Writing

Writing News: I am a mini Egg!

Exciting news: I have been offered a place on the Golden Egg Academy's fantastic 'Writing for Children and Young Adults' course! This means I am officially a mini Egg (you are only a full Egg once youā€™ve graduated) šŸ˜Š For the next 12 months I will be crafting my childrenā€™s novel under the watchful eye… Continue reading Writing News: I am a mini Egg!

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Why I stopped writing for 12 months

I was listening to one of Michael Neill's podcasts a few weeks ago - The Hercule Poriot Guide To Transformative CoachingĀ - and he said something which I've been pondering ever since. He said that one day he was watching a colleague, George Pransky, coach a man who had writer's block. The writer said, "I just… Continue reading Why I stopped writing for 12 months

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And the winner is…

Last Wednesday I was invited to lunch at the Savile Club in Mayfair for the announcement of the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2017. You can imagine how I was feeling. For starters, the Savile Club is not the kind of establishment I usually frequent. It was founded in 1868 by a group of distinguished… Continue reading And the winner is…

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I’ve made it to the shortlist!

When I started writingĀ Minnie and BogleĀ at the end of September last year, I had no idea that in 7 months' time I would be saying the words, "I've made it to the shortlist!" Back then, I thought it would be a miracle if I managed to finish the novel and enter the competition, let alone… Continue reading I’ve made it to the shortlist!

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My novel has been longlisted!

I have some unbelievable news: my novel has been longlisted for the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition!! (Can you believe it?! Nope, me neither.) Here's what happened... I was at home last Tuesday, when the phone rang. 'Another blooming sales call,' I thought to myself. I sniffed dismissively and ignored the message the caller left,… Continue reading My novel has been longlisted!

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I did it. I finally wrote my first novel!

This is the story of how I wrote my first novel... Last summer I spotted a Facebook post announcing The Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2016. The prize was a Ā£10,000 publishing deal. "Nice," I said to myself, "but I don't think I'm ready." Three months later, I saw the same post and I thought… Continue reading I did it. I finally wrote my first novel!

Writing

The rejection letter that made me happy

In my last postĀ I said I was waiting to hear back from a literary agent about my fifth picture book. Well, I can now reveal... that they sent me a standard rejection letter three weeks ago! [Loud raspberry noise.] Whenever I receive a rejection letter (I've had a few), my heart normally sinks for a… Continue reading The rejection letter that made me happy