• Guest Post

    Captive Blog Tour: On writing – ‘The editing process’

    A.J. Grainger, the author of Captive, on her editing process… I am fascinated by how people write, and I love seeing a book change between first and final drafts. I’m hoping you’re interested in this too as that is what this blog piece is about. I am going to show you how one passage of my debut novel, Captive, developed from initial idea to final draft. So … here goes: Initial idea  I had been thinking about writing a kidnap story for a while, but I kept coming up against the same issue − the hostage had to be important enough to be kept alive. One day I was lucky…

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    The Curious Phenomenon of Infrasound – Guest post by Paul Southern.

    Today I have the wonderful Paul Southern on the blog taking about Infrasound, one of the major themes of his new book Killing Sound.   Killing Sound is a book that explores the grey area between science and superstition. It has been described (accurately, I think) as a cross between Inception and The Exorcist. It is a book with big ideas, both mythological and scientific, that deals with magic, séances, spirits and the supernatural and what really lies behind them.   Like a lot of people, I have been fascinated with the supernatural since I was a child, and have often wondered what people meant when they said they saw ghosts. Were…

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    Q&A with Kim Hood – author of Finding A Voice

    Today I am joined by the author Kim Hood to talk about her debut book Finding a Voice, which I absolutely adored and came out via O’Brien Press on August 11th. You can read my review of it here. Your book, Finding A Voice, focuses on mental illness, coping with the pressures of life and the idea that people don’t always come across as being the way you expect them to be, how did the story come about and was there any major inspiration for the book? I truly am not sure how the story came about.  I suppose like any story, it came from my experiences in life weaving in…

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    Guest post: My Epic Train Journey by Kenneth Oppel author of The Boundless

    I love trains, and am always up for an epic journey, so here are five people that I would definitely want with me on the voyage. William Cornelius Van Horne The General Manager of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), Van Horne’s job was to make sure the railway got built, pushing it west to meet up with the tracks being built into the mountains from Vancouver. Van Horne’s energy and drive were legendary. He joined survey teams and hefted a sixty pound pack through the wilds of the Rockies. No detail of the railway was too small for him to overlook. He had many and varied interests and hobbies, a restlessly…

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    Harry Potter new cover editions blog tour: Goblet of Fire

            The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter – but that doesn’t stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe’en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, Dragons and Dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through – ALIVE! Jonny Duddle’s facts about the cover design Jonny Duddle, jacket illustrator for the new Harry Potter children’s editions…

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    Head Over Heart Blog Tour: The Great Equaliser by Colette Victor

    Today on the blog I have Colette Victor, As part of the blog tour or her new novel Head Over Heart she is writing about her experiences and how they shaped her and her novel.  Working in a poor community I’ve been working as a community worker in an underprivileged ex-mining community in Belgium for ten years. We have a lot of migrants living here (I’m a migrant myself, I come from South Africa.) First, second, third, even fourth generation migrants who came here well over fifty years ago to work in the coal mines. Polish people, Greeks, Italians, Turkish people and Moroccans. At the same time, there are also…

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    Louder Than Words Blog Tour: What Influences Me by Laura Jarratt

    Today Laura Jarratt has stopped by the blog to talk about her influences, both for writing in general and for her latest book Louder Than Words. As a baby writer I was very influenced by Kevin Brooks. I remember reading Candy and being blown away that YA fiction could be so hard-hitting. What I love about Kevin’s writing is the rhythm he finds in the words and how that is so important in his writing style. I learned so much about how to write from reading his books, and the most important point was about distinctive voice. You hear the elusive ‘voice’ talked about a lot in writing circles but it’s…

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    I Predict a Riot Blog Tour: Movies and Mayhem by Catherine Bruton

    Today I have the amazingly awesome Catherine Bruton, author of We Can Be Heroes, POP! and I Predict a Riot, talking about movies and their influence on her books, including I Predict a Riot which came out earlier this month, published by Electric Monkey! I will hand over to Catherine now and maybe you will find something you want to give a watch, or will want to read the book even more  *** When I was a kid, we weren’t allowed to watch much TV. In fact, only Blue Peter, Newsround and Playschool were allowed in our house. No Dr Who, no Grange Hill, no Charlie’s Angels, no Cagney and Lacey (…

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    Smart blog tour: Kim Slater’s Writing Tips

    Today I am kicking off Kim Slater’s Blog tour for her new book Smart! Kim is sharing her writing tips for aspiring authors out there. Kim’s book Smart is a fantastic story following Kieran on his mission to find out what happened the the homeless guy he finds dead in the river. To read my review of Smart please click here. Smart publishes on Thursday from Mcmillan Children’s Books.  *** After three years of a full-time English & Creative Writing degree and two years studying on an MA in Creative Writing, I felt well-equipped to embark on my quest to become a published writer. My degrees gave me a solid…

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    Weirdos vs Bumskulls guest post: Character Playlists by Author Natasha Desborough

    Today I have author Natasha Desborough on the blog talking about the playlists she has created for her characters, in preparation for us to read new book, and second in the Weidos series, Weirdos Vs Bumskulls! Be sure to click on the headings of each playlist to go over to Spotify and check them out for yourself!  The book itself came out on May 8th, published by Catnip Publishing, and follows on from Weirdos Vs Quimboids.  *** When I was teenager, I’d make playlists (or compilation tapes as we called them back then) for just about everything: for car journeys, getting ready to go out with friends, shopping trips, TV programmes and to…