Why do people write reviews? Primarily, they're a great way to help other readers decide if this book is for them. When I'm picking out something to read, I will almost always check some reviews first to gauge how likely I am to enjoy it. Secondly, if you liked a book, leaving a review is … Continue reading How to Write a Book Review: A Really Easy Guide
It's two weeks since A Map of the Sky came out and I have honestly been blown away by the response so far! I never imagined there would be so many positive reviews, so many happy readers and so much press interest in this book. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone … Continue reading Blog Tour Round Up
With only ten days to go until publication day, I'm going to be sharing more from A Map of the Sky. Today, I'd like to introduce you to the main character, eleven year old Kit Fisher. He's an unshakeable optimist who loves stories about heroes saving the day. He never means to get in trouble, but … Continue reading Meet Kit
I've been bowled over by the amazing response to A Map of the Sky's blog tour. There are no less than nine bloggers signed up to take part in the tour, which starts in just over a week, on 16th September. It amazes me how book bloggers are so generous with their time and skills. … Continue reading Blog tour announcement
It's been one of the questions I've been asked in the months leading up to publication: why is your book called 'A Map of the Sky'? It's not a novel about astronomy or celestial charts. There is, however, a map in the story. It's a hand-painted work in progress. It doesn't show road names, but … Continue reading Explaining the title: why ‘A Map of the Sky’?
With a couple of months to go until publication day, I'd not expected to be thinking too much about A Map of the Sky in July. But then some surprising things happened! Firstly, the ARCs (that's advance reader copies) got released, which means early reviews begin to appear. This is a nerve-racking time for any … Continue reading Read the first chapter of A Map of the Sky (for free!)
My favourite thing about pre-ordering a book is when I forget all about it, and then when it arrives it's like a surprise present from my past self! A Map of the Sky is available for pre-order from all the usual places like Amazon, Waterstones, and of course from your helpful local bookshop. You can order … Continue reading Pre-order A Map of the Sky
I've always admired people who can make their handwriting look pretty. I'd love to have perfectly neat writing and be able to produce gorgeous handlettered designs. Alas, I'm more of a hasty scribbler.
Last week, Twitter was aghast at the proposal to remake The Princess Bride into a musical. Now, I love The Princess Bride. It's delightful, irreverent and full of adventure. That said, there's just one teeny tiny element I'm not a fan of, which a remake (if it were ever to happen) might take the opportunity to address. I'm talking, … Continue reading Revising The Princess Bride
'Never judge a book by its cover.' I'll be honest with you, I absolutely do, as long as we're talking about books rather than using the phrase metaphorically. So it's very exciting to be able to show you the beautiful design for A Map of the Sky. And here it is! I hope you love it … Continue reading Cover Reveal and Update