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Author Takeover Day!

Author Takeover Day!

February 28, 2017 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Me and a whole heap of childrens and YA authors will be celebrating the end of World Book Day week this Saturday (4th March) by TAKING OVER A BOOKSHOP! The bookshop is Big Green Books in Wood Green, North London. So if you’re anywhere near, do come and say hello and see which well-known author is…

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It’s small but it rocks…

It’s small but it rocks…

February 23, 2017 | Karen's Blog | No Comments

I have a new book out today… ‘Stanley Stone Rocks‘! It’s an early reader for younger kids, about a boy called Frank, and Stanley, his pet, er, rock. So if you have any wee brothers, sisters, cousins, whoevers, you might fancy telling them about it. Or making yourself your very OWN pet rock, with some googly eyes!…

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Cover Could’ve-Beens…

Cover Could’ve-Beens…

February 15, 2017 | Uncategorized | No Comments

I’m guesting over at Cathy Cassidy’s ‘Dreamcatcher’ blog again, showing not only the ACTUAL cover of my new book – ‘St Grizzle’s School For Girls, Goats and Random Boys‘ – but a couple of try-out covers that illustrator Becka Moor worked on before the final version. Why not have a mosey over there and have a nosey…

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School visits and, er, penguins’ bums…

School visits and, er, penguins’ bums…

January 20, 2017 | Uncategorized | No Comments

What a week! I visited 8 fantastic schools and met hundreds of fabulous students, and I talked to them about penguins’ bums. OK, not JUST penguins’ bums… I chatted about what it’s like to be an author, where I get my ideas from and how books are made. And of course it was a bit…

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BOOK BIRTHDAY!! #whoop! #whoop!

BOOK BIRTHDAY!! #whoop! #whoop!

January 12, 2017 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Yay! ‘St Grizzle’s School For Girls, Goats and Random Boys’ officially hits the shops today!!! (And yes, that DOES call for lots of exclamation marks, actually!!!!!!!) And here are some copies, nestling rather nicely in my local children’s bookshop, Pickled Pepper in North London. If you see ‘St Grizzle’s’ out and about, do say hello! And…

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New book countdown! *tick, tock, tick, tock…*

New book countdown! *tick, tock, tick, tock…*

January 6, 2017 | Uncategorized | No Comments

*Eek!* My newbie book – ‘St Grizzle’s School For Girls, Goats and Random Boys‘ will hit the shops very soon… next week, to be precise! And there’s nothing like an early review to make an author feel like tap-dancing across the kitchen floor, scaring the cat! (Sorry, Dizzy…) I’m loving the illustrations in it, by Becka…

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‘Catching Falling Stars’ gets shortlisted!

‘Catching Falling Stars’ gets shortlisted!

November 25, 2016 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Wow, it’s been quite a week for ‘CATCHING FALLING STARS’, my evacuee novel, which came out last year. First, on Tuesday, I visited Redwood Primary in Lincoln to do some workshops based on the book, only to discover the Year5&6s had used it for their WW2 topic and had done some amazing work around it….

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*COVER REVEAL!!*

*COVER REVEAL!!*

November 4, 2016 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Want a sneak peek of my next book, which isn’t out till Jan ’17?!? Well, here’s the shiny, new cover of ‘ST GRIZZLE’S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS, GOATS AND RANDOM BOYS’, illustrated by Becka Moor, who’s a little bit brilliant. Do you like it? Hmm? Fingers crossed you do! (If you fancy pre-ordering it then you…

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An e-mail that made me go all *twinkly*…

An e-mail that made me go all *twinkly*…

September 30, 2016 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Here’s the thing; authors mostly live inside their own heads, making up characters and lives and situations and stories that they hope people will enjoy reading about. And so we write our stories, let the publishers package them up and send them off to Shop-Land, and we’re back inside our heads with the next set…

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Whoop, whoop!

Whoop, whoop!

August 17, 2016 | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Today I’m celebrating the 15th anniversary of ‘ALLY’S WORLD‘… Can’t believe how time has zipped by, but it really was fifteen years ago today that the first book in my best-selling ‘Ally’s World‘ series – ‘The Past, The Present and the Loud, Loud Girl‘ – was published. #faintswithshock #howcanitbethatlongago #erk! I set the series around…

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