I made a day trip to Canterbury yesterday – mainly just to see this cogtastic Cogheart window in the Rose Lane Waterstones, which was so beautiful, and really made me smile!! But I also signed lots of books there and at Waterstones on St Margarets Street too – there’s tons of signed copies in Canterbury now. Then we had a walk in the countryside, and spotted this giant waterwheel cog and a bull made of rusted iron! Also had a look around the town, which is so gorgeous, and went in the Cathedral – I think I last visited on a school trip many years ago. It was a fun day out especially seeing the superb window!
Last night I went to the fab book launch for Abi Elphinstone’s The Shadow Keeper, which is the sequel to her excellent debut The Dream Snatcher. I read The Shadow Keeper prologue online a couple of weeks ago and it’s even more creepy than the scary opening to The Dream Snatcher. The book has another incredible map by Thomas Flintham – who designed the gorgeous cover.
It was a great fun launch, and very inspiring because I got to hang out with lots of middle grade / children’s writers and bloggers and talk loads about books! Also got a chance to meet co-agenteers Andy and Tamsyn, and another MG Usborne author: Lara Williamson, who wrote the amazing A Boy Called Hope. Plus, I was given a copy of Yellow by Yü Kops Chow. He’s nine years old and wrote this amazing looking book -pictured next to Abi’s -in fact he was only seven when he wrote it. It’s designed by his dad with superb illustrations by his mum. Abi and Yü both signed their book for me, though Yü’s pen had nearly run out!
I’m very much looking forward to reading both books but especially The Shadow Keeper – to finally catch up with Moll, Siddy, Alfie and Gryff on their new adventures.
The other week a photographer friend Thomas Butler came round to take some author photos for the jacket of my book. It was all super-professional, apart from the fact that Mike had to hold the flash/lamp because Tom had forgotten to bring the lamp stand! And then another friend Susie gatecrashed the session with her gorgeous baby Zeph and did a bit of photobombing. Here are a few of the amazing pictures Tom took: