What a night! Thank you to Barbara Henderson, Louise Peterkin and Victoria Williamson for making it so special with a fantastic selection of readings. Who better to ask questions about your book than your editor? Thank you to Lauren Fortune for coming to the launch and being a star. The audience was AMAZING and I can’t thank everyone enough for coming along and supporting us. Lastly, thank you to Waterstones for hosting the event and to my chums who took me out afterwards for a celebration. It was a launch I’ll never forget.
‘Another masterpiece from Forrest. Be prepared to have your breath and heart stolen.’ Julie Sykes, Author.
‘An unbelievably brilliant adventure that’s immersive, descriptive, tantalising and triggers your imagination on another level.’ Samantha Thomas, Librarian.
‘This is now in the running for being one of my best reads this year. Our children’s book group and customers are going to love it.’ Fiona Sharp, Waterstones Durham.
‘This book is powerful and emotive, full to the brim of colour, life, hope and love. So beautiful.’ Erin Lyn Hamilton.’ Asset Reading Advocate.
The True Colours of Coral Glen launch party with special guests Barbara Henderson, Louise Peterkin and Victoria Williamson is on 11th July at Waterstones Sauchiehall Street, 6-8pm. Tickets are free and can be booked at Waterstones.com or Eventbrite.co.uk
I had the great honour of attending the Bolton Children’s Fiction Awards 2019. The school was beautiful and the welcome very friendly. It was a pleasure to see so many kids excited about books – thanks to the extremely hard-working and enthusiastic school librarians, who I am delighted I got to meet. Thank you for making it such an unforgettable day.
I had a fantastic time at the West End Festival in Glasgow talking to different schools about The True Colours of Coral Glen. We were in the Hunterian Art Gallery – no better place for me to delve into the horrible history of colours. I also explored some of the myths and legends of Ayrshire, which always fascinated me as a kid. The best bit was getting to chat to the kids at the end. What a great day and thanks to the West End Festival for having me.
I’m absolutely delighted to announce Twister won Calderdale Book of the Year 2019. The event took place in the glorious surroundings of Halifax Town Hall, where I delivered my talks in the beautiful Council Chambers. It was an absolute pleasure meeting the other authors Candy Gourlay, Kelly McCoughrain and the Mayor of Calderdale. I can’t thank everyone from Calderdale Libraries enough. They poured their hearts and souls into the day, which took 12 months of hard work to deliver and it’s all thanks to them they have so many children passionate about reading. Lastly, meeting the kids was a joy – they make the hard business of writing books worth it.
Pictures taken by Candy Gourlay and Kelly McCaughrain.
I used to be an art director, so I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to colour. When I found out that the Pantone Colour of the Year 2019 is 16-1548 TPG, I couldn’t quite believe it because the colour is coral. (Technically it’s called Living Coral.) Now everywhere I go I can’t stop seeing the colour. I think it’s a good omen for my new book, The True Colours of Coral Glen, which is out on July 4th. Here is a secret nobody knows about my character’s name – I named her after a street in a small village on the west coast of Scotland. I’d walk my dog along it all the time and thought it was such a beautiful name, I decided to pinch it. Hopefully the colour coral is going to prove lucky for me this year!
Sometimes a letter will come in when I least expect it and the words never fail to fill me with cheer. It’s one of my favourite things about being an author and such a privilege to read children’s thoughts, hopes and dreams. Write to me and I’ll always write back.
Things are staring to gear up for The True Colours of Coral Glen launch. I’ll be realising some exciting news about this shortly. Lovely to see the smallest review in the world in The Bookseller.
The True Colours of Coral Glen have been spotted at Scholastic. I think the book is looking MAGNIFICENT and I can’t wait to see it with my own eyes. A huge thanks to Lauren Fortune for the picture and to Jamie Gregory for the cover design. I’ll be announcing exciting news about the launch soon. Not too long to go now.
Every year the Santa Maria Public Library in California holds a painted chair raffle to raise money for new books. Each chair matches a specific book and is decorated by an artist – in this case by the wonderful Gail Thomas. I can’t tell you how much I love this little seat – it has stolen my heart. All raffle tickets are being sold for $1 and the draw will take place in May. A massive thank you to Gail Thomas and William Probert for organising this. I hope many funds are raised for this great cause.