October 16, 2020
My wonderful UK publisher, Chicken House, have asked me to write two more books for them.
I could not be more thrilled and I am so pleased to have their support and the chance to write something more. I do rather love writing!
It's always tricky to know what to write next . . . I have been delighted with the reader reaction to Seth and Nightshade the mysteries they are solving in the magical world.
But at the same time, is it always a good idea as a writer to keep doing the same thing?
|What will be next for books 4&5?|
I have had a little think and some playing around with some ideas and have welcomed some great thoughts from people who read my newsletter and Seth will take a break for the next one to allow me to try something new.
But I can definitely say there will be magic involved and also a crime.
And it will have lots of things in common with my first three books. It will be set in the same world, a spin-off story set in the world of the Elysee Sorcerers, where mystery abounds. But if something supernatural happens in your neighbourhood is it down to magical forces and sorcerers going bad . . . or can it be explained by something else entirely?
It all definitely needs investigating!
Seth Seppi mysteries abroad
I continue to be thrilled that the Seth Seppi magical mysteries are reaching readers abroad and absolutely love to hear from readers wherever you are! Particularly when you send me pictures of you reading.
I have had two book birthdays recently. The Last Chance Hotel has been published in Sweden. The Bad Luck Lighthouse is now out in Holland. And the latest country that will be welcoming Seth is Hungary!
Thank you to all my publishers everywhere.
I managed to get a sneak peak of the next German edition, which I believe will be published in December. It translates as ‘The Lighthouse of Ghosts’ which I love.
There will be more news soon of my next book - don't forget if you want to join in, I write a regular Mystery Journal and you will be first to hear what is happening to Seth and Nightshade.
October 06, 2020
Just wanted to say Congratulations to Pam Smy who won the Elbakin.net prize for Translated novels in the youth section for her marvellously creepy Thornhill.
Loved this book since I first came across it and am thrilled for Pam, plus very pleased that The Last Chance Hotel was in the running for this international prize.
If you have not read Thornhill, I can thoroughly recommend how innovative and stylish it is, as well being a great gothic story about the dark secrets contained in what appears to be an empty house. A very worthy winner indeed.
September 05, 2020
I am so proud that The Last Chance Hotel has been nominated for a fantastic award in France - the Prix Elbakin.Net - where it is published as L’Hotel de la Derniere Chance.
The Elbakin is an award for fantasy writing and looking at the other nominees, I am up against some very impressive competition. And the list of previous winners is also enough to make me feel nervous, yet even more thrilled at the same time.
I wish everyone nominated the best of luck.
(apologies that I could not get a very clear image, but the other nominees are Thomas Taylor, Pam Smy, Samantha Shannon and Nnedi Okorafor).
And can I please say a big thank you to the Ealing Junior Book Award, which very kindly voted The Last Chance Hotel as its Book of the Year. Unfortunately the event had to be cancelled where I would have had the chance to have met a lot of the readers.
I’d just like to say a big thank you to everyone involved with the award for the support of the book and for all the readers who were involved in choosing the first of my Seth Seppi mysteries as their favourite. These things really mean a lot and I was sorry not to get the chance to express my appreciation.
Being nominated for any award is such a huge deal for any writer. Having people read your books is a big honour, but awards are rare and really do mean a lot. So thank you!
July 21, 2020
My plan is to really put schools in the driving seat.
I am using my experience working in schools and running creative writing workshops to offer a choice of events built around my magical mystery stories.
Virtual events are fully flexible. We can make use of whatever technology and resources any school might have available. The cost of doing a virtual event with me makes it much cheaper for schools, so I am hoping I can reach more who have limited budgets. And more who are too far away from me to make a visit in person. No travel costs to anyone!
There are also many times of the year when I am not available to visit schools because of the constrains of deadlines, so I am hoping these new, very flexible options will work for everyone.
Please watch this space, contact me for further information, or join in with my newsletter if you are thinking about how a virtual mystery event might work in your school!
I hope I am back working with schools very soon.
April 26, 2020
I'm even more excited to tell you about my blog tour, taking place the week beginning 27 April:
As the tour progresses, I'll keep the page updated with direct links. But for now, below are some links so you can get to know the bloggers and their blogs.
Thanks so much to my publisher Chicken House for setting this up - but especial thanks to those bloggers who have let me ramble on about everything from why I love writing for children, or answer questions and reveal a few secrets along the way of what goes into writing the world of Seth and Nightshade...
27 April, 2020 - Read It Daddy
28 April, 2020 - My Shelves Are Full
29 April, 2020 - A Little but a Lot
30 April, 2020 - Margaret's Reading Shelf
1 May, 2020 - The Reader Teacher
2 May, 2020 - Golden Books Girl
Please consider signing up to receive my Mystery Journal if you would like to know more about me, my writing, and what's next in store for Seth and Nightshade...
April 12, 2020
It was lovely that so many people were able to join - and ask questions. I love to hear from readers, so if you have a question, you can contact me easily through the contact page on this website, or through my facebook page and I shall do my best to answer.
And if I can I share some of the lovely photos you send me in my newsletter too. If you haven't subscribed yet, you can do that on this website too.
If you weren't able to make the launch live, you can watch it again here and watch me try to talk, answer questions and make shortbread and decide how successful I was.
I am very proud of how my three books all look together. Thanks to the brilliant artist Matt Saunders for the illustrations.
Here they all are. I so hope you will enjoy reading them and following Seth's magical mystery adventures.
March 26, 2020
(My local bookshop, Mostly Books, is also taking orders, and if you get in touch, they can arrange to get a signed and dedicated copy and offer discounted delivery within Abingdon).
February 11, 2020
|Another brilliant jacket design by Matt Saunders|
But so far, his magic has proved nothing but trouble. He arrives in Gramichee, a town where a lot of people live close together, but still secretly. Here is where the headquarters of the magical world is based, the Elysee.
- Your local independent bookshop (don't know where your nearest indie is? Check here) - including my nearest indie (who may have one or two signed copies, ahem) Mostly Books
- Waterstones, Blackwells, Foyles or WHSmith
- Amazon UK, Amazon.com or Wordery