I can’t believe it’s two months since Journey to Dragon Island came out. I’m only just calming down from the whirlwind. A week of book signings and events, including the premier of my new Dragon Island writing workshop in Southampton Waterstones. And I have to tell you my favourite moment. When I arrived at Waterstones in Southampton I saw a girl sitting cross-legged on the floor by the children’s bookshelves reading Journey to Dragon Island. Never mind mega-events and glowing press reviews, there’s nothing like the sight of a lone reader engrossed in your book.
June brought the long-awaited awards ceremony of the Children’s Book Award and it was lovely to meet the other authors on the shortlist and loads of enthusiastic young readers. I received a brilliant portfolio of children’s work based on The Accidental Pirates. Including this homage to the ballad of Cassie O’Pia.
Then… Authors Assemble! In which I travelled west to east across country from Ebbw Vale to Norwich in the grand company of fellow authors Marianne Levy and Kieran Crowley. Together we visited schools, talked to crowds of kids about books and ate far too much junk food on trains between locations. Meanwhile, a second three-author tour was heading north to south and all six of us met for a splendid final event courtesy of Chicken and Frog Books.
I am hugely grateful to Macmillan for putting together the tour and for all the fantastic independent bookshops which took part. Do support your local independent bookshop, preferably by buying The Accidental Pirates there. Seriously, the little independents do a great job. Go and buy books from them.
And July? July has been spent hunched over my keyboard, finishing the edits on what will be my third book. It’s not a pirate book. It’s called Unwyse Magic and it’s set in the last town in Britain where fairy magic still works. I hope to bring you more news on that soon, but needless to say, I am super excited!
Finally, this website will soon be getting a much-needed update. Check back soon to see the result.