Sunday, 22 September 2013

Wild Writing Challenge!

     Are you aged between 9-16? Do you have a great idea for a story about wild animals?
     If the answer is yes to the above two questions then you should go to the Paws n Claws Publishing website where there's a great writing competition which you will love! 
     The competition is open until 31 January 2014 with the winners being published in the next Wild n Free book which will be sold to raise funds for the Born Free Foundation, a charity that works throughout the world to help stop the suffering of wild animals.
     Apart from myself the judges are the TV presenter Michaela Strachan:

and Sally Spedding, a mystery crime writer:

    The competition is the brainchild of Debz Hobbs-Wyatt - thank you Debz and I'm looking forward to reading all the entries!

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Please vote for Burly & Grum!

Last week I was gearing up for action after my summer break and it already it's all go!

     Firstly, I'm so pleased and proud to announce that Burly & Grum and The Secret City has been nominated for a People's Book Prize Award (children's section).  

     It's up against many other childrens' books, all of them written by very talented authors and I am honoured to be alongside them. Please spare a moment vote for The Secret City if you or your child enjoyed reading it - there's room for you to leave a comment as well if you like. 
     The People's Book Prize was founded by Tatiana Wilson who wanted to give new authors an equal opportunity in the marketplace, based purely on their talent and ability. Writers' works are voted by the public and that not only helps to raise the profile of the author but also highlights the importance of libraries and bookshops and encourages new work. Thank you Tatiana!
     My second piece of good news is that I have been asked by Paws n Claws Publishing to be a judge for their children's writing competition which will start on 16 September - so watch this space for more details on how to enter!  Paws n Claws work very closely with the Born Free Foundation, the charity Burly & Grum also supports and I am delighted to have been invited to work with them! 

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Dare to bear!

I've had a wonderful couple of weeks holiday because yes, I dared to 'go bear'! Don't worry, it's not as shocking as it sounds, I simply took a leaf from Burlington bear's book, turned off the mobile phone, stepped back from social networking and now am feeling incredibly relaxed. 

     With just one day of peace and tranquillity left I feel as if I'm slowly waking up and I'm looking forward to picking up where I left off because there's lots to do that's for sure. I've had a few offers to speak at schools and bookshops and will be writing to them soon to make arrangements. I've got a couple of ideas for Burly & Grum short stories along the line of The Halloween Adventure (which is still FREE to listen to and also read so go and download it now!) and I want to update my webpage. I've received some lovely drawings from children and will be posting them very soon - I just have to get my scanner to work... But I'll just do everything in my own time and not get stressed because I rather enjoy being relaxed!
     All in all I have lots of plans and also I hope that by the end of today I'll have something really exciting to share so watch this space!