Ways of being scary – and scared

And so… I have the Hallowe’en blog! I originally thought I’d write something about what it’s like writing publisher led books but instead, given the date, I decided to write about how fear, and the scary in general, gets into my writing. I’ve always loved horror. I’m fascinated by it, even when it keeps me…

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Big news! GHB is doing a BOOK!!

Are you sitting down? No, I mean really. Because honestly, what I’m about to tell you may make you go ‘WHAT??!‘ and ‘OMG!!‘ and ‘YAYYYYYY!!!‘ in equal measure. Are you ready? SO. Here it is. Girls Heart Books is about to go PUBLISHING! OH YEAH. We’ve been working on a book. A real, proper book –…

NaNoWriMo – and a promise

November is the month for growing moustaches and writing novels. This year I thought I’d give one of them a try. After stroking my chin for a bit I realised that it was going to have to be NaNo. NaNoWriMo is an annual event which started years ago in the US, and it’s a sort…

Fighting conjunctivitis with cucumbers

Yes, you heard right. Cucumbers. And conjunctivitis. Except not the painful red-eyed kind. You see, my daughter’s six and recently she brought home the new curriculum notes for English. Top of the list for Year 2: conjunctions. Con-what? I’m ashamed to admit, I had to remind myself of this one before I could help said…

Looking for a hero…

I’m going to give you the recipe for success as a writer of children’s books. Here it is – in picture form: Have you worked it out?  The answer follows a little further on… One of the first decisions for me is usually who my main characters are going to be rather than how the plot…

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When is a school a book festival?

Imagine this. Someone at your school, or your daughter’s school, decides to hold a festival. A festival of children’s books. Oh, the Hay Festival is wonderful, and so are Edinburgh and Cheltenham … but wouldn’t it be even better if, instead of travelling to see great writers, you could get them to come to you?…