April 2nd was a great day. The Milkshake Detectives TMD coverwas published. I celebrated by going out for a meal with my family, eating cake and drinking Winter Pimms. I love how TMD looks inside. It’s got film scripts, letters, lists, posters, texts and other types of writing.

I’m speaking at Northampton University later in the month about how I created Us Minus Mum and The Milkshake Detectives. UMM is based on things I had experienced – the plot fell into place very early on and so did the characters. But with TMD I took a series of random events that happened to me and wove them together. I watched some children in Costa while I drank a cup of coffee and inspiration came for the characters. I’m really looking forward to it.

I’m also visiting Manchester to visit six schools and tell them about writing and where I get my ideas from. I love visiting schools so I know I’ll have a great time.

And last Saturday I had an exciting trip to Old Sarum airport near Salisbury. I flew there in a Piper Dakota which has four seats, two in the front (including the pilot) and two in the back. It was windy so we were blown about but the views were brilliant. There’s always something interesting going on at airports and last Saturday there was a parachute charity jump to raise money for research into leukaemia. I expect something of the flight or the charity jump will turn up in a book somewhere.

What writing things are you doing at the moment? I sadly threw the things I wrote when I was younger away and I so wish I hadn’t. Take note when interesting things happen. They’ll give you ideas to write about.

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