I collect quotes. For me, they are a source of magic, power and inspiration. I firmly believe that the right quote, at the right time, can change the course of your life. (Or, at the very least, help you stay the course with extra focus, determination and fire in your belly.) Here are some of my all-time… Continue reading My favourite quotes on writing and life
Location: Farnham, Surrey Date of birth: 1963 Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering, Chartered Engineer Website: www.digi.me Twitter: @rangerj By the time Julian Ranger was 6 years old, he had three big dreams: 1. Work in aviation 2. Go round the world 3. Go into space To have such clearly defined goals at such a… Continue reading INTERVIEW: Julian Ranger ~ Entrepreneur
Location: Auckland, New Zealand Date of birth: 1965 Websites: www.christinehurst.com www.pricklycat.com More than 80% of us say we want to write a book, but less than 1% actually do. And of this 1%, a scarily minute amount are actually published (the figures are so small, it’s best not to think about it). Christine is a rare creature: she… Continue reading INTERVIEW: Christine Hurst ~ Children’s Writer
[If you can’t see/play the sound clip above, try clicking on this link] Location: Guildford, Surrey Date of birth: 1963 Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Physics Website: mariannewindham.co.uk Marianne Windham was a director of a thriving software consultancy. She loved her job. Yet two and a half years ago she walked into work and handed her notice in. Why?… Continue reading INTERVIEW: Marianne Windham ~ Jazz Musician
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark Date of birth: 1981 Qualifications: Degree in Literature & Art History Website: www.elitrier.com One day Eli Trier had a brilliant idea. Suffering with depression, she had started writing down all the things she was grateful for in her life in the hope that it would lift her spirits. But she wanted to do… Continue reading INTERVIEW: Eli Trier ~ Writer, Artist, Coach
I’ve been thinking… it’s about time I refreshed my blog and combined it with my author website. In preparation for the big move (I typed “bog move” just then, I hope it’s not a bad sign), I need to move a few things around. Over the next week, I’ll be posting five inspirational interviews I… Continue reading INTERVIEW: Vanessa Curtis ~ Children’s Author
Last Wednesday I was invited to lunch at the Savile Club in Mayfair for the announcement of the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2017. You can imagine how I was feeling. For starters, the Savile Club is not the kind of establishment I usually frequent. It was founded in 1868 by a group of distinguished… Continue reading And the winner is…
When I started writing Minnie and Bogle at the end of September last year, I had no idea that in 7 months’ time I would be saying the words, “I’ve made it to the shortlist!” Back then, I thought it would be a miracle if I managed to finish the novel and enter the competition, let alone… Continue reading I’ve made it to the shortlist!
I have some unbelievable news: my novel has been longlisted for the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition!! (Can you believe it?! Nope, me neither.) Here’s what happened… I was at home last Tuesday, when the phone rang. ‘Another blooming sales call,’ I thought to myself. I sniffed dismissively and ignored the message the caller left,… Continue reading My novel has been longlisted!
This is the story of how I wrote my first novel… Last summer I spotted a Facebook post announcing The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2016. The prize was a £10,000 publishing deal. “Nice,” I said to myself, “but I don’t think I’m ready.” Three months later, I saw the same post and I thought… Continue reading I did it. I finally wrote my first novel!