I have been meaning to read this book for ages and so pleased I finally got around to it. Lorraine has created a wonderful character in Mold, with a fantastically distinctive voice, which I am a huge fan of. From the very first sentence you can’t help caring for this big-hearted ‘outsider’ who can smell trouble coming a mile off, thanks to his extraordinary nose. When his beloved Aggie is accused of poisoning the king and thrown into the dungeons, Mold has to survive betrayal in order to prove her innocence. Gorgeous olfactory tale that will have you rooting for Mold from the very start.
It’s a big deal for authors to get reviews. And if you hit the magical number of 50 on Amazon amazing things happen – candy rain falls from the sky and and all the leaves on the trees turn into gum drops. OK. OK. That’s not strictly true. But weird and wonderful things happen that lead to the book being more visible and to a first-time author that’s pretty important stuff. I only need eleven more Twister reviews to be on target. I hate to be a bother, so to thank you for going to this trouble, I’m giving away a bumper pack of Twister goodies including badges, a signed postcard and a signed limited edition poster – to the best review of Twister from 2nd January onwards. I’ll pick a winner when I reach 50 – (the number of reviews not when I turn 50 years old). Oh, and even though I’m asking for help with comments online, I’d like to add it’s really important to support your local independent bookshop or library wherever possible. Thank you.
The zebra is a failed Christmas present. I decided she was too lovely to give away so have added it to the ever-growing meagre in my writing room. I think she’s looking rather splendid, don’t you?
Would you just look at this beauty by Deepdale Community Primary School? This really has made my heart sing. The school also said: Twister has inspired us to go outside and explore. You won’t find a happier author than me, right now. Thank you Deepdale Community Primary School for this wonderful photo and message. I adore the fluffy clouds and the boat in the river.
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.
Every once in a while an opportunity comes along that has you pinching yourself – like being approached by All Saints Primary to be their Writer in Residence. Every year, Scottish Book Trust award 10 schools the funding for a writer, illustrator, storyteller or poet to work with the children on a creative project. I can’t wait to meet everyone at All Saints Primary and to get cracking on our project. I’d like to thank both the school and Scottish Book Trust (especially Kay Bohan who has been amazing) – being chosen for this feels a little bit like winning the lottery.
I am thrilled to say Twister has been longlisted for Le Prix des Incorruptibles. This is an award voted solely for children so I feel like a winner already! I am absolutely delighted the novel has been so well received in France, one of my most favourite places in the world. Huge thanks to the amazing rights team at Scholastic and my publishes in France, Auzou.
I am delighted to announce Twister has been shortlisted for the Bolton Children’s Fiction Award 2019. I’m looking forward to meeting some of the kids next year and a huge thank you to Bolton School Library and all the invaluable work they do. It’s wonderful my first novel has been so well received and I’m thrilled to be shortlisted alongside such a brilliant bunch of authors.
I’m delighted Twister has been shortlisted for the Salford Children’s Book Award 2019. A huge thank you to the school kids for reading the novel and to Salford Community Libraries. This is a huge honour to sit alongside such a talented bunch of authors.