Me on the left, my sister Susan on the right

Memories

I was listening to a radio programme this week about ‘digital hoarders’ and how people have so much digital information about their lives, selfies and photographs and Facebook and Instagram status updates. Often the memories of our childhoods have been reinforced by the photographs we have seen repeatedly in family albums – imprinting the past…

A New Name? by Catherine Johnson

This post has been inspired by  Keren David’s blog  about alternative names for her most recent novels, This is Not A Love Story and Salvage //kerendavid.com/ten-alternative-titles-for-tinals-and-salvage/ And as I am terrible at titles I thought I would have a go. Here’s Caraboo: 1 Girl With Wings 2 Rotten Inside 3 Ladies Love Me 4 A Deal of…

So…what do you write? Lynn Huggins-Cooper

I get asked this question. A lot. All of the time. I find it quite hard to answer; I ‘um’ and ‘er’ quite a bit, because I write all sorts! I started as a young teacher, answering an ad in the Times Educational Supplement from a company who wanted teachers to write lesson plans for…

Do you like to win books?

Yes? I like to win books too. A few years back, I won a copy of ‘On Chesil Beach’ by Ian McEwan at a Kids Lit competition – a really nice little hardback. When I see it on my shelf I have a whole bundle of nice thoughts – ‘that was an interesting book’, ‘I…

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The Perfect Name

I’m writing the third book in my new Songbird Café Girls series at the moment and I’ve been thinking a lot about names. Where do my characters’ names come from? The answer is – all over the place: Phone books School visits – I ask the girls and boys to write their name in my…