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Cross My Heart wins Angus Book Award 2015

  I had a fantastic time at the Angus Book Awards lately. First of all there was dinner in the amazing Coutts Court, a 17th century townhouse in the heart of Montrose run by host-with-the-most, Marshall. It’s always brilliant to meet and hang out with other authors and I very much enjoyed the time spent with Chris Priestley, CJ Flood and Alan Gibbons. On award day, I gave one talk about Cross My Heart at Montrose Academy and then another in Montrose Town Hall. ...

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Editing The New Project

I’ve been very busy with The New Project. I have typed ‘The End’ three times now. But that’s never enough. I’m quite sure that about fifty per cent of the work I do on a book happens after I’ve typed The End for the first time. Editing is the process of going back and having another long, hard look at what you’ve written, then reading and re-reading and re-working pretty much everything. Editing involves taking large chunks out and re-writing them again ...

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Pink books for girls, blue for boys?

The children’s book reviewer on The Independent has caused a stir by saying she will no longer review books that are specifically aimed at girls or boys. She’s cited the example of The Beautiful Girls colouring in book (pink, cover, you’d never have guessed) versus The Brilliant Boys Colouring In Book (cover, guess what – blue). Now, I have mixed feelings about this. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a staunchly equal opps mum and personally I would never buy my daughter any ...

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World Book Day | My best advice to writers

Today is World Book Day. To mark the occasion I thought I'd repost this blog from my old site. I think there's plenty here to think about for anyone who loves books, loves writing -- and for anyone thinking of trying to write a novel. I'd love to hear your comments:   Do your research. Write notes. Write more notes.  I could write chapters and chapters, probably a whole book about writing. But I’m going to try and break it down into FAQs ...

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Reviews for Cross My Heart | A BIG thank you

Dear book bloggers and reader reviewers, WOW, thank you so much, really and truly, for your amazing response to Cross My Heart. Every single one of these reviews has absolutely made my day, over and over again. Writing is a damn lonely job and of course I spend great long stretches of my time wondering: ‘Will anyone like this story?’ ‘Will anyone care about these characters even half as much as I do?’ So to every lovely reader who fell in love with ...

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The Ravensbruck dilemma | Writing about torture and concentration camps for children

                  The hardest scenes to write in Cross My Heart were the scenes where Nicole is tortured and then imprisoned in Ravensbruck concentration camp. I’ve read a great deal about how Resistance prisoners were treated in prison and it’s brutal and terrible. They were beaten, cruelly hurt and fingernail pulling, branding with hot irons and all kinds of unspeakable treatment was routine. I’ve also read as much as I could bear about the concentration camps all over Germany and Poland and Ravensbruck (ravens ...

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The books which helped with Cross My Heart

As Cross My Heart is my first historical novel, set during the Second World War, I had lots of research to do. It was really fascinating find out about the real heroines of the Belgian Resistance and work out how I could use their recollections and adventures to make Nicole’s story as authentic as possible. I loved doing the research and I’d advise any writer to get to the library and find out all about your chosen era. In the real ...

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My grandparents’ war

To understand my fascination with the Second World War, you have to know a little bit about my grandparents. The most intriguing thing is that they fought on opposite sides of the war, as I’m half British and half German. My British grandfather was a farmer, so because of his occupation he was not in active service, but a member of the Home Guard during the war. He was on regular patrols looking out for invaders, making sure everyone’s windows were ...

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Cross My Heart | A story of extraordinary courage, endurance and hope

  For everyone who’s been wanting to know what I’m doing next… here it is, curtain up moment… the heartbreakingly lovely cover of my new book: Cross My Heart. Yes. Gasp! It’s quite a change. No pink, no sparkles, no adventures in fashion-land… this is the story of a 15 year old girl who joins the Belgian Resistance in 1940 during the Nazi occupation. It’s an adventure story. It’s a love story. It’s a story of extraordinary courage, endurance and hope. I am so ...

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A big thanks to the wordsmiths

It’s April, months after I handed my final manuscript for Cross My Heart in. Bless the editor who has just sent an email after she’s taken another final, final look through before the pages go to typesetting to ask if ‘stretch of woodland’ wouldn’t be better than ‘woodland’? Plus several other tiny tweaks… and, by the way, do I like the new font they’ve picked out for the gravestones in the story? This is why I love publishing and publishers. Where else ...

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