Tag Archives | middle grade

#UKMGchat

This evening I’ll be participating in the weekly twitter discussion, under hash-tag #UKMGchat.  It’s organised by the awesome Miriam & Lorraine for the benefit of all book-loving twitter folks around the world. I usually miss out because the 8 pm (British time) start time coincides with putting my kids to bed, and I have to […]

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Straight Outta Croxton

I’m fascinated by the intersection of character & setting. It’s the nature vs. nurture phenomenon of shaping compelling characters, begging the question does the setting shape the character or does the character exist independently of the place? Think of some of your favourite characters from books or films, they are inextricably linked to their place… Luke Skywalker […]

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Neurotic is the New Black

“Don’t judge a book by its cover.” That’s what we’re told. And yet, what do people actually do? Of course they do. We’re visual thinkers and take cues from book jackets to guide our decision making. Books are actually a lot like fashion (or a fashion accessory); readers have to want to be seen reading […]

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Cover Reveal

With just over two months until OCD-suffering Adam Meltzer rises from the grave to appear on bookshelves, I’m delighted to reveal the cover for my new book MEMOIRS OF A NEUROTIC ZOMBIE. This book has been a true labour of love and I’m so excited that the Faber team has embraced it and given it […]

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Oh Canada

Last night I was invited by the Canadian High Commission, along with two wonderful Canadian writers, to share perspective and inspiration on writing for young people. I’ve noticed that in the UK people don’t tend to think of Canadians in literature. Sure, we’ve got Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro, but beyond the big prize winners […]

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Memoirs of Middle School

Today my new book debuts to the world….well, to the publishing world at least.  The real world still has to wait until the 7th of August. Right now, in Bologna, Italy, the children’s publishing world is meeting up for the annual Bologna Children’s Book Fair. And my  publisher, Faber,  is showcasing their new and upcoming titles…including my […]

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