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Thursday, 28 January 2016

Book Signing

I will be at Waterstones in Knutsford tomorrow, Saturday 30th January. Looking forward to lots of chats and I'll happily read stories!

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Rude Words?

As a writer for children I spend a lot of time in the children's section in Waterstones. I like to keep up with new titles and see what is popular at the moment. When I do a book signing, children tell me about books they enjoy. I read a lot of children's books too.
I'm told that children enjoy books with 'rude' words because they make them laugh. Children enjoy anything that seems a bit naughty. Waterstones can easily cover a table with books with wee, poo or fart in the title, just to mention a few. Well, when it's in the title you know what to expect. However, it seems to me that there is a trend these days to throw in a few 'rude' words just for the sake of it. Why? Does the writer think it might help sell more books?
I hope my books may make children smile. I won't be adding 'rude' words just because it seems to be the thing to do these days. I don't believe that it's what all children want.
What do you think?

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Book Events

I enjoy visiting stores. It is great to sign books for children but there's lots more to my visits. I love to chat to people about books and writing. Children tell me about their favourite reads and the stories they write. It is lovely if they fancy reading my books too! I'm happy to read to children in the stores. If they are too young for my books then I'll offer to read a picture book.
I enjoy chats with parents too. Sometimes I meet people who have written a book and are trying to get it published. I'm happy to share my experiences if it helps!
So, if you are in the area why not pop in and say hello at on of my events ?

30th January Knutsford Waterstones 11 am until 3 pm.
6th February Manchester Arndale Waterstones 11 am until 3 pm.
13th February Gateshead Waterstones (Metro Centre) 2pm onwards
17th February Bolton Waterstones 11 am until 3 3pm.
More to come!

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Saturday, 9 January 2016

Happy New Year

                                                              Happy New Year!
I'm looking forward to making lots of new friends on my visits to schools, libraries and bookshops in 2016. My first shop event will be on Saturday 16th January. I'll be at Waterstones in Altrincham from 11am until 3pm. Please come along and say hello.