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“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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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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Every novel feels like the first: Hazel Gaynor on writing

Guest post by Hazel Gaynor On writing … and writing, and writing, and writing On April 1st, 2014, my debut novel. The Girl Who Came Home was published. I remember the day so clearly: the sense of excitement, the disbelief … Continue reading

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Something exciting and engaging: Dharma Kelleher

By Roz DeKett A quote from the great American novelist Toni Morrison circulates often on the internet, at least among writers: “If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write … Continue reading

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A little bit of whimsy: Phaedra Patrick

By Roz DeKett Five unpublished novels in, Phaedra Patrick was beginning to wonder whether she’d ever achieve her childhood ambition of writing for a living. Then one day she showed her son, now ten, her charm bracelet and tried to … Continue reading

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Stories have shaped our lives: Rolonda Watts

By Roz DeKett “I’ve seen the power of stories and how they change people’s lives,” Rolonda Watts says. “I think that stories are the most powerful thing about human experience. It’s the only thing that we as human beings really … Continue reading

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