A Storm of Strawberries

By Kathryn Evans If you don’t know me very well, you may not know that as well as being a writer, I also run a soft fruit farm with my husband. Last year, the world of words and the world of fruit collided in the most serendipitous way. I was asked to do  an event…

Shock News of the Thirteenth Doctor Who.

I’ve been a die hard Doctor Who fan since I was tiny and I’ve been stunned by the announcement of the thirteenth Doctor. In fact, it’s taken me a while to get my head around it. When I was a little girl, Doctor Who was one of my favourite shows on TV. I didn’t have…

The SCBWI Crystal Kite Award 2017

By Kathryn Evans Sometimes, when you start on a journey, there are certain dreams that seem ridiculously  beyond your reach but you dream them anyway because they just  keep you going.  And sometimes, ridiculously, no matter how far beyond your reach they seem,  those dreams can come true.   The Society of Children’s Book writers and Illustrators…

The 2016 best — Bookwitch

I can not believe Book Witch has included me on her 2016 Best Books Pile. I need to have a lie down so I shall do that and share her blog instead of writing my own. THANK YOU BOOK WITCH!!!! Yes, there were good books, even in a year like 2016. Let’s not lose [all]…

Identity – Why Growing Up is So Hard.

  Nicola Morgan Helps Understand. Questions of identity are at the heart of my book More of Me.  Teva,  my main character,  really struggles with growing up and, though her circumstances are unique, she’s absolutely not alone in the way she feels. Growing up is hard.  Since the book came out, I’ve been  touched by the number…

Book Blogs and Book Bloggers

This week I had the honour of being part of The Notes from The Slushpile team, along with Teri Terry,  who attended a Book Trust Bloggers Brunch. The idea was to learn more about what The Book Trust do . I knew they were involved in the Laureate scheme and I knew about Book Start, giving books…

How Facebook Brings You Readers.

  Want to know my  action plan on how to be media savvy? How to strategise promotions on social media? Well, sorry, but you’re in the wrong place. Having people try and sell me stuff makes me want to scream. This is more a  reminder  to be a human. Most humans are great. Let me introduce you to…

Mothers’ Day

Yes, for once, that apostrophe is in the right place. I think. At a school visit last week, I was joking about my mother’s opinion on my hair colour and how, since I’ve been published, she’s been able to modify her opinion.  It’s now completely acceptable for me to have pink hair because I am  an “eccentric author.”…

Ace Club, lower your lashes: RIP Louise Rennison

Today I am wearing my boy entrancers at half mast. I debated shaving my eyebrows off but I have school visits to do and I don’t want to frighten the children. Something had to be done though, for yesterday, the lightiest of lights went out.

Where Do Writers Get Their Ideas From?

Writers are asked this ALL the time. And the truth is, ideas come from everywhere, you just have to be receptive to them. Listen to conversations for the hidden under tones, read newspaper articles with a writer’s eye – ask: “What if?” at every possible situation. I find trying to force ideas quite hard but…