Tales Post – UKYA Extravaganza Birmingham Blog Tour

 


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To celebrate the wonderful #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA which is being held at Waterstones Birmingham on the 28th February 2015 there is a great big blog tour celebrating the 35 super-duper authors that are attending the event!

Follow the #UKYAextravaganza on twitter – @UKYAX

As I am lucky enough to be attending this fab event full of so much diversity I have been asked by the organisers Emma Pass and Kerry Drewery to write up the event itself which I am really excited about.  Look out for this on the 02/03/2015 *gulps*!

Be sure to check out my write up of the event here

Want to know how Emma Pass and Kerry Drewery organised the event – check out this blog post at wordsandpics.org (@words8pictures) here!

In the meantime I thought I would share a bit about each author with links to their twitter and websites and links to their #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA blog tour posts that are being hosted by 35 fab bloggers!

 What a huge blog tour!

Also check out a list of books by these fab authors here

Also check out a post I did with some of these authors where I asked does music influence books – here

So here goes…. *takes big breath*


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Keren David

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I have worked as a journalist since I was 18 when I got a job as a messenger girl for a national newspaper.

I’ve been a reporter, a political correspondent, a news editor, a comment editor, feature writer and in Amsterdam I was editor in chief for a photographic agency. I worked for The Independent for many years, and have also written for many other national newspapers and magazines.

I grew up in Welwyn Garden City and have lived in London, Glasgow and Amsterdam. In 2007 my family moved back to London after eight years in the Netherlands and I decided to try to write a book.

I signed up for a course in Writing for Children at City University which was tutored by Amanda Swift. I got the idea of writing a book about a boy in witness protection, and roughed out a story during a plot-planning exercise in class. That story became my first book When I Was Joe, and eventually a trilogy (with Almost True and Another Life.)

Now I do a bit of journalism, but I mainly write books, visit schools and I’m adapting one book, Lia’s Guide to Winning the Lottery into a musical. My latest book is Salvage, about siblings Aidan and Cass who were parted as young children, and I’m working on a new book set in Amsterdam.

Visit Keren’s website here

Check out Keren’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post where Keren talks about the event and how it came to be featured on QueenofContemporary run by @lucythereader –  HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Keren David?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Keren David?

Check out a fab guest post from Keren David here


Anna McKerrow

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Anna McKerrow works on creative writing projects for the reading charity Booktrust, which is where she became interested in Young Adult fiction. She has also published four volumes of poetry and teaches creative writing in adult education. Anna is interested in all things magical and is a Reiki healer.

Crow Moon published by Quercus 5th March 2015

Visit Anna’s website here

Check out Anna’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on The Reading Fan Girl run by @sofiaSTRF where we get to read a fab Q&A – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Anna McKerrow?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Anna McKerrow?


Emma Pass

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I’m an award-winning author of fiction for teens based in the North East Midlands, UK.

I’m represented by Carolyn Whitaker at London Independent Books and my first novel, ACID, a dystopian thriller, is out now in the UK from Corgi/Random House Children’s Books, in Spain from Random House Mondadori (titled La Huida) and in the US from Delacorte. My second novel, The Fearless, is out now in the UK, and will be published in spring 2015 in the US.

Visit Emma’s website here

Check out Emma’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on perksofbeingabooknerd.com run by @kat_thebooknerd where we get to read a fab Q&A – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Emma Pass?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Emma Pass?


Susie Day

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Susie Day grew up by the seaside in Penarth, Wales, with a lisp and a really unfortunate choice of first name.

Her many careers have included guiding tourists, professional nappy-changing, teaching small people how many beans make five and taller people how to interrogate the beans from a post-structuralist perspective – but she always wanted to be a writer. Her first book, Whump! in which Bill falls 632 miles down a manhole, won the BBC Talent Children’s fiction prize, and was published in 2004. She now writes contemporary standalone teen/YA fiction, and the Pea’s Book series for 8-12s.

Susie lives in Oxford, England in an international boarding school, sharing her home with 11 teenage boys. Yes, it does smell of feet.

Visit Susie’s website here

Check out Susie’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on abookandtea.wordpress.com run by @abookandtea where we get to read why Susie wants more shorts (ohhhhh errrrr!) and more about her new short story and others in Love Hurts which was published on 29th January 2015 – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Susie Day?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Susie Day?


Kerry Drewery

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YA Author of A Brighter Fear (shorlisted for the Leeds Book Award) and A Dream of Lights (nominated for the Carnegie Medal, awarded ‘Highly Commended’ at North East Teen Book Awards, and shortlisted for the Hampshire Independent Book Awards).

Visit Kerry’s website here

Check out Kerry’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on jaffareadstoo.blogspot.com run by @jaffareadstoo where we get to read a fab Q&A with Kerry talking about her books and more – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Kerry Drewery?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Kerry Drewery?


Caroline Green

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I’ve always loved to write stories. When I was a child I used to come up with serials that were full of plucky heroines and dastardly baddies. Often I’d get a bit carried away with my story and then realise I’d written myself into an impossible corner. I’d have no idea how to get my plucky heroine out of her dire situation.

Obviously, now I am A Proper Author, I never get stuck and I always know what to write next.

[That paragraph contains a lie]

I was a journalist for many years before starting to write children’s fiction, mainly covering stories about science and health. But making things up is much, much more enjoyable than writing about real things.

My first book, Dark Ride, was published in May 2011 by Piccadilly Press. My next book, Cracks, came out in May 2012. This was followed by Hold Your Breath in 2013 and my latest book, the sequel to Cracks, is called Fragments.

When I’m not writing I like to read [and read…and read] hang out with my lovely husband and two brilliant sons, and walk our daft chocolate labrador, Monty.

Visit Caroline’s website here

Check out Caroline’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on bookaholicconfessions.wordpress.com run by @bookaholicholly where we get to read a fab Q&A with Caroline – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Caroline Green?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Caroline Green?


Bryony Pearce

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My debut novel, Angel’s Fury, was published by Egmont in 2011. It won the Leeds Book Award in May 2012 and the Cheshire Schools Book Award in June 2013.

My second novel, The Weight of Souls, was published by Strange Chemistry in August 2013.

My third novel, Phoenix Rising, comes out Easter 2015 with Stripes, this will be followed by Windrunner’s Daughter in November 2015 with Xist and Eye of the Storm, the sequel to Phoenix Rising, in 2016.

Bryony has a full timeline page about here on her website – check out her website here.

Check out Bryony’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on theadarkdictator.blogspot.co.uk run by @thedarkdictator where we get to read a fab Q&A with Bryony – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Bryony?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Bryony Pearce?

Check out an awesome cover reveal for Phoenix Rising with Bryony here

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Check out the fab guest post from Bryony about favourite literary pirates here !

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Check out a fab Q&A with Bryony Pearce here


Sarah Sky

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Sarah Sky is a freelance education journalist and lives in West London with her husband and two young children.

 She grew up in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, and studied English at Nottingham University before gaining a post-graduate diploma in journalism at Cardiff University. 

 She trained as a journalist at the Western Daily Press in Bristol. Her highlight was interviewing screen legend Charlton Heston and lowest point was being sneezed on by a cow at a fatstock competition.

 Sarah worked as an education correspondent for a national newspaper before going freelance. She now divides her time between journalism and writing.

 She loves reading, martial arts, baking and table tennis and hates cows.

Visit Sarah’s website here.

Check out Sarah’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on lauraslittlebookblog.blogspot.co.uk run by @midnightstar3 where we get to read about some super fab Jessica Cole gadgets – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Sarah?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Sarah Sky?

Check out my review of Sarah Sky’s Jessica Cole Model Spy Code Red Lipstick here

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Check out my promo post for the Jessica Cole series by Sarah Sky here

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Check out my review of Sarah Sky’s Jessica Cole Model Spy Fashion Assassin here

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Check out me review of Jessica Cole Model Spy Catwalk Criminal here


Helen Hiorns

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Helen Hiorns is twenty and is studying Philosophy at Sheffield University. She has been writing online for about six years, and was backpacking around Europe with friends when she found out her novel The Name on Your Wrist had been selected as the winner of the first Sony Young Movellist of the Year Award.

Find out more about Helen here.

Check out Helen’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on reviewedthebook.co.uk run by @sophieRTB where we get to read about how Helen’s life has changed since winning her award – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Helen?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Helen Hiorns?


Alexander Gordon Smith

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Alexander Gordon Smith, 35, is best known as the author of the Escape From Furnace Series, made up of Lockdown, Solitary, Death Sentence, Fugitives and Execution.

His is also the author of The Fury, and wrote The Inventors – which was runner-up in the national Wow Factor Award – and The Inventors and the City of Stolen Souls, both of which were co-authored by his eleven-year-old brother Jamie.

He is the author of two creative writing handbooks, Inspired Creative Writing and Writing Bestselling Children’s Books, a number of screenplays that are currently in development, several non-fiction books and hundreds of short stories and articles.

Gordon is the founder of Egg Box Publishing, an independent, non-profit imprint designed to publish and promote talented new writers and poets, and is the co-owner of Fear Driven Films, a production company filming its first feature.

He is also the founder of Inkling Studios, a brand new venture which specialises in creating books, films, television programmes and computer games for children and young adults. He actively encourages people of all ages to read and write, and runs creative writing talks and workshops across the world. In 2009 he was named by the Courvoisier Future 500 as one of the most promising young entrepreneurs in the United Kingdom.

He is called Gordon, rather than Alexander, because his Mum and Dad liked the name Gordon but didn’t want his initials to spell GAS, so called him by his middle name.

Check out Alexander Gordon Smith’s website here.

Check out Alexander’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on daydreamersthoughts.co.uk run by @daydreamin_star where we get to read all about writing stories – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Alexander?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Alexander Gordon Smith?


Kat Ellis

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I write YA thrillery stuff with a touch of fantasy and sci fi thrown into the mix.  I’m represented by Molly Ker Hawn of The Bent Agency, and my debut novel, BLACKFIN SKY, is out now in the UK and USA. My next book, BREAKER, is a YA suspense novel, and will be out in Spring 2016 from Running Press Teen.

When I’m not writing, I’m either tweeting, doing my amateur photographer thing (you can check out my pics on Tumblr if you like) or watching scary films with my husband and feral cat.

My short story, GLIMMER, received a high commendation in the 2012 Bristol Short Story Prize – you can read it here

Check out Kat’s website here.

Check out Alexander’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on eatreadglam.com run by @eatreadglam where we get to read all about how Kat recharges her inspiration batteries – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Kat?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Kat Ellis?


Clare Furniss

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Clare grew up in London, and moved to the Birmingham suburbs in her teens. She always loved creative writing, and as a child wrote stories and poems in her spare time, but it never occurred to her that she could do it for a living.

She worked as a waitress, a shop assistant, and a general dogsbody at the Shakespeare Centre Library in Stratford-upon-Avon (where the biggest perk of the job was lots of free theatre tickets) before studying at Cambridge University, later gaining an MLitt from Aberdeen University.

Clare went on to work in media relations for the homelessness charity Shelter and spent several years as a press officer for then Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone. This entailed a lot of writing – press releases, articles, briefing papers – but it wasn’t until she took a career break to have her children that Clare at last plucked up the courage to do what she’d always really wanted to do, and write a book.

She was awarded a place on the MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University, and wrote The Year of The Rat as her MA manuscript.

Clare now lives in a very untidy house in Bath with her husband and three children.

Check out Clare’s website here

Check out Clare’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on shinraalpha.com run by @shinraalpha where we get to read all about duck size horses and Ben Whishaw in a fab Q&A – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Clare?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Clare Furniss?


Kendra Leighton

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Kendra Leighton is a YA author represented by Jane Finigan at Lutyens & Rubinstein Literary Agency. Glimpse, her debut novel, was inspired by Alfred Noyes’ poem ‘The Highwayman’. It was published in June 2014 by Much-in-Little, an imprint of Constable & Robinson.

Kendra has a BA in English Literature from Durham University and a PGCE from Cambridge. She taught English in China and Spain, before returning to the UK to teach in middle schools. She discovered her love for YA fiction while browsing in school libraries.

In 2008, Kendra left teaching to start a raw chocolate company in Cambridge. These days, when she’s not making chocolate, she can usually be found writing, reading, taste-testing chocolate (far more than necessary), or trying to steal other people’s cats.

Find out more about Kendra at www.kendraleighton.com, or connect with her on Twitter (@KendraLeighton) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/KendraLeighton).

Check out Kendra’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA video post featured on youtube.com/splustbookworms run by @splustbookworms !

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Kendra?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Kendra Leighton?


Louisa Reid

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My stories have always been a bit on the dark side. Although she doesn’t remember, I once told my sister such a sad tale (through the medium of song, no less) that she sobbed her little heart out. This was when we were pretty little and I got a jolly good telling off. Funnily enough, that story was about two girls, one of whom had died. I think the idea for Black Heart Blue must have been swimming around in my brain for decades. I don’t know if I wanted to be a writer in those days, but I definitely produced some little books and illustrated them myself (very poorly).

I live near Cambridge with my husband and children. I write when I’m not teaching and doing all the other stuff that needs to be done. I’ve just finished the first draft of the second book I’m contracted to write for Penguin and am looking forward to doing some serious editing. I go to sleep thinking about books and wake up thinking about them. The whole process of book production is brilliant fun and I know how lucky am I to finally have the job of my dreams.

Check out more about Louisa on her website here

Check out Louisa’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on ladyjulianne.blogspot.com run by @ladjulianne where Louisa guest posts in the defence of female characters- HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Louisa?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Louisa Reid?

Check out my review of Lies Like Love by Louise Reid here


Rhian Ivory

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Rhian has a BA in English Literature from Aberystwyth University and a PGCE in English and Drama Teaching from Cheltenham and Gloucester University. She works as an English and Drama teacher in Brackley. She has written stories since she was five years old.

Rhian writes under the pen-name of Rhian Tracey, and has been writing stories since she was 5 years old. She teaches work-shops for students of all ages, and is especially passionate about school visits. Currently she is impersonating a workhouse guardian and dragging around a chest full of Victorian curiosities to inspire students’ creative writing!

She has written a host of children’s books, both for teenage and the younger audience, and her latest book, The Boy Who Drew the Future, is about two boys trying to escape the past of their village, which was once renowned for witchcraft.

Find out more about Rhian Ivory here

Check out Rhian’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on writeforrealw4r.blogspot.co.uk run by @livilev where we get to read a fab Q&A with Rhian – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Rhian?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Rihian Ivory?


Rose Mannering

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Rose/G. R. Mannering is an English writer and international author. She signed up with literary agency Creative Authors when she was eighteen and secured her first UK publishing deal when she was nineteen.

G. Rose Mannering has been writing ever since she can remember. Diagnosed with dyslexia aged eight, she never let it stand in the way of her love for books. She signed her first publishing contract when she was nineteen and she writes under the names Rose Mannering and G. R. Manneirng. She became a Christian when she was twenty-one and attended university at Royal Holloway, University of London. She currently resides in the UK and her favourite things in life are books, dogs and tea.

Her first fantasy novel Roses is out now under the name G. R. Mannering! Her first picture book The Spotty Dotty Daffodil has also just been released!

Mannering writes a blog as well as maintaining a book youtube channel and contributes to the Author Allsorts website.

To find out more about Rose check out her website here

Check out Rose’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on mybookcorner.com.au run by @mybookcorner where we get to read a fab Q&A with Rose – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Rose?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Rose Mannering


Paula Rawsthorne

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Paula Rawsthorne is one of the winners of the Undiscovered Voices 2010 competition and the 2004 winner of the BBC’s ‘Get Writing’ competition. Her comedy THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT was read by Bill Nighy on BBC Radio 4 and chosen for Pick of the Week.  Her unsettling story IN ATTENDENCE was published by Route in an anthology of contemporary fiction called IDEAS ABOVE OUR STATION (reviewed in The Guardian).  In 2008 Route also published her short story THE ACCESSORY in an anthology entitled BONNE ROUTE which also received good reviews. She lives in Nottingham with her husband and children. 

Find out more about Paula on her facebook page here

Check out Paula’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on lunaslittlelibrary.wordpress.com run by @lunaslibrary where we get to read a fab Q&A with Paula – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Paula?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Paula Rawsthorne?


Dawn Kurtagich

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Dawn Kurtagich is a writer of creepy, spooky and psychologically sinister YA fiction, where girls may descend into madness, boys may see monsters in men, and grown-ups may have something to hide. Her debut YA novel, The Dead House, is forthcoming from Orion/Indigo (UK) and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (US) in 2015. 

By the time she was eighteen, she had been to fifteen schools across two continents. The daughter of a British globe-trotter and single mother, she grew up all over the place, but her formative years were spent in Africa—on a mission, in the bush, in the city and in the desert.

She has been lucky enough to see an elephant stampede at close range, a giraffe tongue at very close range, and she once witnessed the stealing of her (and her friends’) underwear by very large, angry baboons. (This will most definitely end up in a book . . . ) While she has quite a few tales to tell about the jumping African baboon spider, she tends to save these for Halloween! 

When she was sixteen, she thought she’d be an astronomer and writer at the same time, and did a month-long internship at Cambridge’s prestigious Cavendish Laboratories. 

She writes over at the YA Scream Queens, a young adult blog for all things horror and thriller, and she is a member of the YA League.

Her life reads like a YA novel.

Check out Dawn’s website here

Check out Dawn’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on wesatdown.blogspot.com run by @wesatdown where we get to read a fab Q&A with Dawn chatting about creepy books and romance – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Dawn?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Dawn Kurtagich?

Check out a spotlight on The Dead House here

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My post from The Dead House Audio Tour here

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My post from The Dead House Mirror Tour here


Robin Stevens

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Robin Stevens was born in California and grew up in an Oxford college, across the road from the house where Alice in Wonderland lived. She has been making up stories all her life.

When she was twelve, her father handed her a copy of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and she realised that she wanted to be either Hercule Poirot or Agatha Christie when she grew up. When it occurred to her that she was never going to be able to grow her own spectacular walrus moustache, she decided that Agatha Christie was the more achieveable option.

She spent her teenage years at Cheltenham Ladies’ College, reading a lot of murder mysteries and hoping that she’d get the chance to do some detecting herself (she didn’t). She then went to university, where she studied crime fiction, and now she works at a children’s publisher, which is pretty much the best day job she can imagine.

Robin now lives in Cambridge with her boyfriend and her pet bearded dragon, Watson.

Check out Robin’s fab website here

Check out Robins’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on pentopaperblog.com run by @pentopaperblog where we get to read a fab Q&A with Robin talking about how baking is just like writing a mystery! – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Robin?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Robin Stevens?

Check out what happened at the Arsenic For Tea launch party here

Check out this fab guest post from Robin about Trains and First Class Murder here


Natasha Ngan

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Hi! I’m Natasha, a 24 year old YA author from Hertfordshire, UK. I love books almost more than anything. I have always (only) wanted to be an author, and as cheesy as it sounds, I still can’t believe that my dream has come true. Follow this blog to hear about my publication journey, thoughts on writing, and news about my books.

I am represented by Nicola Barr at Greene & Heaton. My debut novel The Elites is out now from Hot Key Books, and my second novel The Memory Keepers is out in September 2014.

I’m also a social media freelancer and co-owner and editor of fashion blog Girl in the Lens. If you’re interested in fashion or photography (or just like looking at pretty pictures), why not check it out!

For more about Natasha check out her website here

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Natasha?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Natasha Ngan?


Eve Ainsworth

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This is just a little bit of me. A teen author and experienced school speaker.

I’m represented by Stephanie Thwaites at Curtis Brown.

I am teen Author with my debut YA novel – Seven Days having just been published by Scholastic in Feb 2015.

One bully. One Target. Two Victims.

”What makes the book interesting is that we see the bullying from both sides. It is a gritty and painful tale – “people always find a weakness,” – but ultimately one of redemption…the characters are strong and the message important.” –  Martin Chilton, Culture Editor online at the Daily Telegraph

My Adult comedy novel – The Blog of Maisy Malone – is available on Amazon in Kindle format for instant download, and also in paperback.

My second novel will be published by Scholastic in February 2016

For more information about Eve check out her website here

Check out Eve’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on thebeautyofliterature.com run by @emmaswriting where we get to read a fab interview with Eve ! – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Eve?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Eve Ainsworth?

See my review of the wonderful 7 Days here

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My Q&A with a twist with one of the characters from 7 Days here

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Find out what we got up to at the Scholastic Blogger Brunch here


Gary Meehan

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Gary Meehan is the author of the highly anticipated True Fire, the first book in a huge new YA series. Gary was born in Bolton, Lancashire, and was educated at Lincoln College, Oxford, the University of Aberdeen and the University of Warwick.

To find out more about Gary and his books please visit his website here

Check out Gary’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on darkreaders.com run by @DarkRReviews where we get to read a fab interview with Gary  – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Gary?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Gary Meehan?


Janet Edwards

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Janet Edwards grew up in prosaic England, but also shared the lives of amazing people in fantastic worlds. She explored the past, the future, the paranormal, the alternate Earths, and the worlds beyond the fields we know or hidden in the shadows of our own reality. Her guides were books, some written by authors still famous and others by authors already forgotten. Those authors have hundreds of individual names, but they have one title in common. They were all Expert Dreamers.

After growing bored with work involving tedious technical facts, Janet made a break for freedom through a magical wardrobe and is now training as an Apprentice Dreamer. She has a husband, a son, a lot of books, and an aversion to housework.

To find out more about Janet and her books please visit her website here

Check out Janet’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on georgelesterwrites.com run by @thegeorgelester where we get to read a fab interview with Janet  – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Janet?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Janet Edwards?


Sarah Naughton

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My first book, The Hanged Man Rises, a Victorian supernatural thriller for teenagers, was published by Simon and Schuster in February 2013. My second, The Blood List, set in rural England during the 17th century witch-trials, which was out in February 2014.

I live in London with my family, a stone’s throw away from the dreaded Devil’s Acre.

Find out more about Sarah here

Check out Sarah’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on flutteringbutterflies.com run by @cloverness where we get to read a fab interview with Sarah!  Darkness, families, superstitions and more  – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Sarah?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Sarah Naughton?


Keris Stainton

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My mum always claimed that when she lived in America for a year, my dad wrote to her every day and, in one of his letters, proposed. My dad denied this. But when she got home they got married anyway. In 1966 they emigrated to Canada. They’d wanted to go to New Zealand, but it was full. 

 I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, which, by all accounts, is very cold. And also hot. But when I was four months old, my parents moved back to the UK. Don’t worry, they brought me too – this isn’t a misery memoir. And so I grew up on the Wirral. You probably haven’t heard of it. 

 When I was 18 I moved to London and, a few years later, after meeting and falling in love with (I don’t mean “at first sight”. At first sight, I didn’t like him and he didn’t like me either. But that’s another story) a fellow northerner we moved back “up north”. Now we live in Lancashire (which is lovely, particularly when it’s not raining. Which is about two weeks a year) with our two ridiculously gorgeous sons and a pug. Okay, we haven’t got a pug, but maybe if I write it here it will come true. If you write it, pugs will come.

 I’ve been writing stories for as long as I can remember (I spent much of my teen years writing stories about George Michael falling in love with me so I’ve obviously always had a good imagination), but I didn’t write a novel until 2004 when I took part in National Novel Writing Month. I haven’t quite finished that one yet (!), but I have finished a few others.

 I now write full time and I think it’s probably the best job in the world. Although if George Clooney is ever looking for an underpant-wrangler, I’ll probably apply.

Check out Keris’s website for more here

Check out Keris’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on overflowinglibrary.com run by @overflowingklc where we get to read a fab interview with Keris!  – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Keris?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Keris Stainton?

Check out my review of an adult novel by Keris – All I Want For Christmas here


Bali Rai

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I was born in Leicester in 1971 and grew up in a multicultural, multi-racial community close to the city centre. As a child I dreamt about three things – playing football for Liverpool FC, being Bob Marley and becoming a writer. At the age of eleven I read the book that would inspire me to write. It was The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend. Other authors had inspired me to write for fun (Roald Dahl in particular) but it was Sue Townsend who became a true role model. From that point writing became an important hobby and I practiced almost every day. I read countless books, often copying an author’s style in order to find my own.

 Since those early days I have continued to write stories about teenagers and also branched into the younger market with my Soccer Squad series. I am often asked to go abroad to talk about my work and have also appeared on television and radio. In 2010 Rani & Sukh became a set-text for GCSE, something that I never thought would happen. My aim has always been to write the sort of books me and my mates (many of whom didn’t read) would have loved at school. Reading for pleasure is a passion for me and I try to instill that in everyone I talk to. I hope to continue writing for a long as I can.

I am a massive fan of reggae music and Liverpool FC. I also read every day (my favourite genre is crime fiction) although not always fiction. I believe that non-fiction, graphic novels, comics and newspapers etc…are just as valid as forms of reading. I also love to cook, to travel and to watch film.

Check out Bali’s website for more here

Check out Bali’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on books4teens.co.uk run by @thatjessiebloke where we get to read a fab Q&A with Bali!  – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Bali?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Bali Rai?


Kate Ormand

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Kate Ormand is YA author of DARK DAYS and THE WANDERERS. She lives in the UK with her family, her partner, and a cocker spaniel called Freddie. She graduated from university with a first class degree in Fine Art Painting. It was during this course that Kate discovered her love of reading YA books, prompting her to try a new creative angle and experiment with writing. Kate is also member and co-creator of an online group of published writers and illustrators called Author Allsorts. And she writes children’s picture books under the name Kate Louise. Kate is represented by Isabel Atherton at Creative Authors Ltd.

For more about Kate please visit her website here

Check out Kate’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on day-dreamers-world.blogspot.co.uk run by @daydreamsworld where we get to read a fab interview with Kate!  – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Kate?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Kate Ormand?


Rachel Ward

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I’m a fortysomething author, currently writing novels for teenagers and young adults (some adults like them too). My first novel, Numbers, was published in January 2009, and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and won regional prizes in the UK and Germany including the Angus Book Award, the Oxfordshire Book Award and the Salisbury Schools Book Award. The Chaos, was published in 2010, and the final book in the trilogy, Infinity, in 2011. My fourth book, The Drowning, is published in the UK in May 2013 and in Germany in December 2013.

I live in Bath, UK, with my husband and two children

For more about Rachel please visit her website here

Check out Rachel’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on maiamoorereads.blogspot.co.uk run by @maiamoorereads where we get to read a fab interview with Rachel!  – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Rachel?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Rachel Ward?


Alan Gibbons

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Alan Gibbons has been writing children’s books for twenty three years. He is the winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2000 ‘The book I couldn’t put down’ for his best-selling book Shadow of the Minotaur. He was a judge of the 2001 Awards.

He has also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal in 2001 and 2003 and twice for the Booktrust Teenage Prize. He has won the Blue Peter Book Award ‘The Book I Couldn’t Put Down’, the Catalyst Award, the Leicester Book of the Year, the Leicester Short Novel of the year, the Angus Book of the Year, the RED Award (twice), the Stockport Book Award, the Birmingham Chills Award, the Salford KS4 Award, the Hackney Short Novel Award and the Salford Librarians’ Special Award. His books have been published in Japanese, German, Italian, French, Thai, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Swedish and other languages.

Alan was a teacher for 16 years, working with KS1, KS2 and KS3. He has made numerous visits to schools and libraries, colleges and education conferences in the UK and overseas, speaking at the AISA and ECIS conferences in Nairobi and Istanbul. He is a popular speaker at the Edinburgh Festival, the London Book Fair, the Northern Children’s Book Festival, the Hay-on-Wye Festival, the Cheltenham Festival and many others.

 For more about Alan please visit his website here

Check out Alan’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on bethkemp.co.uk run by @bethkemp where we get to read a fab interview with Alan!  – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Alan?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Alan Gibbons?


Christina Banach

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While I was at university I had some weird and not-so-wonderful holiday jobs: packing eggs into boxes, sexing day-old chickens (don’t ask!), cleaning breathing apparatus in a steel foundry (boring but there were lots of cute boys working there), admin in the local motor tax office (you wouldn’t believe what went on in that place), and serving in a baker’s shop (now that was fun work: all that cake. Yum!). In those days, I could eat my bodyweight in cake. Shh! Don’t tell anyone, but I still can. 

 But it wasn’t all hard graft during the holidays. I also managed to squeeze in time, near the end of the summer, to go backpacking around Europe with a friend. I was always a bit skint though – those temporary jobs didn’t pay much – but it was fun: eating street food, staying in youth hostels and cheap b&bs, sleeping on the pavement outside a railway station (NOT to be recommended so don’t even think about it!) and even kipping overnight on the train. Can you imagine spending thirty-six hours on a wooden bench? I did that once. My bum aches just thinking about it!

 After uni I trained to be a teacher, which led to a long career in education. Nowadays I’m a full-time writer, and I live in Scotland with my husband and two rescue dogs. Given my history you’ve probably worked out that I’m not exactly a teenager. Let me tell you though, I’m still a teen inside – maybe that’s why I love to write for young adults

  For more about Christina please visit his website here

Check out Christina’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on sisterspooky.co.uk run by @sisterspooky where we get to read a fab interview with Christina!  – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Christina?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Christina Banach?


Hilary Freeman

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I’m an experienced freelance journalist, novelist and agony aunt, as well as a frequent contributor to radio and TV programmes, especially on health and relationship issues.

I write regular features for national newspapers and magazines and I am currently a relationship adviser for askthesite. I’ve also been the agony aunt for Sky.com and for CosmoGirl! magazine.

I’ve had six novels published for teenagers and young adults

I live in Camden Town, North London.

  For more about Hilary please visit his website here

Check out Hilary’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on bookpassionforlife.blogspot.com run by @bookpforlife where we get to read a fab interview with Hilary!  – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Hilary?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Hilary Freeman?


C J Daugherty

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A former crime reporter, political writer and investigative journalist, I’m now a full-time novelist.

I’ve never done anything much for a living except write. In my deep and distant past, I worked for several US newspapers, including the Savannah Morning News and the Dallas Morning News. For a few years I was a stringer for Reuters in New Orleans.

I’ve written books about travel in Paris and Ireland for Time Out and Frommers.

There was also a time when I worked for the British government.

But that’s another story.

Night School was my first novel. The Night School series has been translated into twenty-two languages so far.

Find out more about CJ by checking out her website here

Check out C J’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on misschaptersreviews.blogspot.com run by @georginatranter where we get to read a fab interview with CJ!  – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask CJ?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for CJ Daugherty?


Lou Morgan

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Lou Morgan is an award-nominated adult and YA author. Her first novel, Blood and Feathers – an adult urban fantasy – was published by Solaris Books in 2012 and the follow-up, Blood and Feathers: Rebellion, was released in the summer of 2013.

Her first YA novel, Sleepless, will be published by Stripes / Little Tiger Press as part of their Red Eye horror series in January 2015.

She has been nominated for three British Fantasy Awards (Best Newcomer and twice for Best Fantasy Novel) and her short stories have appeared in anthologies from Solaris Books, PS Publishing and Jurassic. She has also written genre novel-related features for magazines including Future Publishing’s SFX.

Born in Wales and a graduate of University College London, she now lives in Bath with her family.

Find out more about Lou by checking out her website here

Check out Lou’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on bookishtreasures.blogspot.co.uk run by @loopy_lu_ where we get to read a fab interview with …..super blogger Laura and Lou asking the questions!  – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Lou?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Lou Morgan?

Being a huge fan of Point Horror I invited Lou to talk about it – here

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A guest post by Lou about the Babadook and Inspiration for Sleepless here

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A Spotlight on Sleepless by Lou Morgan here


Emma Haughton

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I grew up in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, which I always thought was the most boring place in the world, but now can see wasn’t such a bad place to grow up at all.

After a stint au pairing in Paris – I got terribly homesick and a bit plump on patisserie – and some half-hearted attempts to backpack across Europe, I did a degree in English and got a job as a journalist on a trade paper. When I got bored of writing about computers, I swapped to articles for national newspapers on everything from making compost to family holidays in Sweden.

My first attempt at fiction was a picture book called Rainy Day, published by Transworld. I also wrote a number of books for schools about things like death and stress and drug abuse. Cheerful stuff!

Now I write thrillers for teenagers and young adults – the first, Now You See Me, is coming out with Usborne on 1st May 2014. I’m addicted to intriguing stories – whether in books or on TV or the big screen – and that feeling of desperately needing to know what’s going on and what happens next. That’s what I aim for in my own novels, and what I hope you’ll enjoy when you read them.

Check out Emma’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on yayeahyeah.com run by @yayeahyeah where we get to read about Emma’s favourite childhood reads!  – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Emma?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Emma Haughton?


Leila Rasheed

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 My first book was called Chips, Beans and Limousines. It was a Red House Read of the Year in 2009, and was shortlisted for the Wigan Explore Book award.  There are two sequels. I’m currently working on a new book and writing publisher-led fiction for Working Partners and Disney Hyperion (USA). My series for Working Partners is called The Witch of Turlingham Academy and is published under the name Ellie Boswell. My series for Disney Hyperion is called At Somerton and is published under my own name.

I also lead creative writing workshops, critique manuscripts (only fiction for children and teenagers) and mentor people who are writing for children or teenagers.

For more about Leila please check out her website here

Check out Leila’s #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA post featured on charliotherworld.blogspot.com run by @charli_TAW where we get to read a fab interview with Leila!  – HERE!

Unable to attend #UKYAEXTRAVAGANZA?  Do you have a question you would like me to ask Leila?  Tweet me using the link below and I will feature the best question with the answer on my write up of the day on my post on the 02/03/2015! 🙂

Question for Leila Rasheed?


So that’s it!  All 35 wonderful authors that are appearing at #ukyaextravaganza on Saturday 28/02/2015 and all 35 super awesome bloggers who have been part of the tour.  What a fab blog tour and I cannot wait for the event!

Be sure to check out my write up of the event here


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9 thoughts on “Tales Post – UKYA Extravaganza Birmingham Blog Tour

  1. rosyiebaillie@gmail.com'Rosie

    I’m really looking forward to this event! So nice that the YA genre is getting an event and that it’s in the Midlands, rather than London.

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