Cogheart Letters and Artwork

Cogheart Letters and Artwork

One of the best things about being an author is when children write to you about your books, or send you drawings of the characters.  The other week I received a whole batch of amazing letters and art from St Mary the Mount RC Primary School telling me how much they enjoyed Cogheart. They had each done some drawings and written a fact sheet about mechanicals for one of their school projects. You can see some of them here, there’s a lovely drawing of Mrs Rust which I think is my favourite! And I even learnt some interesting facts about mechanicals from them… For example, did you know you can apparently cut a mechanical in half and both halves will go on living!! A bit like the Terminator! Also that some mechanicals and mechanimals run away from their owners because they are unhappy, but then they go rusty and run down and stop working. Thanks to all the pupils at St Mary the Mount for your lovely letters and inspirational drawings and thoughts on mechanicals. I hope you got my reply?

Moonlocket Animated Cover

Moonlocket Animated Cover

Just over a week ago today, Waterstones did an exclusive cover reveal for Moonlocket – the sequel to my debut Cogheart. Just like with Cogheart, the beautiful cover was designed by Kath Millichope and illustrated by Becca Stadtlander – they are geniuses both, and I think they have once again done a fantastic job in bringing my story to life in a single image. I love the theatrical flavour of the rich velvety background with its embroidered stars. The harvest moon, with the book’s characters dotted around, brilliantly recalls the clock face on the Cogheart cover. Plus, I adore the London skyline, with its hints of the dark places Lily, Robert and Malkin visit on their journey.

The cover got a fantastic response on twitter, and has been getting some oohs and ahhs from the audiences on World Book Week when I showed it off to them. I can’t wait now to see the final book in the shops. But in the mean time, it was great fun to have a chance to once again animate the characters and create a moving cover to show of the illustrations…

And if you enjoyed the trailer, here’s a little about the book–

An escaped convict.

A missing locket.

A woman from the past…

When infamous escapologist Jack Door breaks out from Pentonville Prison, he sets out for the town of Brackenbridge, determined to find his missing treasure – the Moonlocket.

But when Lily and Robert unwittingly find themselves caught up in Jack Door’s search, they discover that Robert’s history holds the secret to the Moonlocket’s whereabouts…

Another delicious slice of Victoriana, return to the mysteries locked at the heart of London’s dark and murky streets and a world of adventure and extraordinary invention.

 

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 Trailer for Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month

Cogheart Trailer for Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month

Check out the little animated trailer I made for Cogheart as Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month. I re-used all the animation bits from the original book trailer and a created a couple of new animated titles from quotes and blurbs for the book. I think it looks rather spiffing! And Waterstones are now also running it on their youtube channel too…