Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Canon Tales: Slide 7

I went to Liverpool university and was inspired by the creative legacy of the city.

I’d shifted my focus from magazine to book publishing by this point and so, to get bookselling experience I started volunteering at News from Nowhere, a cooperative bookshop run by incredibly passionate booky people.

I also discovered, behind this bright purple door, the Egg Café which had a monthly open-mic poetry night.

Monday, 24 November 2014

THE DREAMSNATCHER by Abi Elphinstone

I finally received my proof copies of DHH Literary Agency author Abi Elphinstone's debut The Dreamsnatcher. So beautiful!

The book is getting a lot of lovely comments on Twitter as people start reading. 

@Bookzone said:
@simonkids_UK are billing @moontrug as 'a phenomenal new middle grade talent' & based on her debut #dreamsnatcher I would have to agree.

@Janesharp1671 said:
I have finished The #dreamsnatcher, blimey that's an exciting MG read. Really loved the story and the characters.

@Yayeahyeah said:
Definitely rec'ing #dreamsnatcher to all MG adventure fans - Moll is fab heroine, Siddy great comedy, and LOVE Gryff & Porridge the Second. 
Also #dreamsnatcher has some stunningly horrific villains! The only problem with it is I now have to wait AGES for the sequel, bah! 

In his roundup of sequels he can't wait to read he also said:
reminiscent in some ways of Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy.

And Here is the final cover - our Feb 2015 from Simon & Schuster.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Canon Tales: Slide 6

While at school in the US I was briefly distracted by the lure of the stage… I loved the buzz and the team work, but it wasn’t long before I realised that the thing I loved most was the same thing I love about books… the story.

It’s probably best for everyone that my flirtation with the stage was short lived but it’s definitely influenced what I look for in the fiction I work on – good writing, compelling characters and a story that has the power to make its audience care about the outcome.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Canon Tales: Slide 5

Judy Blume was a staple of my early teen years. I gleaned a lot of useful information from her and the teen magazines I read obsessively.

It was around this time that my parents started pushing me to think about my future career. I was good at English, and so, because I didn’t want to be a teacher, I announced my plan to be a journalist on teen magazines but it wasn’t something I really put a lot of thought into, it was mostly to keep Mum quiet.