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Find out how Tom Plamer scared himself for inspiration, find out if you're a genius by taking Ali Sparkes quiz, and read Sita Brahmachari on how music was the root of her book. Plus lots lots more...
In Zebra Crossing Soul Song Lenny learns important life lessons from Otis. On the surface Otis is an unlikely teacher (as you'll discover, he has hidden the fact that he had never learned to read or write) but I hope as you read the book you will see what important lessons Otis teaches Lenny as he crosses the road from home to school. In my mind the crossing is also the road of life.
Psst. Yup, that’s right – I’m talking to you. Want to know a secret? A deep, dark, swear-you-won’t-tell-anyone-else type of secret? Right then. Here it is… Until I was nine years old, I didn’t like books.
The Guggenheim Mystery was a very unusual book for me to write. It didn’t begin as an idea in my own mind the way my Murder Most Unladylike mysteries series did – it began when Siobhan Dowd’s literary estate came to me with a three-word title and asked me to create a story out of it.
Accidental Superstar is the story of a girl called Katie Cox, who becomes spectacularly, monstrously, and most of all, accidentally famous. A friend puts a video of her singing and playing her guitar online, and within hours her life has changed, forever.
Most of the time, a book is slow process. A writer may spend months mulling over an idea, writing a plan, a summary – an opening chapter, and then, after jumping in to actually get the words down – ten or more agonizing weeks follow. Weeks in which word counts, count. Huge amounts of text are deleted and replaced. The writer has to force themselves to write. As I said – a slow process.
I do love a good fright. I’ve always had a fondness for scary stories, either from the books I read as a child or the films I watched. The downside to this hunger for horror was my wild imagination – stories stayed with me. Monsters inhabited my mind when I went to sleep at night, bringing with them nightmares and a tormented night’s sleep. It was for this reason I was that child who often needed the landing light left on, the door ajar. I needed to feel safe. I needed a little bit of light with my dark.
What would it be like if you were cleverer than anyone else you met? And how could you ever end up with a bank robber and car thief as your best friend? When twelve-year-old genius Jack Mattingly gets accidentally abducted by the man who's just stolen his parents' car, he ends up on a life changing journey of burglary, robbery, TV quizzes and far too much sugar on his Weetabix.
Killing Ground is the story of two children. Seth, who can see dead people from history. Nadiya who knows a lot about history. Together they are the Defenders, protecting today from the ghosts of yesterday.
Where does best-selling author Karen McCombie find ideas for her books? Sometimes it's VERY close to home! Like every author, I pick up shiny snippets of inspiration from here, there, everywhere and wherever. For example, I might overhear a conversation between schoolgirls on a bus, ranting about a bully that's been bothering them, or maybe some insanely funny thing that happened at break-time.