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Does this YA novel really deserve an award?

Today I’m going to do something I very rarely do, and that’s write something negative about a book. I never post a review less than 4 stars, as most authors work hard to get a book out, are struggling to make a living from writing, and can do without negative comments from other writers. Usually…… Continue reading Does this YA novel really deserve an award?

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Author Mary Waibel on using Tweetdeck to manage Twitter

Twitter is a great asset to authors – a place to find out and share information, as well as to tell the world about our books. The trouble is, it does take quite some dedication to make the most of it. And we can’t be on Twitter all the time, because when are we actually…… Continue reading Author Mary Waibel on using Tweetdeck to manage Twitter

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Good to meet you…author Christopher Mannino

My guest today is drama teacher, writer, singer and insatiable book lover Christopher Mannino. Christopher’s love of reading, and his work with young people, inspired him to write YA fantasy – and Christopher’s well qualified to write in this genre, having studied mythology and literature both in the US and at Oxford. How cool is…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Christopher Mannino

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The brilliant YA author K.M. Peyton

K.M. Peyton was one of my favourite authors as a teenager. This year she was made MBE in the New Year’s honours list for services to children’s literature and went up to Buckingham Palace on 4th March with her family to receive the honour. K.M. Peyton’s most famous books are the Flambards series. She claimed…… Continue reading The brilliant YA author K.M. Peyton

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Introducing children’s historical author Penny Estelle, plus giveaway

Some of you may remember children’s author Penny Estelle from when she visited last year.  It’s lovely to welcome Penny again today to discuss her children’s time-slip novels, and Penny has very generously offered to give away a copy of her novel to a lucky commenter. Good to see you again, Penny! * Good morning…… Continue reading Introducing children’s historical author Penny Estelle, plus giveaway

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Real vampire myths (and how to make sure a vampire is really dead)

Author James Crofoot and I once got into a conversation on Facebook all about vampires (like you do).  James is a fund of knowledge, and I was so intrigued by his retelling of the old myths that I asked if he’d like to write some more about them for the readers of my blog. So…… Continue reading Real vampire myths (and how to make sure a vampire is really dead)

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Good to meet you…author Eric Price

It would be brilliant if today’s guest could be with me in reality, and not just in the virtual world.  Author Eric Price recently told me if he ever came to England he’d love to go to a football match.  Well, the football season started four weeks ago, and already there is high football fever…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Eric Price