My Passion for Point Horror

Author Archives: Samantha Thomas

My Passion for Point Horror

Guest Post by Cynthia Murphy If I could travel back in time and speak to ten-year-old me, I’d tell her about how twenty-six years in the future, our love of Point Horror would kickstart a young adult writing career.  She would ask me what took so long.  I have a wonderfully clear memory of being […]

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Stick Boy – Blog Tour

Guest Post by Paul Coomey I’m best at writing in the morning, before my head gets filled with distractions like music and conversations and the internet and reading. I have another job (as an Art Director at Wonderbly, working on picture books) so when I was writing Stick Boy I got up while it was […]

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Train to Impossible Places

Guest Post by P.G.Bell Parents tend to get a raw deal in children’s literature. At best, they’re hapless stick-in-the-muds who lack the ambition and imagination of our young heroes, and are quickly outgrown. More typically, they’re dead and buried long before the story even starts. There’s a very good reason for this, of course – […]

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Poems The Wind Blew In

Blog post by Lawrence Schimel “A translator is a reader who shares his enthusiasm for a book with readers in another language and culture” It was a great surprise for both myself, as translator, and the poet Karmelo C. Iribarren, when we first learned that POEMS THE WIND BLEW IN had been shortlisted for the […]

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Writing Cherry Moon

By Zaro Weil, Winner of the 2020 Clippa Poetry Prize Arriving at the windy Bologna Book Fair in March 2018, I stood smiling under the fluttering coloured banners. What a miracle to be part of this world. My second poetry book had just been published. Firecrackers. I was there to help my publisher, Troika, promote […]

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TELLING TALES by C K SMOUHA

The story of Tell Tail came about after spending a bit of time with my neighbour’s exuberant Staffordshire bull terrier, Stanley. I’ve always loved dogs and Stanley is a dog after my own heart – he really is the maddest, most carefree beast I’ve ever encountered. I was thinking how some dogs are bred for […]

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The Inspirations for The Castle of Tangled Magic

By Sophie Andersen I often find it is the interaction of several separate inspirations that can spark the idea for a story. The Castle of Tangled Magic was born out of three main inspirations: my fascination with Russia’s centuries-old wooden buildings, spirits from Slavic mythology, and a fairy-tale in verse written by Alexander Pushkin. The […]

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Launching Moon Dog virtually into the world

When I first began writing Moon Dog, I never dreamed how much it would hit the zeitgeist. My readers describe Moon Dog as a gripping adventure story that brings two lost children, Marcus and Delilah, together in their quest for a dog. It’s a story that warns against the dangers of puppy farming. We have […]

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Loving Non-Fiction

Guest Post by Marcia Williams The final blog for this year’s National Non-Fiction November has been written by award- winning author/illustrator Marcia Williams, who looks back at the non-fiction books she loved as a child and considers the role of non-fiction for young readers in the future.   I think my passion for writing non-fiction goes […]

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123 Seriously Smart Things You Need to Know about the Climate

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This new book from Thames & Hudson was originally written in Dutch by Belgian author Matilda Masters, translated by English translator Lorna Dale and illustrated by Louize Perdieus. In this blog Mathilda introduces herself, her writing and the inspiration behind her latest the book. Who am I? What kind of work do I do? How […]

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