… author of Escape From Furnace, The Fury, The Inventors, and the brand new Devil's Engine series

Back On Tour

After more than a month off I’m now back on the touring circuit! Well, it’s not so much a touring circuit as a couple of shows this month, but saying touring circuit makes it sound like I’m a rock star! I guess children’s literature is the new rock and roll! Or should that be rock ‘n roll?

Anyway, I’m blethering already. It’s the heat. The weather this last week has been so gorgeous, a longer and more intense period of sunshine than I remember having all of last year! I’ve spent most of my time this week sitting in the garden reading books, which had been lovely, but not very productive I must confess. For a start it makes it difficult for me to focus on anything, my mind just goes a-wandering. Oh look, is that a squirrel over there…? Now where was I? Oh yes, hard to focus. Especially on the new book… Although if anyone from Faber is reading then it’s coming along fine 🙂 Actually it is coming on fine to be honest, but it’s very grisly! I’m still aiming to finish it by the first couple of weeks of June.

In the meantime, though, I’m back on the touring circuit! Yesterday I was down in the lovely Brighton, which was absolutely baking! The Festival was in full swing and the streets were packed with musicians and performers and poets and crowds of sun-loving families enjoying the show. I arrived a bit early and went and sat on the beach for an hour. As usual with events I was feeling really nervous, but the sea really helped calm me down. It was so beautiful! The only thing that spoilt it was the evil pigion that came and sat down next to me. I love Brighton, but I swear it is home to the most evil pigions in the world!

I’m blethering again! After sitting on the beach for a while I went to meet my publicist Helena at the venue. I say ‘my publicist’ because it makes me sound important. She’s really Faber’s PR guru, but I’m going to refer to her as my publicist until she tells me to stop! The event was at the Jubilee Library, which was a lovely space. And the staff were all delightful, really sweet and welcoming. Thanks for making me feel at home! The event was sold out, with about 60 people there despite the temptation of the sun outside. They were a wonderful crowd, full of suggestions for crazy inventions and superpowers. And they laughed at my jokes, which is always great! Thanks to everyone who came, you made it a fantastic day!

Afterwards Helena and I went for a cool drink, then I went and sat on the beach for a little while until I was even more sunburnt than when I arrived, then got back on the train for the long slog home. It was a nice journey though and I spent most of it reading a book. Ah, it’s a hard life! Next up is the Hay festival, which I am really, really looking forward to! It’s two weeks yesterday if anyone wants to come along!

Before that, though, I’ve got to try and get at least three quarters of the way through Furnace 2. And, more exciting still, The Inventors and the City of Stolen Souls should come back from the printers next Tuesday!!! I think I might take a trip down to London to get some copies, I’m so excited to see it!

Busy!

Well, it’s been another busy fortnight! Highlights include:
Science Week! Doing a workshop at the Norwich Forum for Science Week. It turned out to be quite a small event because of a horrid virus that’s been going round the schools. But I had a great time with the few that turned up. We talked about all kinds of inventions and scientific superpowers, and when it came to the ‘Invent Your Way Out Of Trouble’ section they came up with loads of awesome gadgets and gizmos and potions. Paris, one of Lucy’s best friends, was there too which was cool. She was one of the first fans of The Inventors!

Adventures According to Faber! Last Wednesday I was asked to do a little talk at the Youth Librarians’ AGM, which was being hosted by Faber. I was one of four authors who was asked to talk a little bit about their books. Also there was Alex Milway, who has written the fantastic Mousehunter book which I have just started reading. We’ve met a few times and he’s such a nice guy. We both got signed up by Faber at roughly the same time, so we’ve gone through the process together. It’s great to have someone else to talk about the highs and, well, other highs of being a published writer! There was Steve Voake, author of the brilliant Dreamwalker’s Child, Web of Fire and The Starlight Conspiracy, another really nice guy who’s been nothing but supportive and friendly the few times I have met him! And Rachel Wright joined us. She has written a book called You’ve Got Blackmail, which sounds great! She was lovely too, and almost as nervous as I was!

It is always terrifying talking in front of a crowd, but all the librarians there were so lovely and laughed at all the right points in my talk, which is the most important thing! Afterwards we all mingled, and it was fab to talk to them all about libraries and children’s books and other things. I even wore the cool librarians tattoos that Lynsey got me for my birthday, which went down very well. And, as always, it was great to talk to everyone at Faber. A brilliant night all round!

The New Book! Okay, I know I’m supposed to be writing Furnace 2, and I am (it’s coming along very nicely and is much scarier than the first), but I’ve started writing something new for younger readers and I’m really getting into it. I’ll put up some information, and maybe the first chapter, up on the website in the next couple of weeks, but I’ll hopefully have finished it by the end of the month! I’m trying to write four books this year so not off to a bad start!

That will do for now, more to report but I’ll do it tomorrow! The only downside is that my heating is still broken, and with the snow outside it is absolutely freeeeeeeeeeezing!!! You can see your breath in my house. I really should get it fixed, but like I said things are busy busy busy!

Busy Busy Busy!

Well, it’s been another busy fortnight! Highlights include:

Science Week! Doing a workshop at the Norwich Forum for Science Week. It turned out to be quite a small event because of a horrid virus that’s been going round the schools. But I had a great time with the few that turned up. We talked about all kinds of inventions and scientific superpowers, and when it came to the ‘Invent Your Way Out Of Trouble’ section they came up with loads of awesome gadgets and gizmos and potions. Paris, one of Lucy’s best friends, was there too which was cool. She was one of the first fans of The Inventors!


Adventures According to Faber! Last Wednesday I was asked to do a little talk at the Youth Librarians’ AGM, which was being hosted by Faber. I was one of four authors who was asked to talk a little bit about their books. Also there was Alex Milway, who has
written the fantastic Mousehunter book which I have just started reading. We’ve met a few times and he’s such a nice guy. We both got signed up by Faber at roughly the same time, so we’ve gone through the process together. It’s great to have someone else to talk about the highs and, well, other highs of being a published writer! There was Steve Voake, author of the brilliant Dreamwalker’s Child, Web of Fire and The Starlight Conspiracy, another really nice guy who’s been nothing but supportive and friendly the few times I have met him! And Rachel Wright joined us. She has written a book called You’ve Got Blackmail, which sounds great! She was lovely too, and almost as nervous as I was!

It is always terrifying talking in front of a crowd, but all the librarians there were so lovely and laughed at all the right points in my talk, which is the most important thing! Afterwards we all mingled, and it was fab to talk to them all about libraries and children’s books and other things. I even wore the cool librarians tattoos that Lynsey got me for my birthday, which went down very well. And, as always, it was great to talk to everyone at Faber. A brilliant night all round!

The New Book! Okay, I know I’m supposed to be writing Furnace 2, and I am (it’s coming along very nicely and is much scarier than the first), but I’ve started writing something new for younger readers and I’m really getting into it. I’ll put up some information, and maybe the first chapter, up on the website in the next couple of weeks, but I’ll hopefully have finished it by the end of the month! I’m trying to write four books this year so not off to a bad start!

That will do for now, more to report but I’ll do it tomorrow! The only downside is that my heating is still broken, and with the snow outside it is absolutely freeeeeeeeeeezing!!! You can see your breath in my house. I really should get it fixed, but like I said things are busy busy busy!


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