• Book Review,  Reviews

    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…

  • Guest Post

    Guest Post: Top ten influences from Tabitha Sazuma

    Today I have Tabitha Sazuma, author of the very well known and loved Forbidden and new book Hurt, on the blog sharing her top ten influences when it comes to writing. These are fantastic and I can really tell why they would have such an impact on her. For those of you who are not familar with Tabitha please check out my reviews of Forbidden and Hurt, and check out her website. 1. Personal experience: For example; my lifelong battle with depression, an abusive childhood, leaving school at 14, bringing up my little brother… 2. Music.  I have quite an eclectic taste. Classical, especially Mozart and Rachmaninov. Film soundtracks to…