Countdown to Following Ophelia

Countdown to Following Ophelia

The story of Mary Adams and her alter ego, Persephone Lavelle, feels as if it’s coming to life. Launch day is 9th March. Meanwhile, I’m finishing book 2 which will be out in the summer. I have become a history girl. Following Ophelia is my 8th novel for teens. It started life as an idea from my editor, Katie Jennings at Stripes. She was looking for someone to write about the Pre-Raphaelites and their muses. I was struggling to decide

Love Song shortlisted for the RoNAs

Love Song shortlisted for the RoNAs

Love Song’s original title was This Is Not a Love Song (one of my favourite post-punk anthems from Public Image Ltd) because it’s about a girl who doesn’t want her life complicated by messy feelings for a boy. Nina is sensible, level-headed and calm. But that’s why more than one boy – famous boys, in fact – falls for her. And things get messy anyway. So yeah, there is a little bit of love, and a lot of songs. And

Young readers rule!

Young readers rule!

This month marks the beginning of my stint as patron of the TS Foundation Readers Cup. On Tuesday I was lucky enough to watch four teams from South London compete in a thrilling quiz. They all knew their books inside out and the tension was palpable as they leaped to be the first on the buzzer. The winners were John Burns Primary School, who I’ll be visiting later. But every participant contributed to the thrill of the day with their

Books – music – YA Shot – illustrations

Books – music – YA Shot – illustrations

In the month that Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature (not that he seems to have accepted it) I’m glad to be doing lots of things that celebrate music with writing. Tomorrow, I’ll be hosting The Sound of Music panel at YA Shot in Hillington, West London, with fellow writers Chris Russell, Marianne Levy and Eleanor Wood. Come and see us, and hear about our favourite festival mishaps and teenage heartthrobs, as well as why we love

Coming to a festival near you …

Coming to a festival near you …

Autumn is here, school is back, the nights are drawing in … and I’m off to a bunch of festivals in the next few weeks, to talk about music, Love Song and writing. So if you can, come and find me. Saturday 1 October: The Wigtown Book Festival, Scotland, in the Booth. 1 pm. Saturday 8 October: The Bath Literary Festival, talking music, bands and favourite songs with Robert Muchamore. 10.15 am. Thursday and Friday 13-14 October: The Isle of

An interview with The Point

An interview with The Point

Next month I’ll be chairing a music-related panel at a great event for YA books in West London called YA Shot. If you want to come and see lots of authors for teens talking about their books, make sure you get a ticket. As part of the blog tour for the event, I was asked to do a post for the lovely Kaavya, whom I met in Topshop for a little interview. (Was that fun? Why yes, it was.) Kaavya

Festival time!

Festival time!

I’ve been looking at my wardrobe (this is not uncommon) wondering what to wear. Festival time is here. Tomorrow I’ll be onstage at the Wychwood Festival in Cheltenham, and over the next few weeks I’ll be in Derby, Chichester, London for YALC, Scotland for Wigtown, Bath, the Isle of Wight and more, meeting up with other writers, talking about books, and best of all, meeting YOU. Readers. People who love a celebration – especially one that celebrates books. Which brings

What I’m reading … Jarred Dreams

As someone who tried to get published for ten years before my first book was launched, I’m always so excited for new writers. Especially writers I know. So I’m THRILLED and proud that one of my recent  students has just published her first book. She is Camilla Chester, and her book is called Jarred Dreams. It was shortlisted in the National Literacy Trust New Author Prize 2015 in conjunction with Bloomsbury. I’ve just started to read it and can’t wait

Winning Like A Girl

I’m so excited to be working on my new talk for Years 9-12 in secondary schools. It’s called Winning Like A Girl, and it’s all about how to be confident and successful while staying true to who you are. (And if that’s just a little bit weird, no problem.) I tried the talk out on 90 girls at a school in Westminster last term and had the best morning. They were brilliant – doing power poses and shouting out their

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