Very happy news that Cell 7 has been shortlisted for the inaugural CrimeFest Best YA Crime 2017 Award!! CrimeFest is an international crime festival held in Bristol every year, which is ‘not only one of the biggest crime fiction events in Europe, but also one of the most popular dates in the international crime fiction… Continue reading CrimeFest!
I met Karin Salvalaggio as part of The Prime Writers, and was lucky enough to get to read an early proof of her latest book – Silent Rain! Grace Adams has spent three years trying to move on–mentally, physically, emotionally–from the traumatizing events of her past. But it’s not easy when the world is morbidly… Continue reading Interview with Karin Salvalaggio
Everyone likes a quiz, don’t they? The last one on first lines from novels seemed to go down well, so here’s another. This one is film plots. See if you can work out which film they’re from. I’ve taken out any obvious identifiers. As usual answers are waaaaaaay down at the bottom. Enjoy! A criminal… Continue reading It’s quiz time!
Overwhelmed by the imagination of the students in my First Story writing group this week. After talking about nonsense poems – the Jabberwocky, Spike Milligan and Edward Lear – the students came up with their own. A truly collaborative project, I give you The Nonsense of Trees Trees eat penguins for breakfast Trees fangirl Trees… Continue reading The Nonsense of Trees
For a workshop last week, I was making a list of first lines from well-known books, and I thought it might be fun to put them in a blog as a sort of fun quiz. I’ll share the answers at the very, very bottom of this post, and if you enjoyed this challenge, there are… Continue reading First Lines of Well-Known Books
In Part II of my Advent Book Recommendations, it’s 7 through to 12. I’ve been posting these on twitter (#adventbookrec) but following up on here gives space to talk about them more. Please do share yours, or let me know what you think to my choices. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood ‘More than fifty… Continue reading Advent Book Recommendations Part II
In the run up to Christmas I’ve been posting an Advent Book Recommendation every day, over on Twitter (#adventbookrec), but of course, on Twitter, it’s impossible to say much about them, so I’m putting a couple of posts together on here. This is the first six. Do let me know your thoughts, and what would… Continue reading Advent Book Recommendations – Part One