Finding the Real Kate Simpson – Engineer to Author

#FindingGranny #blogtour #BooksOnTour #Day4 Was she always a writer in disguise? Or did the creativity spill out of her at just the right moment? Read Kate’s intriguing article on how she found herself as a writer in the midst of microbiology. As a child, it never occurred to me to become an author. To start READ MORE

Kellie Byrnes Discusses the Importance of Creativity in KidLit and in Life

#cloudconductor #blogtour #booksontour #day4 Following on from our interview yesterday, Kellie opens up even further with her personal story on how being creative saved her, and how her difficult experience links to her evocative book of strength and empowerment. You are truly an inspiration, Kellie! Xx As someone who has always been a total bookworm, READ MORE

Lyrebird – The Silent Teacher by Maura Pierlot

#thetroubleintunetown #blogblast #booksontour #day12 Author Article by Maura Pierlot Lyrebird – The Silent Teacher So what’s so special about the lyrebird, anyway? Besides it’s physical presence, this band member has more secret talents than we may have realised, and particularly in this story. Maura explains…  Readers are always asking me about the lyrebird that appears READ MORE

Music and its Transformative Abilities by Maura Pierlot

#thetroubleintunetown #blogblast #booksontour #day10 Author Article by Maura Pierlot Music Credit: Aidan Pierlot Music and its Transformative Abilities Maura’s passion for music and instruments is obviously evident in The Trouble in Tune Town. Here she describes her musical background, and what she believes to be the importance of musical experiences for young children. Thanks Maura! READ MORE

Practise Should Never be a Fight by Maura Pierlot

#thetroubleintunetown #blogblast #booksontour #day5 Author Article by Maura Pierlot Practise Should Never be a Fight Recount the motto, ‘Practise should never be a fight. If you’re having fun, then you’re playing all right’. Today, Maura explains how this phrase was formative in her personal and working life, and she leaves us with important take-home messages READ MORE

A Case For The Intelligent Protagonist by Carolyn Denman

#TheSentinelsOfEden #BlogTour #BooksOnTour #Day6 Guest Post by Carolyn Denman A Case for the Intelligent Protagonist A few weeks ago while I was watching a show aimed at older children, I had a rather distressing revelation. It grew from my increasing frustration with the main character who could not see the blindingly obvious threat, and then READ MORE

Who Gets to Decide if Something is Offensive? by Carolyn Denman

#TheSentinelsOfEden #BlogTour #BooksOnTour #Day4 Guest Post by Carolyn Denman Who gets to decide if something is offensive? No matter what genre you write in, or readership you write for, at some point you will write something that upsets someone. No matter how careful you are. Let’s face it, even if you were to get Barack READ MORE

Young Adult Books That Kick Butt by Susanna Rogers

Guest Post by Susanna Rogers We love the fierce conviction of Susanna Rogers as she shares her inspiration behind her awesome, kick butt YA novels. Becoming a kickboxer with a second-degree black belt helped Susanna Rogers improve not only her martial arts skills, but also her writing skills so she can write the kick butt READ MORE

Michelle Morgan takes out SCBWI Spark Award for Older Readers

Guest Post by Michelle Morgan It is a pleasure and honour to congratulate author Michelle Morgan on her esteemed win of the SCBWI Spark Awards for her older reader, ‘Flying through Clouds’! Read more here on Michelle’s journey in writing YA novels, and today, enjoy her highlights of this wonderful achievement. Thanks, Michelle! FLYING THROUGH READ MORE

Writing Community Buzz by Adam Wallace

Guest Post by Adam Wallace As always we thoroughly enjoy the thrill of including funny, Zombie-obsessed author-illustrator, Adam Wallace on the blog. Today he gives us chilling goosebumps – of the good variety – with his ‘inspirational’ (of the non-zombie kind) and encouraging article about what it means to be involved in such a supportive READ MORE