and her big sister Rani. She dreams that her unicorn will be called Princess Delilah Sparklehoof so is somewhat dismayed to be matched with a rather unusual and reluctant unicorn called Dave. This sets the tone for the entire story delivering a unicorn tale which is far from the fluffy and magical story we expect. Dave is more grumpy than sparkly and more interested in doughnuts than joining in at school. How will Mira ever complete the magical quest and earn the raft of medals her heart desires? Hilarious and heartfelt this is a great story about friendship, acceptance and making your own way in the world. David’s illustrations capture the chaos and carnage that Dave brings to Mira’s world brilliantly. I particularly like how his expressions capture the personalities of the characters perfectly. Wonderfully diverse and inclusive, this book is more funny and feisty than glamorous and glittery. I fully expect this series to be a huge hit at school with three more books in the series coming in quick succession.

The Unlucky Eleven – Phil Earle, illustrated  by Steve May

I was so excited to find out that Phil Earle & Steve May were collaborating on a  new ‘Little Gems’ book for Barrington Stoke because I really loved sharing, ‘Superdad’s Day Off,’ in my library sessions. Once again they have produced another crowd pleaser of a book, hugely hilarious and effortlessly entertaining in ‘The Unlucky Eleven.’ Ridiculous injuries, strange illnesses and cancelled game have plagued Stanley’s team resulting in their worst season ever. In total despair the team are convinced they have been cursed and Stanley is determined to find a way to convince them that he can break the curse. When a magic potion fails to break the curse and he inadvertently makes matters worse it’s up to Stanley to find a new solution before it’s too late. Steve May’s hilarious and lively illustrations capture the chaos and carnage unfolding magnificently. At the heart of this story is a simple message about the transformative effect of self-belief and how working together can really save the day! Another gem of a book from Phil and Steve.

The Missing Bookshop – Katie Clapham, illustrated by Kirsti Beautyman

‘The Missing Bookshop,’ is one of the newest books in the beautifully illustrated full-colour fiction range from Stripes Publishing. ‘The Missing Bookshop,’ is a charming tale about Milly who adore her local bookshop and the owner Miss Minty. Miss Minty takes Milly on adventures all over the world during story time and always has just the right book to recommend to every customer. So Milly is shocked and dismayed to discover one day that the bookshop has closed down. Where could Miss Minty and the bookshop have gone? Milly can’t imagine her world without a bookshop and sets out to find a way to bring the bookshop back. Wonderfully uplifting this book is a real celebration of the joys of bookshops and the power of storytelling. Kirsti’s stunning illustrations are bursting with warmth and joy, capturing the emotions of Milly beautifully. This is a treasure of a book, perfect for sharing with young book lovers.

Mystery on the Ostrich Express – Laura James, illustrated by Emily Fox

Fabio, the world’s greatest detective is back in another neon mystery aboard the famous Ostrich Express. With the help of his giraffe sidekick Gilbert, Fabio must use his cunning mind, his powers of detection and a side helping of pink lemonade to discover who has stolen the priceless Laloozee Ruby. With old enemies close by and things not being quite what they seem, can they uncover the identity of the true thief in time? Laura has a talent for creating eccentric and interesting characters who leap off the page totally capturing children’s attentions. Vibrantly illustrated in vivid tones of orange and pink this book is a fine successor to ‘The Case of the Missing Hippo.’  Emily Fox’s intricate illustrations are bursting with humour and life and this book is stunningly produced.  This truly marvellous collaboration has proved to be a big hit at school and we can’t wait for more crime solving capers with Fabio.

The Aliens Are Coming – Tracey Corderoy & Steven Lenton

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam are back with another three hilarious adventures in, ‘The Aliens Are Coming.’ Such was the demand for this book at school, the teachers shared it with the year two children before I even managed to read it myself. Packed with thrills, spills and mysteries our dynamic duo are back on the case solving more wacky mysteries. Shifty and Sam are convinced aliens have landed but nobody else seems to have noticed, can they make contact and save the world before it’s too late. When red panda makes an appearance at the sandcastle competition something is bound to be amiss, can they discover what this rascal is up to this time or will he get away with another dastardly deed. And when a new café opens stealing all of Sam and Shiftys’ business they feel bound to investigate and there’s something very familiar about the new owner that makes them thing that something is not quite right. Irresistibly funny, this series continues to be much loved at school. Tracey’s talent for delivering irresistible stories paired with Steven’s joyful detailed illustrations filled with mischief and mayhem ensure these stories continue to be firm favourites.

Thank you to Barrington Stoke, Bloomsbury, David Fickling Books, Egmont, Nosy Crow Books and Stripes Publishing for sending me copies of these books in exchange for an honest review. To buy or pre-order any of these titles click the title or pop into any good bookshop.

The Tide – Guest Post Clare Helen Walsh

Today I have a special guest post from Clare Helen Walsh as part of the blog tour for her beautiful picture book, ‘The Tide,’ illustrated by Ashling Lindsay. In this emotional story we get a child’s perspective on the memory loss of her beloved grandfather. Clare has created a thoughtful post on the value of intergenerational friendships to celebrate ‘Dementia Action Week.’

‘The value of intergenerational friendships’– Dementia Action Week 2019

To celebrate the launch of my new picture book, The Tide, (beautifully illustrated by Ashling Lindsay and published by Little Tiger Press), I wanted to find out how we can all do more to support older people living in our community.

The Tide, which touches on themes of growing older, empathy and dementia, likens a Grandad’s memories to the ebbing, flowing rhythm of the ocean. Recently, there has been a big rise in the profile of intergenerational projects, including school visits into nursing homes, community lunches, memory cafes… perhaps with thanks to programmes such as ‘Old People’s Home for Four Year Olds’ (Channel 4, 2017) But what is the motivation behind such projects and what are the benefits for those involved?

Dementia Action Week seemed like the perfect opportunity to find out more. Ipplepen Primary School in Devon are one such school who have been making intergenerational links in their community since 2017 and I was excited to find out first-hand the value in bringing younger and older people together.

I began with a visit to the school and used a reading of The Tide as a hook for a dementia workshop, gauging the children’s understanding and interest in the disease. Several of the Year Six’s were able to talk about their personal experiences and others about what they had heard or already knew. We discussed how to define ‘memory’ and ‘dementia’ and then played a short True or False Quiz available from the Alzheimer’s Society website. I was particularly impressed that the children knew it was possible to live well with dementia and they knew dementia is more than just difficulty remembering. A very keen and knowledgable group of young people.

The children then told me about what they thought of their experience volunteering at the monthly community lunches;

“I enjoyed a conversation with a blind man about his guide dog and blindness. He appreciated the opportunity to discuss his experiences and how he had become blind aged 60 and how his dog was his lifeline, barking to warn him of dangers and helping him to do things.”

“I discovered that a man shared an interest in planes with me. Despite sometimes forgetting day to day events, this man enjoyed discussing various types of aircraft, in particular how he had flown to Spain on Concord!”

“I enjoyed sharing memories with a gentleman who was a child in World War 2. The man explained to me how there were so many air raids when he was a child that they never had to do a drill because they had to go to the air raid shelters very often!”

And another child discussed her involvement in Pioneers with a gentleman. He was very interested in this and went on to tell her all about how he was once in the scouts and all the badges he had worked for.

The school staff validated what the children appeared to glean from their volunteer work, speaking glowingly about the atmosphere at the events and how proud they are of their children.

“I am always impressed with how sensible and mature the children are. They are only 10 and 11 years old. Talking to people they don’t know must be difficult at first. But they ask things like ‘Can I help you? Would you like some more water?’ Lots of them are nervous the first time they go, but they come back and talk about how much they enjoyed it. The community lunches give the children a chance to develop a confidence and expertise relating to others. One of the nicest things is that both groups realise they have things in common. ‘I’m 97 and you’re ten but we can share a joke together!’ said one guest.”

The organisers of the lunches also praise the community links highly;

“Some of our old folk do not see anyone for days on end. If they live away from their own families, they have little contact with children. They enjoy the contact at lunch time with us. They are happy to talk and really appreciate the different characteristics of the young folk and more than happy to ask about school, their hobbies etc.

The youngsters seem very aware of problems that older folk may have, some are able to relate to their older relatives. That some of our folk are in their 90’s, even 100 or more stretches their imagination until they meet them on the day! And they seem to appreciate the responsibility they have to help at mealtime.

That everything is a voluntary part of community life is good for them to appreciate and see in action.

Having to explain the lunch club to the children before they come is good for us – it means we reflect on what we do, how and why we do it.”

 

As a reward for the school’s time, effort and achievements, I arranged for the children to participate in a carousel of three memory related activities; 

1)      Memory Beach Poetry; The children picked a memory important to them, be it happy, sad, silly or something else, and shared some of the details of this memory with the group. We drew and illustrated these onto paper cup sandcastles and used them to create short poems based on what we could feel, see, hear, smell, taste and remember.

2)      Sand Clay Keepsake; The children created a piece of art from a dough mixed with sand, salt, flour and water. These could either be for themselves, to remember the session, or for a loved one. Aren’t they beautiful?

3)      A mixed-media Memory Collage; The children also chose to create a class Memory Board of their local area, using a range of photographs, pastels, watercolours, fabric and collage. The children are going to present the work at the next Community Lunch. What a treat!

It was clear from my visit to Ipplepen School, that their intergenerational projects are having a positive impact on the wellbeing and quality of life of the residents and school alike. The children have the opportunity to enrich the lives of older people in their community through empathy, fun and humour. Children develop skills interacting with others, which will surely support future employment and a happy community. They show a greater understanding of how it feels to grow old, including of diseases such as dementia.

Equally, there is a reduction in the loneliness and isolation among the older people in the village. Discussion about how to care for each other will hopefully be filtering through families, friends and the community.

I hope this short piece inspires you to find out more about the projects in your community. If you’re a school with your own community projects, I’d love to hear more!

And a very big thank you to the children and staff at Ipplepen Primary School, and to the organisers of the community lunches, for allowing me to find out more about the important work you do. You should feel very proud of all you achieve, and I am sure many others will be inspired by your journey.

Thank you to Clare for this insightful guest post and to Lauren and Little Tiger for inviting me to join in with the blog tour. ‘The TIde,’ is available to buy online now or from any good bookshop.

Starfell – Q & A Dominque Valente

Today I am delighted to welcome Dominique Valente to the blog with a special Q & A about getting published as part of the ‘Starfell,’ blog tour. Willow Moss is the youngest and least powerful witch in her family, the power to find lost socks, missing teeth and misplaced glasses is not very exciting. Not only that, Willow failed to inherit her mother’s striking looks – unlike her sisters –  feeling like a general disappointment to her family, she’s constantly left behind.  But this seemingly dull power to find things that are lost becomes crucial when Tuesday disappears and Willow is sought out by the most powerful and intimidating witch in the whole of Starfell. Can Willow find the lost day and save Starfell from impending catastrophe? Dominque has conjured up the most glorious of places in Starfell, through the most exquisite and intricate world-building. Starfell,’ is magical storytelling at it’s very best with dreamy and beautiful illustrations by Sarah Warburton. An enchanting start to this wonderful series.

Getting published – Q&A with Dominique Valente

When did you start writing the book and how long did it take from starting to write to publication day?

The character of Willow Moss appeared, around eight years ago. She popped into my head while I was driving home from work and I started writing it the next day.

It took a further four years to really get to grips with the plot and what losing a day would mean. It got over twenty agent rejections. But I kept trying, and kept redrafting. Finally, in 2017, on the third I got two offers of representation and I chose my agent, Helen Boyle of Pickled Ink (who is the absolute best). Then after seven years of hearing no, seven publishers offered to publish it at the same time – one for each year, maybe? I am not the kind of person who cries when I’m happy … but I did then.

How far in to the process of writing did you start sharing your work with others?

In a bevy of excitement, I shared my first chapter with my best-friend, who was incredibly kind and supportive, and had a field day fixing all my appalling grammar… One of these corrections was a query about a misplaced comma, in which it appeared that Willow amongst finding misplaced wallets and wooden teeth, had also found last Tuesday. Was this what I intended, she asked? Of course not, I answered. A missing day? How absurd … only to sit up (three years later…) while on holiday in France, realising that actually THAT could be the ENTIRE plot for book one! It was kind of a Eureka moment while I was trying to have a nap and my brain had other ideas.

I’d say though – that you have to pick who you share your work with. I once shared a story with a friend who said it was too much like Terry Pratchett and I ended up abandoning the story, which now I think was a mistake. So be careful who you share it with.

What is the hardest bit about getting a book to publication?

For me, it’s all the waiting involved. The limbo-land that you exist in for months at a time. There’s the waiting to see if an agent will take you on. The knife edge feel of rejection when you’ve waited and waited and then you still hear no. Then when you do get an agent and then a deal, it all happens rather painfully slowly, then rather all too fast and all at once.

What is the best bit of getting a book published?

There are so many amazing bits – it’s like a roller coaster at times. There’s the day you see your cover, and for me when I got to see the first illustrations! The most surreal moment though was seeing the story as an actual book for the first time.

Any top tips for writers on how you get your book finished?

Change the goal from a perfect book to a finished book. There comes a time when we all shut up the voice/s that said we aren’t yet ready/ need more life experience/ schooling – add an excuse of your own, and sat down and just saw what happened. It’s a tip that alas is just as important on the first book as it is on the seventh. There’s no big secret, apart from just going for it. I wish there was as trust me, I’ve looked for them all. Then set yourself a deadline – a year is good, perhaps before your next birthday.

Did you get any advice from anyone/anywhere while writing?

I love reading about other people’s writing processes and journeys to publication. Starting out I used to scour the internet for them. I came across Anthony Trollope’s advice about writing first thing in the morning a few years ago, and that has been one of the best things I’ve ever done – I write before my brain has a chance to fully wake up and fear can get in the way. Also, Jodi Picoult’s advice – that you can’t edit a blank page is just so true. I also love the late Terry Pratchett’s advice about writing the first draft for yourself.

Anything else you would like to share on the process?

Along with my children’s book, I have written seven books for grown-ups published under my pen name, Lily Graham, and what I’ve learnt is that we all have different processes. It’s about doing what works best for you. I tend to live with my book, and not do much else until it’s done. It’s a few intense weeks of living, breathing and sleeping with it. I’m very much an all or nothing sort of writer, I’ve tried to be someone with a regimen and a daily word count but it doesn’t completely work for me. The story gets stale, I Iose my nerve and my enthusiasm … I think the important thing is to find the love, and the process that makes the most sense to you. With Starfell I had to learn to let the story brew, and that was different to how I write my women’s fiction. So sometimes the story dictates too, it’s what keeps writing interesting, for me at least.

 

Blog Tour

Why not join in with the rest of the blog tour for more reviews and guest posts.

Thank you to Dominque for this really insightful Q & A and to Laura and Harper Collins for inviting me to join in with the blog tour. ‘Starfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day,’ is available to buy now online or from any good bookshop.