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    Blog Tour: There Is No Big Bad Wolf In This Story – Lou Carter

    There Is No Big Bad Wolf In This Story arrived last week and Spike read it all by herself, proclaiming its brilliance. This was cemented by the fact she wanted me to read it again that night for bedtime. It is a brilliant story and I’m very glad to have Lou Carter on the blog today answering a few questions about writing for kids. What is your favourite part of writing for children?  For me, the very best part of being a children’s author is when the artwork arrives in my inbox. I’ve been extremely privileged to work with amazing illustrators, Deborah Allwright (Pictured Left), Nikki Dyson, who use my…

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    Space Detectives author Mark Powers on his Favourite Literary Detectives – Space Detectives blog tour

    There’s something very satisfying about a good detective story, isn’t there? Especially when the ending is revealed and you pretend you noticed all the clues and worked it out yourself. Tales of detectives and their investigations reassure us that no matter how intractable our problems may appear, with the application of a little brainpower (what Agatha Christie’s Poirot refers to as his “little grey cells”) wrongs can be righted, the lost found and order eventually restored to a chaotic universe.  But while we enjoy the twists and turns of the investigation, what brings us back to the detective story time and again is the personality of the sleuths themselves. They’re…

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    F.O.X.E.S by M.A. Bennett Blog Tour

    Today on the blog I have a guest post by M.A. Bennett, author of new book F.O.X.E.S! Answering this awesome question: What you enjoy most about writing a book set in a boarding school I’ve always loved boarding school books. As a kid I read Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers obsessively, then graduated to the more mature Kingscote series by Antonia Forest, possibly the best boarding school books out there. I think I secretly wanted to go to one, because I was at a comprehensive school in rural Yorkshire. My school was very good, but boarding school just seemed so fun and glamorous, and it was easy to dream about escaping…

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    Louisa Adair takes to the sky – The Enigma Game Blog Tour

    Guest Post from Elizabeth Wein Louisa Adair, the young code-cracking heroine of The Enigma Game who narrates half my new novel, is the daughter of a Jamaican father and an English mother. She grows up in Jamaica but moves to London at the age of twelve. Readers familiar with my writing will recognize a theme here – every single one of my books features what’s known these days as ‘TCKs’ – Third Culture Kids. In the simplest of terms, they’re children with parents of different nationalities (check out this article).  It gets more complicated when a TCK tries to define his or her national identity. My children are dual citizens…

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    Finding the right genre for your child to make them a book lover for life

    Memories of reading a book when we were a child, that just gripped us and we couldn’t put down, can stay with us for a life time. These experiences can be where a real love for reading begins. So, when it comes to encouraging our children to read, it makes sense to find books that do the same. One way of doing this is finding a book genre that fits with their personality and matches their interests. Rossall School has put together some ideas for how to find a good genre for your child, open them up to the world of books and get them, and keep them, reading. Matching book…

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    Inspirational places to write… that aren’t coffee shops

    Some writers need a quiet, distraction-free space to do their best work. Others thrive in busy and bustling environments with plenty of stimulation for new ideas. Whatever you prefer, where you write has a significant impact on what you write. The sad truth about many modern writers is that they’re not off in far flung places indulging their artistic curiosities and exposing themselves to new environments. Instead, they’re stuck at home in the same office that they always write in, staring at a computer screen and tapping on a keyboard where half of the keys have rubbed off. If not that, then they’re at the coffee shop, glugging down ice…

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    Death By Vegetable: Guest Post by Veronica Cossanteli

    Two things about Venus Fly Traps: they like meatballs – and they can do maths. By meatballs, I mean minuscule blobs of mushed bloodworm served, cocktail-style, on the end of a toothpick. By maths, I mean they can count. Fly Traps are triggered by hairs on the inside of their jaws. One brush against those hairs: nothing happens. Two brushes: pow! They snap, but they’re not yet sealed shut. Before beginning the long process of dinner (5 – 12 days), the plant wants evidence that its prey is worth the effort: it wants to feel it struggle. Five tweaks of the guard hairs are needed before the Fly Trap is…

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    Scary stories and dramatic irony: Blog tour by Flesh and Blood author Simon Cheshire

    When you’re writing something scary, a very useful trick-of-the-plot is what’s called dramatic irony. Actually, lots of different types of plot can use this, you often find it in comedies as well as horror stories! Dramatic irony is any situation in which we, the readers or the audience, know something that the characters in the story don’t. An example in a comedy plot might be: Fred comes home, not realising that the dripping tap in the kitchen has now become a gushing fountain which is starting to fill the room with water. We know it’s gushing, he doesn’t. He potters about, doing this and that, going nowhere near the kitchen.…

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    Flesh and Blood blog tour: Scenes from the life of a horror fan

    Today I have Simon Cheshire, author of Red Eye’s latest YA Horror Flesh and Blood on the site talking about the scenes from his life that allowed him to become the horror writer he has. Read on to find out more… Who was it said “the child is father to the man”? Wordsworth, was it? One of those poets with billowing shirts, trudging over moorland, anyway. It’s certainly true that formative influences leave their mark. SCENE ONE: my school friend’s hideout, 1971 Two of my friends from school and I went through a phase of listening to the same vinyl record almost every Saturday afternoon. We’d huddle under a huge…

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    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…