Whsmiths, Wolverhampton and Birmingham events

Whsmiths, Wolverhampton and Birmingham events

Thursday was a day of fantastic events in Wolverhampton and Birmingham…

On the way up to the events, I went to check if Cogheart was in WHSmith, and it had made the chart… Right next to Awful Aunty!

I arrived in Wolverhampton for first event, which was as Tettenhall College Prep School, and met with Alesha from Usborne. At the school we got to meet the lovely school librarians Debbie and Sue, and had some school dinners – pasta meatballs, and bright pink jelly. Then it was off to the library and the main hall,  an old red brick building that reminded me a bit of Hogwarts from the outside. The hall has a beautiful stained glass window that looks a bit like a big colourful bookshelf. The talk was really great fun, the kids joined in with lots of questions and answers and we even did a little bit of animation – which nearly worked. Afterwards we sold lots of books, and I got to chat to the children about their favourite books…

 

Then in the afternoon it was off to Birmingham, where Alesha is originally from. She took me on a whistlestop tour of the sights of her hometown, before we ended up at Waterstones for the evening event…

 

A talk with Katherine Rundell and Anna James. We were a little early so we got to have a coffee and looked about the shop. Then I met Anna and Katherine and we went off to do the event, Anna and the audience asked some really good questions about both books, and it was so interesting to hear how Katherine wrote The Wolf Wilder – which is a beautiful book – as well as to get the chance to talk about my writing process and inspiration. Afterwards we did another signing and met some more lovely readers, and there were at least three Lily’s who bought Cogheart!

Interview with Mark Cridland on Deal Radio Show – ‘Living the Dream’

Interview with Mark Cridland on Deal Radio Show – ‘Living the Dream’

Here’s a phone interview I did a couple of weeks ago with the lovely Mark Cridland on the Deal Radio show – ‘Living the Dream’ all about how I came to write the story of Cogheart…

Cogheart Book launch Day finally arrived!!!!

Cogheart Book launch Day finally arrived!!!!

After what seems like years of waiting, on Thursday the actual official Cogheart Launch day actually arrived, and we had a BIG Party to celebrate at the beautiful Daunt Books in Marylebone. Here are some pictures from the night…

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I was so nervous the night before, I barely slept, even though the book has been out a month and had been doing really well, it still felt like this was the OFFICIAL launch. Mainly because loads of friends and family were coming and I had to write a speech, and I was going to make some cog biscuits too, but by Wednesday evening I hadn’t done either of those things… Of course, those kind of big dos always make me REALLY nervous so I wouldn’t have slept anyway, no matter what, but there we are!

On Thursday morning I got up at 6, and since I had been thinking about what to say for hours, instead of getting some rest, I made a cuppa and turned on the computer straight away and wrote the speech. I tried to have a normal day, going swimming and to the supermarket, and then I made the biscuits in the afternoon to take to the launch. It was a warm day and so bloody hot with the oven on, and batch baking all the biscuits I suddenly realized how many there were, and I thought, what a bloody stupid idea to bake biscuits for your own launch, I must recommend to people NOT to do it! Plus it felt like being on bakeoff because I thought I’ll never get them done in time! But it was fine in the end and it used up so much of my nervous energy…

It was a beautiful sunny evening and M and I got a taxi to Daunts with everything. The streets were quiet, the sun low, and the driver coasted all the way. I was so nervous and excited, but it was a good excitement, like sailing on air, and I knew it was going to be brilliantly, fantastically OK.

Then when we arrived we set everything out and I sat down to sign a few book for friends who had arrived early… and didn’t get up, or stop signing, for an hour-and-a-half, until it was time to do the speeches. But it was great to chat to everyone who came to get books signed, and even better – I didn’t have time to be nervous about speaking in front of so many people. The rest of the evening went by in rather a blur, I got lots of lovely cards and presents from lovely people, and took rather a lot of pictures, and then, with the last few people, tumbled out of Daunts at nearly nine after a superb evening, and it was all over… Except then we ended up in two different pubs having a more drinks!

 

 

Interviewed on Christina Banach’s blog…

Interviewed on Christina Banach’s blog…

Here’s some #mondaymotivation: I did a Q and A interview over on the lovely Christina Banach’s blog, here…

We talked about all kinds of things – automatons, animation, the similarities between writing and film making, time travel, which is better a BAFTA or a Carnegie? It was a fun interview, here’s the gorgeous header picture from Christina’s blog… I wonder if this is near where she lives?

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One Amazing August

One Amazing August

This week saw the last few days with Cogheart as Waterstones Children’s book of the month…

It has been one amazing August, glimpsing all the windows and displays that the lovely Waterstones sellers put together, going round shops to sign loads of books, and meeting the fabulous booksellers themselves in reality and online; hearing all their enthusiasm for the book has been truly fantastic.

Thank you, all of you, and to celebrate here is a little slideshow of some of the stupendous windows and table displays of the book that people sent me during a month that went by very very quick! I was a little sad on Wednesday when it was all over….

But then on Thursday – the First of September – the book was out EVERYWHERE, and we had a proper big launch party to celebrate – of which more later! For now here’s the slide show of all the COGTASTIC Waterstones windows…