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Tales Q&A with Lisa Heathfield and Me!


Today is my stop on the fab #YAShot2018 Blog Tour and I have been paired with the wonderful Lisa Heathfield!

YA Shot is an author-run, author-led Young Adult and Middle Grade festival that raises the money and resources to run a year-long programme pairing libraries and schools for free author events to foster a love of reading, inspire a passion for writing, and encourage aspirations to careers in the Arts. We believe in equal access to books and opportunities for all – YA Shot brings UKYA and UKMG authors together to pursue that goal, supporting libraries and young people across the country.

So for our stop I wanted you all to get to know a little bit more about Lisa and in turn Lisa thought it would be fun for people to know me a little better too….


‘Trust Us’ the Kindreds tell Pearl and so she does.

A thrilling story of life in a cult.

Fifteen-year-old Pearl has lived her whole life protected within the small community at Seed, where they worship Nature and idolise their leader, Papa S. When some outsiders arrive, everything changes. Pearl experiences feelings that she never knew existed and begins to realise that there is darkness at the heart of Seed.  A darkness from which she must escape, before it’s too late.

A chilling and heartbreaking coming-of-age story of life within a cult, Seed was shortlisted for the Waterstones’ Children’s Book Prize in 2016. 

Stand By Me meets We Were Liars – a heartbreaking and stunning breakout novel for teenagers from the award-nominated author of Seed.

June’s life at home with her stepmother and stepsister is a dark one – and a secret one. Not even her father knows about it. She’s trapped like a butterfly in a jar.

But then she meets Blister, a boy in the woods. And in him, June recognises the tiniest glimmer of hope that perhaps she can find a way to fly far, far away. But freedom comes at a price . . . 

Paper Butterflies is an unforgettable read, perfect for fans of Lisa Williamson’s The Art of Being Normal, Sarah Crossan’s Moonrise, Jandy Nelson, Jennifer Niven and Louise O’Neill.

The stunning new novel from award-shortlisted Lisa Heathfield, author of Seed and Paper Butterflies. Perfect for fans of Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places, Lisa Williamson, Sarah Crossan and Sara Barnard.

Rita and Lo, sisters and best friends, have spent their lives on the wing – flying through the air in their trapeze act, never staying in one place for long. Behind the greasepaint and the glitter, they know that the true magic is the family they travel with.

Until Lo meets a boy. Suddenly, she wants nothing more than to stay still. And as secrets start to tear apart the close-knit circus community, how far will Lo go to keep her feet on the ground?

Flight of a Starling is a heartbreaking read with an important message.

You can buy any of Lisa’s books here or from your local bookshop!


Hi Lisa!  I’m so happy to have you here on Tales again!  You are one of my absolute favourite authors so it’s an absolute honour.

So here’s how this will work….

We each ask each other a question.  Any question.  About anything at all.  And we both have to answer!

Here we go!

What is your favourite smell?

Lisa – Our boys’ hair. From when they were babies to now, it’s the best smell ever.

Chelle – For me its a toss up between talc powder (that fresh baby smell) and Lush Snow Fairy shower gel!  I have to buy it every Christmas!

Name a favourite memory from  your childhood.

Lisa – Lying on my belly in the grass reading a book.

Chelle – Oh I have lots of childhood memories!  When I think of my childhood I think of wandering off with my brother in the woods for hours in a place we used to spend a lot of time when we were kids and him scaring me and my sister about ghosts that haunted the woods.  As I got older a favourite childhood memory is devouring a Point Horror every weekend and trying to collect them all (I still am!)

Where is your favourite place?

Lisa – Either in the Brighton sea in winter, or in the middle of nowhere on the Isle of Mull in Scotland.

Chelle – Kind of related to my above answer, but one of my fave places is a little place called Arley near Bewdley.  I spent a lot of time there when I was younger and when I visit there now it just makes me relax.  It’s so peaceful and full of so many memories.

Name the last thing that made you smile.

Lisa – hugging my boys this morning.

Chelle – Same for me too…..hugging my son!  So much love in one hug!

What is your favourite song?

Lisa – Any and every Gospel song.

Chelle – Mine is so different!  I have so many it hard to pick just one!  If I had to chose I would say Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana!  So much of my teenage years revolved around this song!  From blasting it out on my stereo to trying to learn it on guitar!  I love it!  Even to this day when it comes on my Spotify playlist I have to turn the volume up!

Chelle – In complete contrast my favourite ever line from a song is “I’ll never let your head, hit the bed, without my hand behind it” from Your Body Is A Wonderland by John Mayer.  Yes it’s cheesy and embarrassing but that one line is just pure love and romance to me!

What is you favourite book?

Lisa – I’ve three: The Folk Of The Faraway Tree – Enid Blyton, The Book Thief – Markus Zusak and As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner

Chelle – As we were only meant to pick one Lisa and you picked three 🙂 …. I am cheating and picking two!  Watership Down by Richard Addams and One Day by David Nicholls.  Both very different books but both so brilliant!  I love them!

Name your favourite word.

Lisa – It changes, but at the moment it’s ‘fold’

Chelle – I’m not sure I have a favourite word!  What does that even mean?!  Should I have a favourite word?  Hmmmmmmm…..I am going to say “love” just to go along with my cheesy theme above!

What is your favourite line from a book?

Lisa – ‘My mother is a fish.’ – From As I Lay Dying.

Chelle – This changes quite a lot for me as sometimes I read a sentence in a book and get swept away completely by just that one line and I think wow.  But I do have a favourite line that left me quite breathless if that’s even possible when I read it……  “I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once” from The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.  Pure perfection in a sentence.

Name a book you want to read, but haven’t yet!

Lisa – I’ve wanted to read Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte, for years and years. A friend bought me a beautiful copy of it after we went to visit the Bronte’s house in Haworth, but for some reason I keep saving it…

Chelle – Good call with Wuthering Heights as I have never read it either!  Even though I keep saying I will!  I have so many books and so little time, but I think for me it’s To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  Why have I never read this?!

Name a book that you would give as a present

Lisa – It changes, but at the moment it’s Moonrise, by Sarah Crossan. I’ve also given a fair few people The Book Thief. And Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses.

Chelle – Mine changes too and without sounding too cheesy I would give your books, Lisa, as presents as they are all wonderful!  I would also include All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven and One Day as those books have my heart!

Where is your favourite place to read?

Lisa – if it could be absolutely anywhere, it’d have to be in a field with really long grass and me and a book sunk into the middle of it where no one can see.

Chelle – I love to read sitting on the hill at my favourite place mentioned above.  Other than that snuggling up in bed for a good read is perfect!

And your favourite place to write?

Lisa – I write every day at my kitchen table and that’s a nice place to be.

Chelle – I normally just write at my desk in my little office at home, but I attended a writing outdoors workshop at YALC a few years ago and it’s honestly so inspiring to sit and listen to all the sounds around you whilst you are writing!

Name a book that you wish you had written

Lisa – The Hunger Games – not just because it’s brilliant, but because I would love to spend months in that world with those characters.

Chelle – One Day by David Nicholls.  What a book!  Or basically any book that makes you feel such emotion that you cry just thinking about it!  I would love to write something that people have that much of an emotional connection to.

Or It by Stephen King! 🙂

You can buy any of Lisa’s books here or from your local bookshop!


About Lisa Heathfield

Before becoming a mum to her three sons, Lisa Heathfield was a secondary school English teacher and loved inspiring teenagers to read.

Award-winning author Lisa Heathfield launched her writing career with SEED in 2015. Published by Egmont it is a stunning YA debut about a life in cult. PAPER BUTTERFLIES is her beautiful and heart-breaking second novel. FLIGHT OF A STARLING, her third novel is equally heart-breaking and contains an important message.

Lisa lives in Brighton with her family.

You can follow Lisa on Twitter – @LisaHeathfield


Previously On Tales….

You can find previous Lisa Heathfield related posts on Tales by clicking on the below links!

Tales Review – Seed by Lisa Heathfield

Tales Q&A with Lisa Heathfield

Cover Reveal – Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield

Tales Review – Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield


Giveaway

With thanks to the lovely people at Electric Monkey myself and YA Shot 2 sets of Lisa’s books to giveaway to two lucky winners!

You can enter via my twitter here

UK Only

Ends 04/04/2018

Good Luck!


Blog Tour

Make sure you follow the rest of the fab YA Shot 2018 Blog Tour!


A huge thank you to Lisa for such a fab post and for asking me to join in and to Electric Monkey for the giveaway.  Also a huge thank you to YA Shot for having me and for pairing me with Lisa.

Have you read any of Lisa’s books?  Are you intrigued? Are you going to YA Shot?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this post or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

Happy Reading

Guest Post – Celebrating YA by Cynthia Murphy


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Today I am honoured to bring to you a brilliant guest post from awesome blogger, writer, friend and basically all round awesome human being who I hugely admire, the lovely Cynthia Murphy.

Cynthia has been doing a fantastic job blogging recently about mental health in UKYA and following an article that was released this week (that shall not be named) asked if I would feature a guest post here on Tales.

I jumped at the chance and can confirm that and can confirm that this blog post is glitter free…..


Celebrating YA

Another week, another article shaming young adult literature.  Is it just me, or is it getting boring now?

Yes.  Yes, it is.

I’m proud to say that I, unlike some newspapers which shall remain nameless, have been busy setting up a blog series that actually celebrates YA, instead of constantly tearing it down.  I have actually read these books and loved them, just like many of you.

My first post was on Halloween reads – all a far cry from cute and glittery, without a manic pixie dream boy in sight.  There’s some cracking teen horror around at the moment (I’m 32 and had to read FROZEN CHARLOTTE with the lights on) that has come a long way since the Point Horrors I read as a teen.  You can see the rest of my creepy reading recs here.

Yesterday, I posted something very close to my heart – Mental Health in UKYA.  The books I covered were all excellent examples of how young adult literature is making a difference for readers.  In five book recommendations (which you can see here

I had covered PTSD, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, agoraphobia, OCD and attempted suicide.  Two of those books just happened to be titles from Zoella’s book club, the very one that was unnecessarily criticised this week.  Yet I think these books are important, not only because they allow readers to explore content they may not be familiar with, but because they are good.  They are well written, adventurous and often hilarious.  They allow you to see yourself in the character.  They make you laugh, cry and gain empathy and understanding of serious topics in a compelling way.  What’s so cute and glittery about that?

As I’ve been concentrating on UKYA, I’m delighted to be guest blogging for Chelley, as this way I’m able to recommend some more wonderful, important books from around the world. As far as I’m concerned they’re all excellent depictions of a wide range of issues and genres, as well as being fabulously well written.  I hope you agree and that you find your next great read amongst the list!

The Micah Grey Trilogy by L.R. Lam

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One of the most beautifully written fantasy worlds I’ve ever come across.  This series has just been re-released and features an intersex main character who craves freedom and runs away to the circus.  I dare you not to fall in love with Micah.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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This book made me laugh, ugly cry and feel all the feelings.  It touches on the issues of growing up as a mixed race teen, poverty and abuse, all while making you yearn for first kisses and hand holding on the bus.  Plus, I really want to borrow Park’s X-Men comics.

The Spinster Club Series by Holly Bourne

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Holly has captured exactly what it’s like to be going through sixth form and does it with real feeling and some pee-inducing laughs.  Though the books link together, each can be picked up as a stand-alone and they cover mental health, drinking, dodgy dates, split families and feminism.  Oh, and how could I forget the cheesy snacks?

Crush by Eve Ainsworth

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A story told from two points of view, Crush examines an abusive relationship as it plays out, from start to finish.  It’s beautifully done and not only looks at why the relationship is wrong, but what leads both parties to act the way they do.  Important and empathetic.

You can check out a Tales Of Yesterday review of Crush here

Or a Q&A with Eve Ainsworth here

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

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Parker Grant is one of my favourite characters.  Yes, she’s blind, but she’s bolshy, bright and full of resolve, too.  She has taught herself to navigate around her home town, but finding her way through family problems and relationships proves a lot more difficult…

Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield

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Heart. Wrenching.  Paper Butterflies examines the physical and mental abuse of June, a character you will want to wrap up in a blanket and hold until it’s all over.  The ending was a million miles away from what I expected and absolutely broke me.  An important lesson on why you should always speak out and characters you won’t forget in a hurry.

Well, there you have it. I could go on and on and on but I think I’ve made my point.  YA is exploring important topics in amazing ways and if you don’t believe me, give one of the books above a try and let me know how it goes.

You can find a Tales Of Yesterday review of Paper Butterflies here

You can find my Celebrating #UKYA series over at The Scribblers (https://thescribblersonline.com/) where I will be covering a different topic every two weeks.  The next one will be live on Friday 25th November and is on those books that are breaking taboos in UKYA, including the fabulous ASKING FOR IT by Louise O’Neill and THE ART OF BEING NORMAL by Lisa Williamson, to name just two.

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You can find a Tales Of Yesterday review of The Art Of Being Normal here

Or a character Q&A with Lisa Williamson here

I hope to hear from some of you with your thoughts and recommendations and if a certain newspaper is reading, I’d be happy to write you some honest reviews of books I have actually read


About Cynthia Murphy

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Cynthia is a primary school teacher from Manchester who loves to read, write, bake and eat. She will read anything and everything and favourites include The Historian, The Secret Garden, Harry Potter and Eleanor & Park, to name a few. She’s inspired by her travels and believes that magic is real…

Cynthia also blogs over at https://cynthiamurphywrites.wordpress.com where she has documented how meeting her literary agent led to a breast cancer diagnosis.

She is currently editing her debut novel, a contemporary middle grade mystery and is repped by Nicola Barr at Greene and Heaton.

You can follow Cynthia on twitter – @Cyn_Murphy

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The home of The Scribblers – a group of writers on a whirlwind adventure from slush pile to publication – from slush to lush! The Scribblers are a group of writers who first met on the CBC Online Writing for Children Course with Catherine Johnson in Autumn 2015.

https://thescribblersonline.com/


A huge thank you to Cynthia for such a fab guest post!

Have you read any of these brilliant books? What books would you recommend?  I would love to here from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of the page or tweet me on twitter using @ChelleyToy !

Happy Reading!

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Review – Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield


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June’s life at home with her stepmother and stepsister is a dark one – and a secret one. Not even her father knows about it. She’s trapped like a butterfly in a net. 

But then she meets Blister, a boy in the woods. And in him, June recognises the tiniest glimmer of hope that perhaps she can find a way to fly far, far away from home and be free. Because every creature in this world deserves their freedom . . . but at what price?

Paper Butterflies is an unforgettable read, perfect for fans of Lisa Williamson’s The Art of Being Normal, Jandy Nelson, Sarah Crossan and Louise O’Neill.


Publisher – Electric Monkey

Date Published – 30th June 2016

Pages – 320 pages

Format – Paperback

Category – UK YA

Source –

I was originally sent a review proof copy of this book by the wonderful Maggie at Electric Monkey!   This does not affect my review or my opinions in any way and am delighted to write an honest review.  Thank you all for sending this to me to read!


** Please note Tales Of Yesterday Reviews are written as spoiler free as possible**


Since blogging I have met some wonderful lovely genuine people.  One of those people is the lovely Lisa Heathfield author of this wonderful book!  After bonding over twitter and meeting up in real life I can honestly say that I feel honoured and very proud to know Lisa.  I think Lisa will agree that we became instant friends and I feel like I have known Lisa all my life! 

I feel very proud to be reviewing this book on my blog and my friendship with Lisa by no means affects my views and thoughts on the book in anyway.  I hope my words speak for themselves about how wonderful this book really is!


Sometimes a book comes along that makes a footprint on your memory and your heart for a long long time.

Sometimes forever.

Paper Butterflies is that book for me.  It tore my heart completely and left me crying, thinking about the book and its characters long after finishing.

An emotional tale of an abusive childhood, growing up, friendship, love, forgiveness and choosing left or right.

It’s no secret that I was a huge huge fan of Lisa’s debut, Seed, and whilst Paper Butterflies is very different to Seed, Lisa’s writing has gone from strength to strength. Lisa has again captured my heart with her beautiful writing and characters that you care so much about and also characters that you loathe more than words can say.

Paper Butterflies tells the heart-breaking story of June who following her Mother’s death years earlier and following her Father’s remarriage, is being physically and mentally abused by her step mother , Kathleen *rages*.

The story is told from June’s perspective and split into Before and After in consecutive chapters.  The Before chapters are her younger self telling us her story in that moment and we watch June grow and tell her story as each chapter is told.  The After chapters are June looking back and reflecting on her life and particular moments of her life, trying to deal with everything and trying to make sense of her past.

From the first couple of pages as you begin to realise what is happening to June your heart just breaks for her and you want to reach directly into the pages and help her, comfort her and protect her.  Lisa Heathfield is both sensitive about the subject matter but does not sugar coat anything at all.  The abuse that June suffers is shocking as Lisa Heathfield does not hold back with her writing.

One solace that June finds in the hell that she is living is a friendship with a boy called Blister.  I adored Blister so much with all my heart.  Very much a free spirit, and brilliant at creating items out of paper, June meets Blister at some old caravans in the middle of the woods and they soon become the best of friends.  You see them grow up together on the page becoming closer and closer.  June becomes herself and into her own when Blister is around.

Blister’s family were the complete contrast to June’s and I loved them so much.  They welcome June with open arms and make her feel welcome and like she is part of their family.

There are so many beautiful scenes in this book, but one scene that sticks in my mind the most is a scene where June and Blister have to lay down in a trailer under some tarpaulin.  It is the most intimate and beautiful moment between June and Blister and you feel June’s happiness shining off the page just in this one particular moment.  It’s beautiful.  I also loved the Paper Butterflies scene. If you have read it you know what scene I mean if you haven’t I don’t want to spoil it for you, but oh my heart!

I think I may have had a slight crush on Blister.

Lisa Heathfield makes it impossible not to connect with these characters emotionally.

There’s also a character called Mickey in the After sections that I loved lots too.

As the book goes on things escalate and escalate and as you see June grow. Then something comes along to strike her down again.  Anyone who has read Seed will know that it’s not only Lisa’s writing that’s powerful but Lisa’s endings are just as powerful and will make any reader a huge hot blubbering mess of tears…..a bit like me after I finished reading this book.

With a broken heart I was left with Paper Butterflies in my tummy!

This story will stay with me for a very long time to come and never fails to bring tears to my eyes just thinking about it.

I highly recommend this book with all of my heart.  Go and read it and fall in love, laugh, cry and go and grab all of the people that you love and hold them tightly.

I award this book 5 out of 5 Tales Of Yesterday books!

1You can buy Paper Butterflies here or from you local bookshop!

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Watch the Paper Butterflies Trailer below!


About Lisa Heathfield

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Lisa Heathfield is a former secondary school English teacher, specializing in working with hearing-impaired children. Seed was her debut novel and Paper Butterflies her second. She lives in Brighton, England, with her husband and three children.

You can find out more about Lisa here or why not follow her on twitter using @lisaheathfield

You can pre order Paper Butterflies here


You can find a review of Lisa’s first book Seed here

Or the cover reveal for Paper Butterflies here

There’s also a Q&A with Lisa Heathfield here

Have you read  Paper Butterflies?  What did you think?  Has this review convinced you to pick up a copy and read?  What do you think of the beautiful cover?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment by clicking the reply button at the top of this page or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

 Happy Reading!

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Cover Reveal – Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield


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In light of the brilliant Waterstones book prize being announced on Thursday this week, 17th March 2016, the lovely people at Electric Monkey thought that it would be the perfect time to share a very exciting final cover reveal!

You can find out more about the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016 and the shortlist here where Seed by Lisa Heathfield amongst other brilliant books have been shortlisted!

It’s no secret that I read and loved Seed by Lisa Heathfield last year!

You can read my review here

I, as well have others, have been waiting in anticipation for Lisa’s next book a standalone called Paper Butterflies ever since it was announced!

I squealed with delight when the proof copy arrived through my door last month!

pbproofI was also so excited to see a quote from my review of Seed inside the proof!  The first time this has happened to me since I started blogging!

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I have read and loved Paper Butterflies so much!  I had Paper Butterflies fluttering in my tummy.  An emotional tale of an abusive childhood, growing up, friendship, love, forgiveness and choosing left or right.

My full review of Paper Butterflies will follow shortly on Tales, but first lets gets down to business!

I am so over the moon to reveal the final beautiful cover for Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield!

A very early version of this cover was sent out with the press release and on Goodreads I think, but this is the final version, front, back and spine designed again by the brilliant Benjamin Hughes and complete with a very special quote……

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I think it captures so many things about this wonderful book!  The paper butterfly, June’s face, the faint outline of the woods and caravan on the back of the cover and a beautiful spine!

I cannot wait to see it on the shelves on the 30th June 2016!

Check out the Paper Butterflies trailer below!


About Lisa Heathfield

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You can find out more about Lisa here or why not follow her on twitter using @lisaheathfield

You can pre order Paper Butterflies here


A huge thank you to Maggie and the team at Electric Monkey for asking me to feature this fab cover!

I previously featured a Q&A with Lisa Heathfield – you can read it here

What do you think?  Have you read Paper Butterflies or are you excited about it’s release?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave me a comment using the reply button at the top of the post or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

Happy Reading and grabbing for those tissues!

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Tale Q&A with Lisa Heathfield


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Today I am proud to bring to you a fab Q&A with debut author of Seed (published 16th April 2015), Lisa Heathfield! 

I have to admit I was over the moon when Electric Monkey contacted me and asked me if I would like to be part of the blog tour for this book!  My fingers could not type fast enough to reply “Yes please”!  I LOVED this book so much!  Most of you may actually already know this from my constant ramblings and saying “read it immediately!” tweets on twitter!

It’s been a few weeks since I read Seed and the feelings I had whilst reading the book and after finishing the book are still with me now!  The sign of a fab book don’t you think?

You can read my spoiler free review of Seed here

I was lucky enough to meet Lisa back in February at the Electric Monkey Blogger Day  (you can find out what we got up to here ) and since then we have kept in regular contact and managed to have a catch up at the UKYABA in March.  I can honestly say Lisa is so so lovely and it feels like I have known her longer than I have.  I feel so privileged to have met her and get to know her.

So join me talking to Lisa all about Pearl, Papa S and the world of Seed, more about Lisa and an infamous trip to Tesco!

A huge thank you to Electric Monkey for having me (especially Maggie for putting up with my fan girl emails!) and another huge thank you to Lisa for answering all my probing questions!


Hi Lisa.  Welcome to Tales Of Yesterday.  Thank you so much for featuring on my blog…I am unbelievably excited and over the moon to have you here!

*Does an excited wiggle*

 Firstly, thank you for writing such a stunning and beautifully written book with Seed…..it took my breath away and broke my heart…a precious gem of a book!

*Holds Seed next to my heart and goes misty eyed*

I have been recommending this book non stop since I read it and it is going to be in my top ten on books I’ve read in 2015 at the end of the year!

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Can you tell us a little about Seed?

Seed is a small, idyllic community. They live in beautiful surroundings, grow all the crops they need to survive and are happy to be cut-off from the Outside. They do not follow a religion – instead they worship Nature and obey the rules of their revered leader, Papa S. On the surface, it could be described as a utopia, yet not far beneath there’s a darkness which threatens to destroy them all. 

You can find my spoiler free review here 

( Warning I may confess my love of this book quite a lot during this review! 🙂 )

 What inspired you to write the story of Pearl and the community of Seed?

I’m not sure where it came from! I was writing another book, when Pearl appeared to me and asked that I write her story instead. With her, came Seed. I had no idea where the story was going to lead – I just held my pen and as I wrote, it was as though I was reading it for the first time. 

 Do you see yourself in any of the characters in Seed or have you used any of your own experiences in the story?

 I don’t see myself in any particular character, although I can definitely see myself being tempted by the good parts of a world like Seed. Although I live in a city, I do also love the more simple life. And I worry about what modern living is doing to our planet – I don’t think it would hurt if we all paid a bit more attention to Nature.

 The scenery and location of Seed reads so beautifully…was this based on a particular place?

The location of Seed really is beautiful. I loved spending so much time there (before the darkness, of course). As with Pearl, it came to me ‘fully formed’. So, although it’s not based on a particular place, it was always completely vivid to me.

 How do you think you would react if you were cut off from the outside world, living in a world or community where you are dependant upon Mother Nature?

 Part of me thinks that I would love it. The modern world does fry my brain slightly, so it’s definitely appealing to think about a place without computers and mobile phones! And I love the idea of a strong community, especially a self-sufficient one. However, I think in reality I would find it too claustrophobic. I would need to have a bit of space. And if I ended up in a community with someone like Papa S, or Kindred John, that would be pretty horrific.

 As a reader I hated Papa S with a passion…did you find writing his character hard?

 He’s hideous, but I didn’t find writing his character difficult. I think it’s because I genuinely believe that I don’t really do the writing – I just hold the pen and my writing spirit does the rest. I always knew that he was horrible, but it’s only reading back now that I realise quite how creepy he is.

 Without spoilers I loved the story you told at the Electric Monkey Blogger Day about when you were in Tesco and an idea for Seed came to you….can you tell us about that?

Well, I didn’t plot Seed, but I think that it was often rumbling round in my subconscious. One day, I’d just come out of the supermarket and was wheeling the trolley to my car, when, like a bolt of lightning, I suddenly realised what was going to happen to one of the characters. I was so shocked – I’d love to see a recording of my reaction! I stopped short and I’m pretty sure I yelled something out.

I would have loved to have seen your reaction too!  Especially when you have since told me which part of the book this was about!

*scours CCTV to find Lisa’s reaction*

 I would love to Seed on the big screen! If you could cast your characters in a big Hollywood film adaptation who would you choose?

It would be amazing, wouldn’t it! I’m going to cheat a bit with some of my answers, because on the blog ‘Forever young Adults’, Jennie chose three characters almost perfectly.

Papa S was Jason Isaacs, Ellis was Douglas Booth and Pearl was Ella Purnell. For me, Pearl is slightly more like Emily Kinney. Mika Boorem would make a brilliant Kate and Marion Cotillard could play Elizabeth. The hardest one for me to cast is Jack – I think Nolan Gerard Funk comes the closest (plus, he has a great name…)

LONDON – FEBRUARY 19; British actor Jason Isaacs poses for a portrait during a photo session for the Jameson Empire Film Awards on 19 February 2010 in London. Isaacs is sitting on the judging panel for the ‘Done in 60 Seconds’ category of the Jameson Empire Film Awards 2010.

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Mika Boorem

 

 

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*Nods approvingly at all of these choices!*

Being a debut author can you tell us a little about yourself?

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Well, I live in Brighton with my husband and three sons. I used to teach English in a secondary school, spending the last couple of years when I was there specialising in teaching hearing-impaired children. I grew up in a large family and was always reading and writing. From a young age, I dreamt of being an author, but up until recently no one had ever read my writing. Never in a million years did I think I’d be good enough. So the fact that I’m being published feels extra unbelievable to me.

 Do you have any strange writing habits?

 I have to use bic biros – I don’t seem to write so well with other biros! Blue, or black, depending on the book I’m writing. I choose the notebook carefully – it has to ‘feel’ right. And if I think I need to get to know the characters better, I take them out of the house with me. I know it sounds weird, but it’s not unusual for them to help me out with the shopping…

 Recently I asked some lovely UKYA authors their thoughts about does music influence their book or their characters. Did music have any influence in Seed?

 I like to write without music – I love silence! And I didn’t find myself connecting any music to Seed, as the community is so detached from any form of ‘popular culture’. However, there is music within it and I love the way that Ellis’ piano playing unlocks something in Pearl.

These are some of my favourite scenes from Seed!

 Thank you so much Lisa for taking the time to answer these questions and feature on Tales Of Yesterday.  It really is an honour and I can’t wait to read more books by Lisa Heathfield in the very near future!

Also another huge thank you to Electric Monkey for having me on the tour and providing me with a copy of Seed !

I urge everyone to read this stunning debut!


On another note Lisa is a huge fan of Jennifer Niven, author of All The Bright Places and with the help of Electric Monkey who listened to my idea and got me a copy of the book quite quickly I managed to give a copy of Seed to Jennifer Niven at a recent event in Birmingham and get a picture for Lisa!

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To say Lisa was over the moon is an understatement!

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 I also bought Lisa a copy of All The Bright Places and got it signed for her!  One happy author!

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Thanks to Maggie and Emily at Electric Monkey who helped me organise this and make Lisa’s day!


You can find out more about Seed which is released on 16th April 2015 or buy a copy here

Or why not follow Lisa on Twitter – @LisaHeathfield

For a cover reveal of Lisa’s second novel Paper Butterflies see here


Follow the rest of this awesome blog tour for Seed!

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Have you read Seed?  What did you think?  Has my review or this Q&A convinced you to go and grab a copy?  Isn’t the cover so pretty!  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment by using the reply button at the top of this post or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

Happy hiding from Papa S….he really is THAT creepy!

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Review – Seed by Lisa Heathfield

 


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Seed loves you. Seed will never let you go. 

Fifteen-year-old Pearl has lived her whole life protected within the small community at Seed, where they worship Nature and idolise their leader, Papa S. When some outsiders arrive, everything changes. Pearl experiences feelings that she never knew existed and begins to realise that there is darkness at the heart of Seed.  A darkness from which she must escape, before it’s too late.

A chilling and heartbreaking coming-of-age story of life within a cult, Seed will take readers on a journey of gripping self-discovery reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale. 


Publisher – Electric Monkey

Date Published – 16th April 2015

Pages – 352 pages

Format – Paperback

Category – UK YA

Source –

I was originally sent a review copy of this book by the wonderful author of the book Lisa Heathfield via Electric Monkey.  I was also lucky enough to attend the Electric Monkey Blogger Day in February and was given another proof copy which I gave away to another blogger who I knew would love the book!  This does not affect my review or my opinions in any way and am delighted to write an honest review.  Thank you all for sending / giving this to me to read!

I have also been extremely lucky and received a finished copy of this book from Lisa as a thank you for arranging a surprise for her recently where I managed to get a finished copy of her book (with thanks to Electric Monkey) to one of her favourite authors, Jennifer Niven and get a picture of Jennifer with the book.  I also bought Lisa a copy of Jennifer’s book and got it signed for her…so as a very unexpected thank you surprise Lisa sent me a finished copy…..and its SO pretty and beautiful with a stunning dedication!!  Thank you Lisa!


** Please note Tales Of Yesterday Reviews are written as spoiler free as possible**


It’s taken me a little longer than normal to write this review!  The reason?  I fell in love with this book from the minute I started reading it right through to the heart stopping end!  This meant that my review may have just contained the words READ THIS BOOK NOW or I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH (which is what I have been telling everyone on twitter) rather than a review so I have taken some time to compose some hopefully thoughtful constructive words that hopefully may do this wonderful book the tiny bit of justice it fully deserves!

*Gulps and takes big breath*

But first lets admire the beauty and prettiness of this book cover!  Its so pretty!  *claps excitedly and bows down to @hungrymarv for designing this cover*

Now we may begin….

Seed is a story about a girl called Pearl who was born into and has only ever known the community of Seed.  Seed worship nature, are a family and look after each other.  They are a community.  They live in the Seed world looked after by mother nature.  They do not know the outside world.  Seed have a hierarchy of Kindred’s who Pearl and the others look up to.  They idolise the leader of Seed, Papa S.

Seed is the story of life lived in a cult.

When Pearl comes of age will it now be her turn to become the companion of Papa S something she has longed for a long time?  But when Ellis, his mom and his younger sister Sophie arrive from the outside world to join Seed Pearl begins to realise that all may not be a safe haven at Seed and everything she has grown up to believe in may all come crashing down.  But Pearl struggles to believe that Seed is something other than what she loves. Papa S and the kindred’s love her and will protect her right?  Seed is her home.  Seed loves her.  Seed will never let her go!

This book is hauntingly beautiful and deals with such sensitive and often rather unnerving subjects and situations.

The book is told from Pearl’s perspective and begins with Pearl coming of age.  A scary time for Pearl as she has no idea what is happening to her and her body.  She believes this is mother nature punishing her and is immediately put through a ritual of being shut in a dark hole for the night as Seed believes, as well as Pearl, that this will make her a woman and she will be able to bear children.  This immediately gives you the setting and feel for the book and the character of Pearl as I felt as a reader I was completely drawn into the book and immediately quite protective over Pearl and fully drawn into the community of Seed.

Pearl is an adorable, innocent character who I wanted to protect and whilst she comes across as slightly naïve at times as a reader you have to remember that this is what she has been born into.  She does not know who her mother is as the women at Seed only birth the children and cannot take that child to be solely theirs.  She knows nothing else, yearns to know who her real mother is but at the same time refuses to believe anything else exists outside of Seed.  Pearl sees the good in everyone even when times get tough.  Pearl believes you should listen only to mother nature…she will save you.  She looks after the younger children and I found it adorable that coming of age to Pearl meant she could grow her hair long and wear unpattern skirts (all patterns are false unless created by nature) a sure sign that she is a woman to Papa S *shivers* More on Papa S later!

Pearl is friends with and has grown up within Seed with curious Kate, who as she has come of age starts to have questions about the community she has been brought up, and growing up quickly to be a man Jack.  What I loved about Kate was that she senses something is not right and is not happy in the community of Seed anymore and feels like there must be more.  With this comes a slight sense of rebellion, but then this is reigned in and controlled by the Kindred’s and as Kate and Pearl experience there are severe punishments afoot for anyone questioning the community and having unclean thoughts against mother nature.  There is a heart stopping scene when Pearl is put in the forgiveness room for such thoughts which made me fearful and turn the pages faster, but shows the controlling ways of certain aspects of Seed!

One of the Kindred’s, Kindred John, invites a family into the community of Seed to “help” them through a tough time in their lives.  With this family piano player Ellis arrives and immediately strikes up a friendship with Pearl, Kate and Jack.  I loved Ellis as a character!  Just loved him!  I loved the way he goes along with things for his Mom’s sake, his protectiveness of his little sister Sophie and his realisation about what is going on in Seed is a revelation.  He’s experienced the world outside of Seed and he knows right from wrong where at Pearl, Kate and Jack only know the community they have grown up in and as far as they are concerned this is the correct way to live and be happy.  Ellis throws everything up in the air asking the question how do you know what you need if you have never seen it?

Once particular scene I loved with the four friends is when they get caught in the rain, take off their clothes and dance in a circle.  This scene is beautifully written and shows the innocence of these children and the simplicity of wanting to just be children and laugh and play.  It shows how strong their friendship is in a single scene.  They are unbreakable.  I also love the way Pearl falls in love with Ellis’s music when he plays the piano…it’s like nothing she has ever heard before and provides one of my favourite quotes from the book.

“It feels like I am underwater at the lake, yet floating through the sky.  There a thousand butterflies dancing on my skin”

For me Lisa Heathfield has created one of the most hated controlling characters I think I have ever read!  In every part of the book that Papa S, the leader of Seed,  is present in it creeped me out.  His presence is so masterful and so superior that I feared every page when he appeared where as Pearl looks up to him and idolises him, but at the same times fears him knowing about anything she shouldn’t be doing or any unclean thoughts about Seed.  As the story plays out it is evident what Papa S intentions are, but whilst this is done quite evidently with Papa S picking a new companion when he chooses, who then has to walk by his side with a flower carefully placed between their lips to indicate the companionship, anything further implied is done off the page but as a reader you get enough sense of what is going on to work out he is a horrid man!  This is obviously exactly what Lisa Heathfield set out to achieve and shows how clever her writing really is as I felt so protective over Pearl and the other children that I hated him and his manipulative ways with a passion and rightly so.  What Lisa creates with Papa S, without it being played out onto the page but more behind the scenes so to speak, is a villain who as a reader you will despise and if you are anything like me shout at the book a million times for Pearl and the others to not want to be his companion and to escape Seed forever!

I don’t want to go into any more for fear of spoiling this precious gem of a book.  For me I was unable to put this book down. This was again due to the writing, the way I felt about the characters and the perfect pacing.  I think I even cried when I had to go to the shops as this book was glued to my hands.  Seed captured me and my imagination completely.  Seed did not want to let me go.  I had to make sure Pearl was okay!  Surely the sign of a fab book!  And the end …..OMG!

Lisa Heathfield’s writing is stunning and beautiful in such a tender way.  Every sentence is enriched with so much care and imaginative description that you fall in love with it.  This is Lisa’s debut!  A debut!  I cannot believe this is a debut book.  It’s inspiring.  I love Lisa’s writing style and this book so much that I am so excited about what is to come next from this wonderful debut author!  I for one cannot wait!

I want to finish this review with a quote from the book that for me highlights the beautiful writing style of Lisa Heathfield, the innocence of Pearl and the controlling ways of Papa S and the hold Seed has on Pearl….just beautiful and I feel this sums up the book really well…

“I always have the same feeling when we drive from Seed to market.  It’s as though a thin blue thread attaches me to my home.  It winds through the lanes, past the hills and houses, a thread that will never break and will always keep me safe.  If I am lost I can always follow it back again, to Papa S.  And attached to it, he will always be able to find me.”

I urge everyone to read this book and experience it’s beauty…my words do not do this book justice…go and experience Seed for yourselves…it will stay with you long after reading….it will never let you go!

I award this book 5 out of 5 Tales Of Yesterday books!

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You can buy the brilliant Seed – Here

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You can find out more about Lisa here or why not follow her on twitter using @lisaheathfield

Want to know more about what we learnt about the book at the Electric Monkey Blogger Day – click here

Find out more about Lisa’s inspiration for Seed here

Or check out the fab Q&A with Lisa Heathfield here

You can also find more reviews for Seed over at LoveReading4Kids here

For a cover reveal of Lisa’s second novel Paper Butterflies see here

Have you read Seed?  What did you think?  Has this review convinced you to pick up a copy and read?  What do you think of the beautiful cover?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment by clicking the reply button at the top of this page or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

 Happy Reading!

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