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…

What’s it like? After Your book Launch.

It’s been three weeks since More of Me was launched and I am well aware my attention to this blog has been SCANT.  I am ashamed but I also have no idea where to start in sharing what it’s been like. It’s been crazy. So I’m taking a little writerly advice and am “showing not telling”  everything…

The Hatching of a Rare New Book – Ellen Renner

Originally posted on GirlsHeartBooks:
To be read-inside-your-head in a hushed, David Attenborough-ish voice: We’re here tonight to observe the birth of an extraordinary and rare creature: the truly original book. (Pauses for emphasis.) We have been stalking this creature’s mother for years, knowing she was heavily pregnant with story. But the gestation period experienced by…

Goodreads Giveaway of More of Me!

Usborne are giving away 10 copies of More of Me over on Goodreads – just sign up and you know, you could win something that’s probs.  going to make you cry…maybe.., Goodreads Giveaway In the meantime, you may have my last remaining Christmas Choccie. Oh , sorry, no you can’t, I ate it. Really, I am so…