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!