There are so many blog posts I want to write, and so little time to do so...so today I have a news round up for you. Normal blogging service will be resumed sometime.
1. Here is the cover for Lia's Guide to Winning the Lottery. It's published on August 4. You can (if you wish) pre-order and read the first chapter here .
2. When I was Joe won the North East Teenage Book Award! This was most exciting because it's an award voted for by 300 teenagers at schools in the North East of England, I have never won anything in my life before and the shortlist was packed full of fabulous books (Wasted by Nicola Morgan, which was Highly Commended, Auslander by Paul Doweswell, The Dead House by Anne Cassidy, Rowan the Strange by Julie Hearn and Savannah Grey by Cliff McNish). Still a bit shocked..but very happy...
3. Anne Cassidy and I, together with Gillian Philip and Linda Strachan have set up a new blog, called Crime Central to showcase crime fiction for teens. Take a look, follow, let us know what you think..
4. I'm going to write a new book about Ty. Provisionally entitled Another Life it will pick up Ty's story from the end of Almost True - but from another narrator's point of view. I'm starting work on it now, with a view to publication in 2012..so I won't have much time for blogging, Facebooking etc. I won't neglect this blog completely though.
5 This is a great speech by YA writer Sara Zarr, as reported by Candy Gourlay.