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Special & Promotional Stories & The Firebird Chronicles

The Vampire Experiment: The Man In The Black Coat

This is the final monologue in a series of stories being released as separate blogs. They form an account of an experiment performed at Knaresborough castle for Fright Night, Halloween 2013. Investigators travelled around the castle grounds to discover ghosts, who waited, hungry to tell their stories. As you read the accounts, I invite you […]

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What do you want to say through your writing?

At my recent book launch for the first of the Firebird Chronicles, Rise of the Shadow Stealers, I was asked what I wanted to say through the book. Part of me wanted to answer, “Read it and draw your own conclusions!” but actually I think it’s a fair question. If you’re going to write a […]

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Shadow Stealer Characters: Apprentice Adventurers

The girl’s hair was a scribble of black, her features rounded like a question mark. The boy’s eyes were sharp. He was thin and gangly. An exclamation mark, the Storyteller thought.

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What inspired YOU to start writing?

I’d love to tell a romantic story about being the sort of child who scribbled stories whenever I had a free moment and dreamt about being an author as I read books under the bedcovers. It’s true I did once win a storytelling competition at school – something to do with a disappearing elephant from […]

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Shadow Stealer Characters: Fletcher and Scoop

“Depending on your department, you will either work alone with your guide or be partnered with another student. Apprentice Heroes, for instance, work solo, without friends and against all the odds. Apprentice Adventurers, however, must work in pairs – for a Quest will never succeed without the strength of companionship and camaraderie.”

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What unique disciplines do you need when writing for children?

Perhaps the most obvious one is enjoying reading children’s literature yourself. Personally I love kid’s books! Because of this, I’m not really writing for children (although, of course, you do keep your audience in mind, especially in the later drafts) I’m just writing the sort of stories I love to read. Why do I love […]

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Who are your favourite muses and influences…

(…and do you intentionally collaborate with anyone in putting together the plot and its redrafts?) This question has made me think a lot! In terms of muses and influences, I’m not sure I’m particularly planned. Some people consume thier culture with precision, knowing exactly what ‘their thing’ is and following all the logical connections. I’m more […]