Archive | March, 2013

Girls Heart Books

15 Mar

girls heart booksHave you seen the Girls Heart Books website yet? I love it, it’s always got really fab posts from lots of authors whose books I enjoy. They blog about all sorts of things, books, boys, friendships, writing…pretty much everything you can think of. So I was super excited to be asked to join them!

My first blog post has gone up today, I’m talking about Me, Suzy P and the things in life that make me laugh. I should warn you though, there are some VERY terrible jokes mentioned…

You can check it out here. Let me know what you think!

(I’ll be blogging there on the 15th of every month).

A Post for Katie and Sophie (and other people that love books)

12 Mar

As you know, I posted yesterday about being ridiculously busy lately. But this is something I’ve been meaning to blog about since the beginning of March. At the start of the month, I went over to visit my brother. It was his birthday, and celebrations were to be had. One of the girls that lives near to him had read Suzy P and enjoyed it, so he asked if she could come and meet me. Of course! I said. And so Katie popped in to say hello, and bought her friend Sophie along, too.

It was lovely to meet them both, and we chatted about all sorts of things…but of course, mainly BOOKS. And I promised I’d recommend some books for them. Katie and Sophie are in year 7, and enjoyed Suzy P, but also liked historical fiction and books about horses. So here are some suggestions, and of course for anyone else who likes these sorts of stories…

For contemporary fiction, try:dizzy

  • Cathy Cassidy
  • Cathy Hopkins
  • Carmen Reid’s St Jude’s series (about boarding school)
  • Hilary McKay

For historical fiction, try:

  • Marie-Louise Jensenlady tower
  • Mary Hooper
  • Celia Rees
  • Mary Hoffman
  • Tanya Landman’s Apache

For horsey stories, try:

  • KM Grant’s  Hartslove
  • Katherine Roberts’ I Am The Great Horsehorse
  • Flambards series by K M Peyton.

Hope this helps. It was fantastic to meet you both!

If anyone else has any suggestions, please comment below…

A Big Fat Blog Update

11 Mar

All has been quiet for a while on my blog now. I thought it had been a couple of weeks since my last update, but no, there it is in that big blue date, the last time I blogged was back on 21 January. Oops. I’ve been stupendously busy. That’s why I haven’t had time for much blogging…but here’s a BIG FAT BLOG UPDATE of everything I’ve been doing recently.

BLOGGERS

Authors and bloggers at the Templar/Hot Key event.

So after my launch in January, I spent a fabulous day in London at a joint event for Templar and Hot Key books, meeting lots of wonderful bloggers and authors. It was brilliant, although all the underground around the area I wanted to get to was shut, sending me into a panic. As soon as I arrive in London I turn into a complete country bumpkin and freak about where to go. (It probably won’t astonish you  that in true Suzy P style, I have no sense of direction, to the point where I can probably get lost in my own house.) I’d emailed the lovely Hot Key team beforehand, and they’d sent me very precise instructions about what to do and where to go, and I’d suggested they keep a St Bernard on standby for me in case I did get lost. All of which went to pot thanks to London Underground’s ill-timed engineering work, but I did manage to get there, wasn’t too late, met lots of lovely people and had a marvelous day. I even managed to find my way home again, and the St Bernard wasn’t required. Win!

At the event as well as meeting lots of fabulous people, I got a brilliant tote bag with the slogan ‘sleep less, read mquietore’ on it, hand-printed by Templar’s talented commissioning editor Helen, that was filled with lots of lovely books. I haven’t read them all yet, due to on-going busyness, but I devoured fellow MA Writing for Young People graduate Alison Rattle’s The Quietness on the train home.

January also saw me up against a deadline. The deadline for Suzy P #2 (as yet untitled*) to be exact, and the first draft was due at the end of the month. So I was writing like a demon thing, and still missed the deadline. Ho hum. Let’s move on…I did get it in though, and the edits are  back (they liked it, PHEW!), so I need to get my head down doing all the rewrites.

I also had to do my first school event for Suzy. I was lulled in gently, with a small event, of just 200 kids. HEART ATTACK TIME!! That’s a lot of people to be faced with at 9.15 in the morning. I was in a theatre, miked up, on a stage, with my presentation on an enormous screen behind me. But using my quick questions to gauge if it was a success or not (Did I die? Vomit? Fall over?), the answer to all of the above were no, so I think it went okay! The pupils at the school had loads of really interesting questions afterwards, and were lots of fun to work with. I even had a tour of the school orchid greenhouses afterwards, which was amazing. The school was very modern, only four years old, and the facilities blew my mind. So different to the schools I went to. They had John Barrowman going in the day after me. I can now officially say was John Barrowman’s warm up act!

I’ve been to two book launches, both for books published by other graduates of the MA Writing for Young People csmugglerourse I did. First up was Maudie Smith’s hilarious Opal Moonbaby: About Zooming Time, where I got to hear about this fantastic book *and* stuff my face with popcorn, and then last Thursday (World Book Day) I was out to support Marie-Louise Jensen launching her new book, Smuggler’s Kiss. Stunning cover! Marie-Louise dressed up as a smuggler for the occasion and I’m really looking forward to reading the book.

I’ve also started sewing classes, so much of my time is now spent frowning at bits of cotton. I inherited my Grandma’s sewing machine, and really wanted to learn how to use it, so I’m taking lessons with a great group of people. I’m really enjoying it, although I am a bit rubbish. I’ve not actually completed anything yet, but I’m hoping to finish off my cushion cover as soon as I master pesky buttonholes. And my bunting will be done as soon as I can remember how to change my threads and bobbins. Then I’m going to attempt an apron…so I’ll post pictures when they’re done. (I wouldn’t hold your breath).

And then there were winter germs. I was ill for a week. Then Tornado Toddler was ill for a week (he missed World Book Day at nursery. I couldn’t dress him up. Gutted!). So not much work got done for a while.

There have been some more lovely reviews for Me, Suzy P online, which is fabulous. And the brilliant Jesse, over at Books4Teens, even created a vlog showing you how to make hot chocolate inspired by Suzy P’s frequent visits to Bojangles café! This is all kinds of awesome. You can see it here. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m definitely going to, it looks delicious.

Plus, I’m going joining the team over at the amazing Girls Heart Books blog, my first post goes up  this Friday. I’m really excited about, so keep an eye out for that.

Right. I think that’s pretty much everything…for now, anyway. Are you still reading?! It’s been a while. Don’t you have some work to do?

*I am rubbish at titles. Anyone got any suggestions?! Suzy 2 is about friendship. Let me know if you have any ideas…I’ll give you a credit in the acknowledgments!