Latitude

Last week I packed my bags and went to Latitude fest!

My husband and I arrived on the Thursday evening and had a fantastic time over the following few days, running workshops, seeing bands, watching films, listening to panel discussions/podcast recordings and eating yummy food.

I didn’t take many pictures as I was desperately trying to save my phone battery, but here are a few …

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My favourite moment was when a little girl handed me this note after my schools event. Best feedback ever:

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Big thanks to Latitude and to Chicken House for arranging this event for me!

When I got home I found an exciting package from the night post… US proofs!

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These are paperback proofs of the hardback that will publish in America next year. You can now pre-order it on Amazon!

In book news, we’ve just handed over our first draft of The Midnight Hour 2! This is always a nerve-wracking feeling, so it was such a lovely moment when I spotted this tweet from our wonderful editor Rachel Leyshon:

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Hooray! So now we’re getting stuck into the second draft. Can’t wait for our next adventure to be out in the world! Right… back to edits! :)

How cool is this...

Absolutely love this diorama of the Night Post (from my books The Midnight Hour and Night Post) made by Harriett and her dad.

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Thanks very much to Harriett’s mum for sharing her creation on Twitter! I think my favourite part is the tiny little envelopes with tiny addresses written on them and the list of dangerous deliveries on the wall and the hand-made bicycles and… all of it!

Out and About

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I’ve had such a great time visiting bookshops and schools since the The Midnight Hour hit shelves!

Loved my trip to Waterstones Milton Keynes Midsummer! Big thanks to the excellent staff (especially Nikki, Sean & Vicky), the children (who all created some fantastic monsters!) and my awesome MK friends who came to support me!

Loved my trip to Waterstones Milton Keynes Midsummer! Big thanks to the excellent staff (especially Nikki, Sean & Vicky), the children (who all created some fantastic monsters!) and my awesome MK friends who came to support me!

Here are some snaps from my visits to Bengeo Primary School, Walkern Village Book Exchange, Waterstones St Albans, Waterstones Welwyn, Waterstones Milton Keynes, Waterstones Finchley Road and Foyles Southbank. (I’ve also had fab visits to Walkern Primary School, Waterstones Hatfield and Waterstones Uxbridge).

I just had to share some of the drawings too! Some excellent Midnight Hour Monsters being created at these events!

I have one more event in a week, then I’ll likely be taking a break until the summer holidays to concentrate on Midnight book 2! I’ll be updating my events page so please check back if you’re interested in coming along to one of my activities/signings!

Thanks again to everyone for all your brilliant support. I’ll sign off with this amazing photo of Amelie, dressed as Emily for World Book Day.

She even had a packet of biscuits in her school bag. Now that’s dedication!

She even had a packet of biscuits in her school bag. Now that’s dedication!

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Midnight Strikes!

This week The Midnight Hour was officially published!

The support we’ve received from readers, friends, family, bloggers and booksellers so far has been really overwhelming. Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has picked up a copy and sent me your pictures! I love seeing them.

(That’s Marina at the bottom there. She’s awesome. If you’re in the St. Albans area, you should visit her wonderful comic book shop Chaos City!)

A special thanks to Vicky at Waterstones Milton Keynes Midsummer for this amazing pillar display!

 
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A shout out to Waterstones Welwyn too, for their great fabric display and very supportive shelf talker (seen on the grid of photos above). Thank you, Robin, I’d know your handwriting anywhere!

This week I also visited my local primary school to donate a copy to their library. I only intended to pop it in, but I received a full tour of the school (they have a fort! A Teletubbyland with tunnels! A Roundhouse! An allotment! Am I too big to go back to school?) and I answered some great questions from year 5 and 6.

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I put him on right away!

I put him on right away!

When I got home from the school, I opened my post and found a card and this wonderful gift from the lovely publishing team at Chicken House! I love my little shiny Hoggins! (There is a very handsome ‘hedgepig’ in The Midnight Hour).

Midnight and I have had a fun-filled week of official publication. We are book of the week over at The Phoenix Comic, Books For Keeps, and The South Wales Evening Post. We’re also children’s book of month for Dubray Books, Foyles Royal Festival Hall and The Book Activist!

Right, that’s quite enough showing off. Hope you’ve all had a fab week too!

Happy reading :)