BOOKS

Fiction and Non-Fiction for Children and Young Adults.

What are you reading at the moment?

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Reading my own book? That’s a touch narcissistic….!

YA Fiction

For ages, all I wanted to write was Young Adult fiction. When I was a young adult myself, this market was almost non-existent with just a few great writers to choose from, such as S E Hinton and Paul Zindel. I’m pleased to say that now the market is flourishing and getting the recognition it deserves.

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Children’s Fiction

Slowly, I started to branch out from teenage (YA) fiction and have now started a series of children’s adventure books aimed at the middle-grade market. This is hugely exciting for me and, with plot lines extending to books 3 and 4, it has somewhat taken over my life. Check out my pirate-inspired adventures below.

Check out Ben and Alfie in the Curse of Thadius Drake.

Children’s Non-Fiction

I had never considered writing non-fiction before, at least not until a friend of mine, Ivor Baddiel, pitched an idea for a high-interest, low-word-count series to MacDonald Young Books. Ivor became my co-writer and we ended up with four books being published in the late 90s. I also went on to write a solo book on Space, which was published in 2000 by Hodder. And Space has become an enduring passion of mine ever since.

Move over Prof Brian Cox….

From Young Adult to New Adult

The New Adult market is a relatively new classification, aiming to bridge the gap (if indeed there is a gap) from teenage to adult reading materials. Its focus is on late teens/early twenties and generally deals with life’s first-time experiences which characterize that particular stage of life.

Recently reworked, The Poldeen Trilogy is a trio of NA novels all set in Cornwall, which will be available later this year.

Book One in The Poldeen Trilogy
Book Two in the Poldeen Trilogy
Book Three in the Poldeen Trilogy

Available on Kindle…

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April 2015: No Man’s Land

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Keep Writing, Keep Reading

However, it is often said that to be a good writer you have to be a great reader so what you read is as important as the writing you do! And this doesn’t have to be a chore…there’s loads of stuff out there to choose from. Here are just a few that I have been reading lately….

OFF THE SHELF

Book Review: The Screwtape Letters

CS Lewis: The Screwtape Letters, a novel far ahead of its time!

Off The Shelf this April: The Screwtape Letters

The Screwtape Letters: Letters From A Senior to a Junior Devil

by CS Lewis

Published in 1942

Genre: adult; part satirical novel, part mindful self-help book

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CS Lewis is arguably best-known, and best-loved, for his children’s classics the Chronicles of Narnia, starting with The Magician’s Nephew and culminating seven books later in The Last Battle. The Screwtape Letters, however, is no children’s fantasy, so be warned! Keep reading…..

Also Off the Shelf this year…

Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes. American YA…championing the non-mainstream teen.

Awakening by Sharon Bolton…hate snakes? Love a good mystery? Then be prepared to be thrilled and creeped out in equal measure. This one will keep you guessing and feeling on edge the whole way through. Recommended.

Stand By Me by Wendell Berry….a wonderful collection of stories from Port William, a small farming community in Kentucky, tracing the intertwined lives of those who lived there from 1888 to 1981. By the time you finish, you’ll feel that you live there too. Wonderful.

The Sisterhood by Emily Barr…a dark take of love and loss and family secrets, which is always a good combo if you ask me!

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler…another family drama, though one with a bit of a twist!

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres…an epic tale of a small Greek island and its inhabitants during the Second World War. Highly recommended!

Behind every good writer, there’s a great reader.

3 comments

BusinessFirstFamily.com

You should write a book on this. I’d be a buyer right away.

Gosh!!! What a novel idea… Yes, dear reader, this is known as spam…not just a pink luncheon meat after all. Never mind me, I’m off to write a book!

Pamelia Dennig

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