Sunday, 29 September 2013

Great start to the School Year and some VERY exciting news!

Scarily excited fans at Bridgwater Academy Primary!
Sorry that it has been so long since I last wrote on this blog. Lots of exciting things happened over the summer that have kept me VERY busy. More on those later, but first I must tell you that already this term we have visited some wonderful schools.

A BIG thank you to the children and staff at Rowanfield School, Westover Green School, Bridgwater College Academy Primary, St Philip's School, Willesborough School, Kingsnorth School, John Wallis Academy Primary and Elphinstone School...
Some great actors at Westover Green Primary

Only a few weeks into the new school year and already so many memorable moments and so many enthusiastic new fans and friends. We have loved hearing about the inspiring effect our visits have had, but our favourite comment was a short note from the parent of a year 6 boy: 'This is the first time our son has been excited about (particularly fiction) reading! He usually HATES reading.'

All 8 schools so far this term have reminded us just why we LOVE school visits, and how important they are. We hope to see you all again next year, when my brand new book series is published...

Big book signing at Westover Green
... And that leads me onto my very BIG news. Earlier this year a new children's publisher called Atlantis Children's Books approached me to ask if I would like to write a series of books for them. Atlantis Children's Books are passionate about getting children reading, and they also have loads of contacts all around the world, which is just a bit exciting!!

They were very interested in my first 2 books, Stormy Cliff and The Secret Theatre. So over the summer I agreed to completely rewrite the books. Although loosely based on the old versions of Stormy Cliff and The Secret Theatre, the new ones are completely fresh, super-scary stories with new main characters. So, I am proud to announce that the adventurous new main characters of both Stormy Cliff and The Secret Theatre are: Felix and Caspar!

Stormy Cliff will be published in March 2014 and The Secret Theatre in October 2014. After that I will be writing a 3rd adventure for Felix and Caspar, to be published in March 2015!

Until March 2014, you will still be able to buy copies of the original Stormy Cliff and The Secret Theatre. There are only about 700 copies of each book left, though, and once these have been sold, no more will be printed. So if you are lucky enough to get hold of a copy of either book, it will be quite a rare item!

It looks like the next year will be a really exciting one! Keep checking this blog for updates about my new book series and my school visits. You can also check out the website of my new publisher,