All the busy & Book Launch news

Sorry for the lack of blogging. I have been busy busy busy. (Warning: this post brought to you today by the words “wonderful” and “fantastic”!)

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Wonderful authors galore – Kate Johnson, Alison May, Helen J Rolfe, Talli Roland & Imogen Howson.

IMG_20150710_134911579_HDRThe trip to London for the RNA Conference was absolutely wonderful.
I missed the Tube strike and all my transport went very smoothly (I didn’t actually need the vast amount of alternate routes I planned at all). The Conference itself was, as always, wonderful. In fact you can get a flavour of it at the Romaniacs website where they have a lovely videos and will be posting interviews with various authors (including yours truly which I’ll link to when it goes up).

My talk “Finding the Fantastic in Your Fiction” seemed to go down very well although I was desperately nervous beforehand. But people came (at least 35 of them because all my handouts went), and asked questions (Yay!) and even came up to me afterwards to say how much they enjoyed it. Even people I didn’t know!

My highlight was probably Julie Cohen’s excellent (as ever) Re-writing workshop. With All the Post It notes in the universe. Including giant ones and a stack for everyone in the audience. And the panel discussion on Saturday – “The Vision for Writers of Passion and Drama” – Katie Fforde, Eileen Ramsay, Jane Johnstone and Daniel Hahn talked about the challenges facing authors today. It was wildly entertaining and very interesting.

Was that a future Game of Thrones spoiler from Jane? We’ll never know…

Chilling by the canal was also wonderful, a way to escape the heat and Kate Johnson and I discussed Buffy for rather a long time…

IMG_20150711_200749104And the Gala dinner was just fab! All very glam. It was held in the beautiful Octogon Library which was a bit of a highlight for librarian-me who came over all fangirl. For a building. Yes…

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I always end up having a little bit of a downer when I have to leave. I meet so many good friends at the conferences and its a place for writers to be writers. I miss that. But roll on next year in Lancaster (8-10th July). Can’t wait.

Back in the real world, final edits went back in for A Hollow in the Hills, the sequel to A Crack in Everything, which comes out on the 7th September.

SO BOOK LAUNCH NEWS!!!!A Hollow In the Hills

We will be having a book launch in the Gutter Bookshop at 6.30pm on Wednesday the 9th September. All welcome. Bring your friends. Bring ALL OF THEM! I will be sourcing cake.

Yesterday was mostly spent working on Book 3 The Darkness at the End, because I had a massive surge of post-conference creativity which saw me write 16 pages in longhand and type up 6000 words. Still more to catch up on. I love it when writing does that.

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Sinead Gleeson interviews Judy Blume

Last night I went to the Pavilion Theatre to see Judy Blume in conversation with Sinead Gleeson. It was a wonderful evening and the warmth and love of the audience was only matched by the warmth and love which radiated from the woman herself. Many of my YA writing friends were there as a gang, our bookclub being just a little hyper beforehand. And during the Q & A. And after… But she has been such an inspiration to so many people and it really showed. It was fantastic to find out she is as lovely as we always wanted her to be.

Getting ready for #RNAConf15

It’s that time of year again when I get ready to go to the Romantic Novelists Association Conference. It’s on this coming weekend, in London and I really can’t wait.

I will be giving a talk on Saturday at 1.45pm –

Finding the Fantastic in your Fiction

Using folklore fairytale and supernatural elements in your fiction, from fantasy to contemporary – exploring different ways of using myths and folktales to flesh out your writing and inject some magic.

All being well it will be more than handwaving and me rambling on but you never know.  Although the talk is written I am continually editing it which led me to print it out today, mainly in the hopes that I will stop changing it again. As if!

And I’ve also been obsessing over my travel, as I always do. I’ve an early flight, so an earlier coach to the airport. And hopefully (hopefully!) the Tube strike will be finished when I get there. If not I have two bus routes and a DLR route worked out too.

But once there, the fun actually does really begin. Good friends, great conversations, sparkly shoes, fancy frocks and wine. And writerly talk, all day and all evening. It’s a really special time.

I can’t wait.

Writing is a largely solitary job. The conference is a time to meet other writers, celebrate what we do,  share our thoughts and experiences and above all, learn so much from each other.

I should have wifi so I’ll try to post little updates and pictures via Instagram, which crosssposts to my Facebook and Twitter. The hashtag for the conference itself is #RNAConf15. Finally if you’re at the conference, come and say hello!

#amwritingchallenge and other madness (with photos)

So, as I’ve started putting down words (ie writing!) relating to the final book in the Dubh Linn series which began with A Crack in Everything, known as The Darkness at the End, and this all coincided with the Twitter/Instagram fun of the #amwritingchallenge, there will be intermittent photos. Mostly they’re going on my Instagram (and from there to Tumblr, and Twitter).

So this is it:-

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And here are some pictures

1. Where I writeDay1WhereIWrite

2. A Page from Your ManuscriptDay2Manuscript

3. What you drink when you writeDay3Drink

 

I’ll try to keep posting here as well but it’ll probably be intermittent, so you may want to follow me on Instagram, Tumblr or Twitter if you’re interested. 😀

Die Chroniken der Fae and Preorders

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So, first up, something I have been dying to share for AGES! A Crack in Everything has been translated in to German and will be on sale in October this year. It’s called Der Chroniken der Fae – Auf Papier und Asche. More details here on the RandomHouse.de website. And have I mentioned the AWESOME cover?

So so beautiful and lovely to see Izzy at last. Blessed by the cover fairies again!

But that’s not all! (as they say on T.V.)

A Hollow in the Hills, the sequel to A Crack in Everything, is up on Amazon for pre-order and on Waterstones as well (and presumably in other places too!)

Something is stirring beneath Dubh Linn.

When an ancient and forbidden power is unleashed, Izzy, who is still coming to terms with her newfound powers, must prevent a war from engulfing Dublin and the fae realm of Dubh Linn.  But by refusing to sacrifice Jinx – fae warrior and her ‘not-really-ex’ – Izzy sets in motion a chain of events which will see them hunted across the city and into the hills where she’ll face the greatest challenge of all.

In the deepest and darkest Hollow, an angel of death is waiting … and the price he asks for his help might be too high …

Pre-order today! 😀

Well that was unexpected!

Today I found out that I’ve been awarded the The Spirit of Dedication Award For Best Author of Children’s Science Fiction and Fantasy by the European Science Fiction Society at their annual Eurocon convention in St. Petersburg. I never win things. This is just so amazing! I can’t quite believe it yet. I get an award jointly with the Russian illustrator Anton Lomaev, whose art is simply breathtaking!

The lovely Gar Kavanagh is bringing it back for me and in the meantime sent me photos!

The Spirit of Dedication Award For Best Author of Childrens Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Spirit of Dedication Award For Best Author of Children’s Science Fiction and Fantasy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The full list of awards is available on the ESFS website here. So it really is real and my goodness what a list to be on! Congrats to everyone on it, especially Song of the Sea (can’t wait to see it) and Liz Bourke! 

I’m over the moon! (no pun intended!), especially after a very bleak week. Thank you so much!

Worlds Beyond!

So, a little while ago, I was part of the Worlds Beyond on PhoenixFM 92.5FM, sponsored by Octocon, and I ramble quite a lot about all sorts of things writing and fandom. It’s an hourlong show, hosted by the wonderful Janet O’Sullivan and I’m there from about the 30min mark. You’ll also hear Janet and John Vaughan discussing the Golden Blasters.

You can listen here in all its glorious rambliness*.

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Unexpected photo of me at the radio station, taken by Janet. Was not expecting that!

 

*rambliness just applies to me, naturally. Everyone else is very to the point and fascinating. 😀

Kicking off World Book Week

I had an action packed day yesterday, reading in my local Dubray Bookshop in Bray in the morning and in the Rathmines branch in the afternoon. Groups from the local schools came along and were of course brilliant and lovely. As were all the staff. I think we had a ball. I did, anyway! I read from A Crack in Everything. We talked about writing, books, movies, and even my horror of Wuthering Heights being billed as a romance.

Below are some pictures to give you an idea of the day.

(many thanks to Avril Cannon for the Bray Reading Photo and to Martin Shannon for the Rathmines one)

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Reading in Dubray, Rathmines

 

World Book Day Week!

As World Book Day (5th March) spreads out we kind of have a World Book week now!

I have a number of events lined up for the week including a number of school visits and author events at bookshops to which anyone came come. Please do!

2nd March

10am – Dubray Bookshop, Main Street, Bray (my local bookshop. Very exciting!)

2.30pm – Dubray Books, Swan Centre Rathmines

5th March

Time tbc – Waterstones Drogheda

I’ll be reading from A Crack in Everything and signing and talking to groups from local schools.

In addition to the bookshops I’ll be visiting a number of schools, doing a workshop and generally squeeing about writing and books. As you do. I’m going to be, as they say, mad busy.

Have a great week everyone.

Paranormal Roadtrip – Spooky Dublin

Recently I was asked to write blog post on the spookiest places in Dublin, as part of From the Shadows Paranormal Roadtrip. Because A Crack in Everything is set in Dublin I already had a number of ideas lined up. Ghost stories are an intrinsic part of folklore and probably the stories we are all most familiar with. Dublin has more than its fair share, but I was only allowed to pick five.

FIVE!

So difficult.

So here they are:

Paranormal Roadtrip: Destination Dublin with Ruth Frances Long

Paranormal Road Trip: Destination Dublin, Ireland with Ruth Frances Long author of fantasy A Crack in Everything