May is a very popular month for new books to be published. I’ve been invited to a number of launch parties and will be holding a launch event myself for my new book Help I’m a Genius. This is the second book in the series published by Troika Books and illustrated by Aaron Blecha. It … Continue reading
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Real Places, Fantastical Worlds by E R Murray
When I started writing The Book of Learning (Nine Lives Trilogy 1), I was new to Dublin and infatuated with exploring this beautiful, friendly city. The parks, museums, theatres, cathedrals; there was so much to see. As I immersed myself in my new surroundings, the characters of Ebony Smart and Icarus Bean – who had been … Continue reading
Starting a Story – Settings and Siblings
It has struck me this past month or so how important a setting is for a story. This probably makes me sound quite stupid. I mean, it’s an obvious thing to say, settings are important – they are one of the key elements of any story – but I think to date I have taken … Continue reading
It hardly feels like a week since my last blog let alone a month! That’s because it’s been a really busy few weeks since getting the last notes on ‘Fenn Halflin and the Seaborn’ (to be published in July) and school visits for World Book Day, where I’ve been running workshops to help children write … Continue reading
When the Ordinary Looks Like Something Else – Joan Lennon
Sometimes the ordinary can look … strange. You know what you’re looking at – of course you do! Or do you? Take a look at these photos. They’re of ripples and reflections of stones … or are they? Do you maybe see something else? Why not have a go at describing what else those pictures … Continue reading
I love everything! says Kelly McKain
Hi everyone! I’m feeling very, very appreciative at the moment! Well, I always try to focus on the great things in my life and our beautiful world, as you know, but right now I’m so full of gratitude I could burst! I’m going to share a few of the things on my list, and hope … Continue reading
Story Starters by Jo Franklin
Like many children’s authors I spent most of last week visiting schools for World Book Day. Authors are always asked where they get their ideas from but this week one student asked me where they could get ideas for starting their own stories, so I thought I would give GHB readers some story starters including a … Continue reading
Goodbyes and hellos.
This post should have some kind of health warning as there are some ridiculously adorable photos of a puppy in it that could melt your heart. We’re just over a month into the New Year, and I’m a week into owning new puppy! Meet Didi! Here she is on her first day at home. Didi … Continue reading
Rollercoaster or Merry Go Round? Which would you choose?
Last week I had a different sort of week. I didn’t do any of my normal duties or routines. I didn’t go into the school where I work supporting readers each week, I didn’t cook everyone’s tea back at home each night, and I didn’t even put out the crazy mess that is the recycling … Continue reading
How long does a dream take to make?
Hi everyone, I’m so happy to have been asked to join GirlsHeartBooks as one of their guest bloggers for the next few months. What a fabulous place to talk about books and writing – and other things! So a little bit about me; ‘I’m a writer.’ There, I’ve said it! That tiny sentence is surprisingly … Continue reading