Category Archives: Children’s Books

“Suspense, an occasional laugh, and many surprises”

My publisher, Hayloft, is expecting the copies of my debut children’s novel, The Keeper of the Stones, from the printer on 23 March. There will be fewer than 500 copies available. Advance orders are going well and anyone who pre-orders a … Continue reading

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You could win an original illustration

How often do you get a chance to win an original piece of art? Now, you could – by advance ordering a copy of The Keeper of the Stones, my debut children’s novel. It’s illustrated by multimedia designer and artist … Continue reading

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The Keeper of the Stones

Imagine starting to write a book in 1987. Finishing it in 1995. Having interest from publishers, but not getting a bite. Imagine it sitting on various hard drives until more than 20 years later, you open the file, rewrite it … Continue reading

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Sponsoring the next great children’s author?

By Roz DeKett Authors who write for children have such a special place in my heart. I still have a few books from my childhood in the 1960s. As Stig Abell reveals in this tweet, the stories you loved as … Continue reading

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A jokey sort of nipper: Roald Dahl

An interview in 1981 Roald Dahl sells two million books a year. As three-quarters of these are for children, he was a fitting choice to open Austicks’ new children’s bookshop in Leeds last month. At 65, with five spinal operations … Continue reading

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