Happy Hogmanay! Around this time last year, I wrote a review of my writing in 2016 and made some resolutions for 2017. I usually start each year with ridiculously overambitious plans to change my schedule and productivity and general personality, but surprisingly I've done sort-of okay on these! My aims were: Write two more books. Related: … Sigue leyendo Another year in writing
So far in 2017 (there are still two weeks left and I have four flights to get home and back, so I plan on squeezing a few more in by Hogmanay) I've read 75 books. Most of them were very good, many excellent; this was the year I mostly gave up finishing things just for … Sigue leyendo Top 10 Books of 2017
It's December! It's still around 18 degrees here in Ibiza and there are palm trees all around, so sadly I don't feel remotely Christmassy, but it is indeed December – and that means it's almost 2018! There are so many books that I'm looking forward to next year that I've decided to split them into a … Sigue leyendo 2018 LGBTQ+ YA
Today is International Translation Day! There's been a bit more about fiction in translation in the UK press lately, with the success of Han Kang's The Vegetarian and big sellers like Elena Ferrante and Karl Ove Knausgård, but sadly translators (and translated fiction in general) are still massively under-appreciated in the UK. You really see the … Sigue leyendo International Translation Day
Exciting news! I have joined Author Mentor Match as a mentor for their third round of submissions. As the website explains, Author Mentor Match "pairs unagented, aspiring YA and MG writers with mentors to help them with their manuscripts and guide them through the publishing process." (And it's free!) I was mentored a few years ago by … Sigue leyendo Author Mentor Match
July and August were busy busy: we had family visiting, then I was in London for YALC, home visiting my parents, in Edinburgh for the Book Festival and the Fringe... and there's also the small matter of book two to finish. I didn't get as much reading done as I was hoping, but here's a … Sigue leyendo What I read in July & August
After the US cover last week, I can now share the lovely UK cover for OUT OF THE BLUE! This was designed by Rachel Vale at Macmillan Children's Books, and will be out on 15 March in the UK. Read more about it here or add it on Goodreads!