To celebrate the launch of ‘Unicorn in New York II: Louie Takes the Stage’ (the second book in my ‘Unicorn in New York’ series) I ran a competition across Girls Heart Books, Facebook and a local book seller, offering readers the opportunity to name a character in the third book in the series, ‘Unicorn in New York III: Louie in … Continue reading
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Want a Book Character Named After You? by Rachel Hamilton.
To celebrate the June 2nd launch of ‘Unicorn in New York II: Louie Takes the Stage’ (the second book in my ‘Unicorn in New York’ series) I’m offering readers the opportunity to name a character in the third book, ‘Unicorn in New York III: Louie in a Spin’. You can name him/her after yourself, a friend, a member of … Continue reading
How Does it Feel To Finish a Book?
This morning I finished the third book in my ‘Unicorn in New York’ series (illustrated by Oscar Armelles). (These are the first two covers. The third is still in development, but looks fantastic so far) So, I’ve finished! Whoop. Typing THE END is always a magical feeling, but it’s also a slightly strange sensation. This may be … Continue reading
One of the best things about being an author are the school visits. I used to teach English and Drama and while I have to confess I don’t miss the marking, the admin or the data driven side of the job, I HUGELY miss the storytelling and silliness. I used to love chatting with students … Continue reading
Every author will tell you how incredible it is when readers bring your books to life. I jumped up and down on the sofa when I saw three girls dressed as Noelle from ‘The Case of the Exploding Loo’ for a school book event. Just brilliant! And there was more sofa-jumping when Harri photographed himself with a chainsaw and my … Continue reading
What do authors do before their books come out?
My third book, Unicorn in New York: Louie Lets Loose!, is released on February the 4th and I’m a bit excited. So excited, in fact, that I can’t think of anything else to write this month’s blog about. So unicorns it is. Since I’m completely unicorn-headed (my horn’s in the post) I thought I’d share a bit of what I’ll … Continue reading
So today is Christmas. Yesterday was my birthday. And I have been so busy stuffing myself full of mince pies and ripping open presents I haven’t had time to write the usual wordy blog. So I decided to make this more of a visual post by sharing some of my favourite ‘gifts’ from 2015: 1 … Continue reading
Unity Through Diversity: A Thank You To My Local Writers’ Centre
Diversity is a hot topic in children’s literature thanks to campaigns like We Need Diverse Books, and rightly so. We all gain in so many ways from the ability to find ourselves in literature. The joy of living in the Middle East for big chunks of each year, as I do, is that the local literature is as diverse … Continue reading
STAND (UP) AND DELIVER
October has been a crazy month. As well as the usual book writing, family entertaining, event organising and school visiting shenanigans, I’ve also been doing comedy shows across the UAE as part of the Funny Girls Stand Up Tour, to encourage breast cancer awareness in the Middle East. Doing these stand up gigs has been … Continue reading
Not Funny Any More
Well, it’s been an unfunny week for funny writers. I was sad to see this tweet from Michael Rosen on Tuesday. I had thought the Roald Dahl Funny Prize was on a break, ready to return in 2016 as part of the Roald Dahl centenary celebrations, bigger and better than ever. But now it seems … Continue reading