Phew! What a year it's been


Now that the end of the year is fast approaching, I’ve been thinking back on the events of 2018. Twister, my first novel, launched in February, making this year one of the most exciting, rewarding and challenging I’ve ever had. I’ve been supported along the way by some incredible journalists, bloggers, book reviewers, book shop owners, book worms, festival organisers, teachers, librarians and parents and it’s been a real treat to have met and connected with so many fantastic kids. The camaraderie from other novelists has been wonderful and the children’s writing community is one I’m very proud to be a part of. And, of course, none of this would have been possible without Scholastic – I’m still pinching myself they are my publishers.

I’m incredibly fortunate to have the continuing help and advice from Scottish Book Trust. (That’s me in the middle with the amazing P.M Freestone, Victoria Williamson, Helen Mackenzie and Julie Rea at the Scottish Parliament, courtesy of an evening with Joan McAlpine MSP and Scottish Book Trust.)

I’m also looking ahead to 2019, which will see the publication of my second book. (I glimpsed the cover of it this week and boy, is it a sight to behold!) In January, I start my residency at All Saints Primary. I’ll be working with the kids on their story writing skills plus a school project that will widen out to the local community.

Twister has been shortlisted for some awards – which is terribly exciting and in March I’m away for a Spring Residency at Moniack Mhor: Scotland’s creative writing centre.

And then there will be the launch of my second children’s book – I’m hoping to plan something really special for this, so stay tuned!

To all my readers and supporters – thank you. I couldn’t have such a brilliant year without you. (I think one of my highlights was getting my first ever fan letter, which now has pride of place on my wall.)

Wishing you all a happy, prosperous and peaceful 2019.

Juliette Forrest