Last day at The Abbey School

Last day at The Abbey School

For the past two years I’ve been Patron of Reading at The Abbey School in Reading (the place, not the activity. I know …) It’s a brilliant scheme, bringing authors and schools together – and if you don’t have a Patron of Reading at your school yet, ask for one! The authors and school librarians decide how they want it to work. I did various things with the girls from the Abbey and their great librarian, Mrs Lees (standing behind

How to make a book

How to make a book

Every month, you’ll find me on Girls Heart Books, talking about writing. Yesterday, I wrote about the making of a book, from first idea to finished copy. You can read all about it here. Love Song has arrived at last – 20 author copies in a box from my publishers, and more on the shelves at Waterstones. I have even eaten Love Song themed cake. So it feels real. So exciting after so long. If you read it, let me

‘A girl needs to rescue herself’

In honour of International Women’s Day today, I was thrilled to be asked by The Bookseller to write about strong female role models in YA fiction. So I did. And I added some non-fiction too. Which they were fine with. (And fiction included manga, so yay.) Guess which of these 3 strong female role models didn’t make my list: Eleanor from Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park Felicia Day, who wrote You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) Bella from Twilight

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