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Writing Extracts and Tips

Here are a couple of extracts from my books, an extract from one of my students’ anthologies, a creative writing idea and a Neil Gaiman quote. Do you think there are writing ‘rules’ that need to be broken?

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Michael Morpurgo Quote

I read this at a Michael Morpurgo exhibition at Leeds museum. Which books have moved you and made you think? “Michael’s fiction frequently portrays real events through the eyes of children or animals. By encouraging his young readers to engage emotionally with the experiences of his characters, Michael hopes they may develop the skills to […]

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An extract from the Firebird Chronicles: Cathedral City

An extract from the Firebird Chronicles: “The city is a shadow of its former self. In its days of glory, it thronged with processions, pageants, thriving markets, multitudes of pilgrims and travellers from across the oceans. Music spilled from these cathedrals, and artists painted and sculpted the most exquisite work. The theatricality of its rituals, […]

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A Review of Through the Uncrossable Boundary

“The empowering message that began in Rise of the Shadow Stealers continues to weave through the final installment of the trilogy. Scoop and Fletcher have been encouraged to find their own way by the mentors throughout the series and reach new heights of self-awareness as they continue to forge their own path. These characters have […]

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A Review of the Nemesis Charm

“Daniel Ingram-Brown has a way of setting the scene so that the reader becomes immersed in the world of the characters… I was gripped. I found The Nemesis Charm had a darker feel compared with the first book, The Rise of the Shadow Stealers, where the two apprentices are finding their feet in their new […]

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An Extract from the Firebird Chronicles: The Venus Flower

An extract from the Firebird Chronicles: In the centre of the clearing, a colossal flower blossomed. It sat on the ground, its tulip-shaped bowl surrounded by Trillium buds. Its petals looked as soft as swan feathers, but it was four times the height of Felda. Around the flower, tiny birds hovered, their wings flashing green […]

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Rise of the Shadow Stealers Review

“I would highly recommend Rise of the Shadow Stealers to anyone, young or old.Scoop and Fletcher are encouraged by their tutors and villagers to go forth and create their own story. This is a positive message which lends itself perfectly to empowering children to be able to make their own life choices. This book will […]

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An extract from the Firebird Chronicles

Wisdom, however, moved through the everglade like a butterfly tracking the scent of a rare flower. A little bird flitted ahead of her, darting from tree to tree. She ran her hand through a mass of blue buds, then stopped to smell a cup-shaped flower. It looked as if it had been set at a […]

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Gigan Ticks

An army of Gigan Ticks spilled from the Central Chasm. Black legs and bulbous bodies swarmed through the streets. The great arachnids scuttled along the cobbles, spinning sticky webs between the houses, climbing onto their roofs, ready to pounce.#FirebirdChronicles

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Memory and Childhood

I’ve been enjoying reading Philip Pullman’s The Secret Commonwealth. This extract made me think about memory and childhood, two themes I’ve been working with in my own writing. ‘The first thing I remember is when I was taken to Jordan for the first time. I don’t know how old I was – probably just a […]