Well, actually I’m not, but my book is and it will be read by the amazing actress Suranne Jones (of Dr Foster fame) on Friday 15 December at 6.50 pm on CBeebies. That’s tomorrow! I’m so excited. I’ve had to keep this quiet for a long time as I found out by accident when the BBC Pronunciation Department (who knew?) emailed me to find out how to say my name. That was way back in April so I presume the reading was filmed then, though judging from the photo they have definitely got into the wintery mood with snowy clouds and even the Snow Queen’s ice palace in the background!
The illustrator, Maddie Frost, has done such a gorgeous job on the illustrations and I’m so happy for her that they get to be seen up close on screen. All her textures are scanned in from a variety of different materials and found objects which makes her work unique. I love it.
So I’m getting ready to put on my dressing gown and slippers, grab my hot cocoa and enjoy. But I won’t be going to sleep – oh no. I’ll be watching it another fifty million times first!
To celebrate the launch of my two new books, The Snowflake Mistake and Letter to Pluto, I am giving away a signed copy of the two of them. To be in the draw, just comment below with your most helpful writing tip. Hopefully we will get a good pool of knowledge we can share!
Here’s mine: Don’t be afraid to write a terrible first draft. No one will see it! Silencing your inner critic is really hard, but just tell them (or it) that you’ll be letting them out when it’s editing time, and they can feast on your words then but not now.
The moment I mastered this tip, my productivity increased by about 500%! What’s your most helpful piece of advice?
Thank you to everyone who came to my book signing at WH Smith in Luton last week. We made lots of pairs of glasses (some with special powers) and amazing oojamaflips with wings and even parachutes. Photos of these incredible inventions are now up on Professor McQuark’s website.
Thanks also to everyone at Smith’s for having me!
It’s an exciting month for me, fellow scribes. My short play The Voices is being performed as part of Ghost Dog Productions‘ new writing night at the Horse Bar, London, while previous play Love in the Time of Magicka is currently ‘on tour’ at the Little Black Box Theatre in Bristol and then next month at the King’s Arms in Salford, with a new director and cast for each location. All three venues are fab ’boutique’ theatre spaces that love new writing.
Theatre space at the Horse Bar – small but perfectly formed.
Meanwhile my article on decoding the mystery of blogging stats is in this month’s Writing Magazine (misleadingly labelled April issue, as magazines are from the future).
Exciting times! Meanwhile I’m working on a full length play for a competition, plus some more short pieces. But never fear, I shall still be watching out for opportunities to submit to children’s publishers and for writing tips to share with you. My main tip this month: take every opportunity that comes your way. You never know what might happen!
How exciting – I’ve been interviewed over on the blog of Martyn Beardsley, prolific writer for children and adults and author of the Sir Gadabout Books.
If you’ve popped over from Martyn’s blog then unfortunately you will now be caught in an endless loop for all time as I’m about to direct you back to the interview at Rambles of a Writer. Sorry about that.