Break Into Writing: SW.r1tes

As part of the SW.r1tes festival I was at Pimlico Library last night, talking about my experiences on the long and winding road to getting published. I tackled the usual topics: the pros/cons of writer’s groups (one memorable piece of advice I received was: “if it’s for kids it should have a dragon in it”),…

The Chocolate Book Challenge

On this week’s blog chain we’re comparing our favourite books to our (or, at least, my) favourite foodstuff.  This is an analogy that can only be stretched so far (I like my chocolate scary, with supernatural elements and er hazelnuts), but here goes:   Dark Chocolate Good for you but occasionally bitter and not always…

Book Week

And there was me thinking what a cushy doss of a job being a writer was. It started gently enough on Wednesday with a visit to my sister’s school in Hackney.  I’ve visited these kids before and they’re brilliant: lively, enthusiastic and bursting with questions.  This time I was talking to year 5 and 6…

Blood List Trailer

Blood List Trailer Here’s a trailer I made for The Blood List.  Just me and iMovie, a baby, some scissors and a raven.  In a graveyard.

The Costa Party!

    Last night I was lucky enough to attend the Costa Book Awards party with my lovely agent, Eve White.  For those of you who dream of being a writer I’d like to say KEEP TRYING, because it really is an awful lot of fun.  It was a great party in many ways (free…