Currently, I’m wearing two heads, actually three or four or nine if you include my home life. But as a writer, three. And they pull me in different directions, up and down the age scale so that I’m trying to see through the eyes of six year old and a twelve year old, which as any parent or teacher can tell you, are VERY different goggles.
I’m working on the Clifftopper Adventure series – which will be out with Nosy Crow starting with the first one, The Arrowhead Moor Adventure, (April 2019) where cousins Ava, Aiden, Chloe and Josh stay with their delightful but busy grandparents at Clifftopper’s Farm and enjoy all sorts of adventures, stopping criminals getting away with it. They’re a great deal of fun and exactly the kind of thing that I wanted to read at that age. Just now, I’m editing the second one just as the first one tries on a shiny new cover (wait, wait, it’ll happen soon) and thinking about the third. They’ll be for confident readers, aged 6 or 7+
Also, I’m thinking about ideas for another thriller… I’ve got a character – and a setting, and a crime. But that’s like my walking around the countryside head, dreaming, imagining.
And this,this is VERY exciting to me, I’ve just written the dedication for The Boy Who Flew.
Dedication? You say, not much work?
No, but a dedication means that a book is going to be published. And as Kate Shaw, my extraordinary agent knows, this book has been ten years in the making, ten years of stubborness. While it has waited, flapping in the bottom drawer of the filing cabinet for someone to want to let it out, ten other books have left home and taken flight. So much has changed since I wrote the very first drafty chapters back in 2009 on the MA Writing for Young People in Bath – and yet, so much is the same. The heart of the book remains, but I have grown up as a writer, and the book has been lucky enough to meet a terrific editor in Kirsten Stansfield at Nosy Crow.
as I say – this is VERY exciting.
Update – I can show you the stunning cover and here it is – from Ben Mantle – isn’t it fabulous?