Saturday, 25 October 2014

Canon Tales: Slide 4

After detectives I discovered horror. The library enabled me to work through the Point Horror books almost as fast as they were published and when the schedule couldn’t keep up – Stephen King was there to tide me over.

One of the things I love most about teenage readers is the fact that they gloss over anything they’re not ready to understand so anything goes really. I didn’t see a huge difference between Stephen King and Point Horror at the time.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Canon Tales: Slide 3

One of my earliest reading obsessions was Nancy Drew – I did have a brief dalliance with the Hardy Boys but the stories weren’t as good. I’d always loved detective shows – Cagney & Lacey and Columbo being my favourite.

But they were old and Nancy was only a little older than me and she had freedom to do really cool stuff. I wanted to be her. And, for a long time, was determined that I’d be a detective when I grew up.

(Just a little note incase you've missed the earlier posts - probably best to read the Canon Tales posts in order starting here. More to come, there were 20 as part of my talk.)

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Telegraph YA Books of the Year List

Exciting news for DHH Literary Agency author Keris Stainton today as her fabulous book STARRING KITTY has joined the Telegraph's list of the best YA books of 2014. You can see the full list here and read the review of STARRING KITTY here.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Canon Tales: Slide 2

As a result books and stories became a huge part of my childhood – not just this early, but throughout – I was always the quiet kid in the corner, happy to be lost in whatever adventure was happening on the page.

Reading got me through various school moves and the resulting need to make new friends, again. It also got me through my parents divorce. Books were a place where I could always find someone who understood how I felt.