Self-Doubt, Han Solo, and Writing for Younger Readers

Thursday, 24 May 2018

For me, being a published author is a constant internal battle. Everything is drowning in self-doubt, and it’s impossible not to cast sideways glances at other authors and wonder: Do their books sell more than mine? Are they invited to more festivals? Do they get better reviews? Are their school events better than mine? Does my publisher like them...

What to Write . . .

Thursday, 7 December 2017

So, what story should I write next? There are always so many stories spinning about in my head. I have notebooks filled with scribbles. I have electronic documents filled with ideas, and half-written books, but it’s so hard to know which one to write.

When I visit schools and students ask me if I have any writing tips, I tell them to...

Below Zero Author Copy

Thursday, 23 November 2017

On Saturday my author copy of Below Zero arrived in the post . . . Wow! It looks fantastic. Chicken House has, as always, done an amazing job with the overall design of the book. The cover looks fab, and all the extra detail inside really makes the book shine.

One of the exciting things about receiving the first copy of a Chicken House...

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