Meeting Heroes

pexels-photo-132920We love seeing our heroes meet. It’s why a film featuring Batman and Superman is generates more excitement than a film with just one of them (as long as the plot still makes sense, but that’s a conversation for another day).

So my brain made an excited squeaky noise when I saw that there’s going to be a special event at the London Book and Screen Week featuring Michael Morpurgo AND Owen Sheers! Continue reading

Sneak Preview of The Runaway’s Design

The first advance copy arrived! Ever since, I’ve mostly been gushing over the gorgeous design work Lion Hudson have done. When you spend years writing a story, seeing it turn into a book is one of the most rewarding things imaginable.

OK, I’m biased, but I hope you’ll agree that they have done an amazing job here. First of all there’s the front cover, which tells you so much not just about the setting of the novel, but also the feel of it. I love that sense of wonder and wistfulness as the central figure looks over her shoulder at the flying leaves.

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The Power of Storytelling

When I was in secondary school, my closest friends all knew that on their birthdays, instead of a present, they would receive a story from me. The recipient usually starred as the main character, and would get to have exciting adventures before saving the day and defeating the villain.

At that age, we all drew strength and hope from stories, in the form of the books, films and TV shows we loved. In these characters we saw traits we admired, and in these other worlds we saw the possibility of a life more exciting than our typical teenage existence.

Looking back, I know stories have had a big impact on my life, and I’m certain they have a lot of power in wider society too. Continue reading

Location Scouting: the Setting of The Runaway

In the hills of mid-Wales lies the village of Llandymna. Admittedly, you’d struggle to find it on most maps because it is a fictional place. Small and remote, it has stood there for hundreds of years on the edge of a vast forest. Today, it consists of a church, a primary school, a pub and a local shop, all surrounded by houses and fields.

The place where I grew up had once been a Welsh farming village, Continue reading

La La Land: the 5 Most Relatable Moments for Creative Types

If you’ve seen Damien Chazelle’s latest film La La Land, you’ll know it has stunning visuals, gorgeous music and some really moving performances from Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.

But I’m not here to talk about that today. I’m going to talk about just how relatable this film is for anyone with a shred of creativity in them. Like ‘Haha, I totally recognise that in myself, and now I’m crying’ relatable.

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Meet the Characters

Last week I introduced you to Rhiannon, the main character of The Runaway. Today, it’s time to meet a couple more of the characters.

Tom Davies and Callum Rees are unlikely friends. They’re almost opposites in character. Tom is reflective and hard-working, while Callum is self-absorbed and quick-tempered. But in the small village of Llandymna, you can’t be picky about your friends; if you don’t learn to get on with people you’ve nothing in common with, you’ll end up lonely. Continue reading

Introducing Rhiannon

therunaway_covSo, with just 40 days until The Runaway comes out, it’s time to introduce you to the main character.

Have you ever drifted off into a daydream when you were supposed to be paying attention? Or got so caught up thinking about the book you’re currently reading that you forgot the real world? Rhiannon Morgan keeps having that problem. Continue reading