The 8 Pictures of Christmas – Rosie Blake’s Festive Launch!

Heralding the publication of Rosie Blake’s Christmas novel, How to Stuff Up Christmas, the Darley Anderson Christmas Angels descended on Bar Soho, with the fantastic team from Corvus, to get in the Christmas mood and help Rosie celebrate!

Amongst the festive drinks and Christmas tunes, we found time to take a few snaps so you could all celebrate (virtually) with us!

All together now (we’re adapting it from 12 to 8 as we only got 8 good shots)… after three, ‘On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me … ‘

On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me … four glittering agency angels.


On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me … a huge stack of Rosie’s books.


On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me … MORE shiny books!


On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me … one extremely joyous editor!


On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me …  one lovely author and one lovely editor.


On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me … one happy Agent and one happy Head of Rights.


On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me … five glittering angels and a lovely shining fairy author.


And on the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me … one magnificent jumper.


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Delving into the DA Authors’ Inspiration – Part Two

Now it’s Friday, and we are officially starting to count down to Christmas (!!), we wanted to continue what we started last week with all of our wonderful Adult authors… it’s time to share how some of our Children’s authors got to writing…

Cathy Cassidy, Puffin’s bestselling author for girls and of the CHOCOLATE BOX GIRLS series:

I was scraping a living as a teen mag agony aunt and freelance mag journalist but had never managed my dream of writing a book-length story – until a new friend’s disbelief that I wanted to be a writer goaded me into finally getting past chapter three. Her tough-love comments pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me to achieve that dream.

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Polly Ho-Yen, author of the award-nominated BOY IN THE TOWER (Random House Children’s Books):

It started slowly for me. I have always loved books and working with books but I simply didn’t think that I was good enough to write one, let alone for it to be published. I started writing just for my own pleasure, with no ambition of what might happen, and quickly found that I enjoyed it so much that I couldn’t stop. When ‘Boy in the Tower’ was published, I still had the nagging feeling that I wasn’t good enough to make it as an author.

However, when I was looking for a new job, I realised writing was the thing that I liked doing most in    the world. I was also encouraged by my lovely readers, who told me to keep going and who were endlessly enthusiastic. I suddenly knew that if I didn’t give writing a chance then it never would be my career and, though it was perhaps scarier than other paths, I was more afraid of not giving it a go. Now, I can’t imagine having a day without writing in it and hope that I won’t have to.


Dave Rudden, author of the upcoming KNIGHTS OF THE BORROWED DARK (Puffin):

 I first started writing when I was seventeen. Fanfiction, actually – grimdark far future military sci-fi with lots of glorious last stands and lantern-jawed heroics. I used to lurk on a website called Imperial Literature. Reading stories graduated to the occasional comment, and the community was so welcoming that eventually I put up my very first piece of fiction. Just five hundred words, just an experiment to see if I could. Looking back, I don’t mind admitting that it was dreadful, but every comment I got was kind and constructive until finally someone commented ‘love this. When’s the next one?’

 The question had never occurred to me before. When’s the next one?

 Helen Grant, author of THE VANISHING OF KATHARINA LINDEN and THE FORBIDDEN SPACES trilogy (Random House Children’s Books):

 I’ve always wanted to write. When I was 10, our school teacher asked us what we wanted to do when we grew up, and I said very firmly that I wanted to write. He looked at me and said , “And you will.”

For a long time other things got in the way: university, first job, travelling, then two babies. Then in 2001 we moved to Germany. The children started at kindergarten and all of a sudden I had my mornings free. On the very first day they were both out of the house, I booted up my PC and started writing, and I’ve carried on ever since. My first book was published in 2009. 


 Caroline Crowe, author of PIRATES IN PYJAMAS (Little Tiger Press):

I’ve written silly rhymes for friends since I was at school and I knew by the time I left University that I wanted to be a writer, but the two things didn’t come together to make a picture book text until a few years ago. After I graduated I was very lucky to get work experience at a national newspaper and ended up never leaving. It wasn’t until 10 years later when I decided to go freelance that I started writing texts for children. I love picture books and we have a huge collection at home. I don’t think there was one defining moment, but as soon as I had the time, writing picture books was exactly what I wanted to do.

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Olivia Levez, author of the upcoming THE ISLAND (Oneworld):

 Definitely the morning that I walked into my head’s office and asked for a sabbatical from teaching. I had a wonderful creative year in which I joined SCBWI and went on my first conference,  went to art college to do my foundation, and most importantly, wrote my first book, which I’d been trying to do for years and years.  Although that first book was pretty dreadful, it did get a request for a complete from an agent, and that gave me the confidence to carry on writing.

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Kim Slater, author of the Carnegie nominated SMART (Macmillan Children’s Books):

For the last three years since securing my first book deal, I’ve stuck doggedly to the same routine; wake up and write 6-8 am each morning, then off to my day job as a full-time self-employed school bursar.  On top of this, I’ve also written in the evenings, at weekends, on holidays (including my recent honeymoon!) and at Christmas-time.

To me, writing isn’t a chore, it isn’t a job – it’s something I love to do and I ache when I can’t do it. The greatest luxury for a writer is having the time to think, to simmer ideas and well, to write.  So, this summer, when the opportunity came to write full-time, my resounding response was, YES PLEASE!

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Delving into the DA Agency Authors’ Inspiration – Part One

Have you ever wondered how some of the Darley Anderson authors got into writing considering their diverse lives and careers? Want a sneak peek into the secret life of an author? Ever felt like you might have a book in you somewhere and you might just need the inspiration to do something about it?

Cesca Major’s heartbreaking debut novel, The Silent Hours, was published to huge acclaim in June (about to be published in paperback on 5th Nov) and Woman & Home featured the inspiration behind her getting into writing. Inspired by this article we decided to ask our adult brilliant authors about their own journeys into writing…

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Jane Costello, author of nine bestselling novels including the RoNa nominated THE TIME OF OUR LIVES (Simon & Schuster):

As a teenager I became hooked on that feeling when you’re so engrossed in a book that you just have to keep turning the pages, no matter how late at night it is. It was that feeling that made me want to be an author, yet saying that felt as fanciful as, ‘I want to be the next X-Factor winner’. So I became a journalist, which at least gave me the opportunity to write. I loved my job, but my secret ambition never left me and for years I made repeated clumsy attempts at writing a novel, none of which were ever finished. 

 Then I had my ‘eureka’ moment, while in a pew at a friend’s wedding, watching her walk down the aisle followed by her bridesmaids. I thought, why has nobody ever written a romantic comedy called ‘Bridesmaids’ – one about the dramas, the friendships and the sheer fun of something most women experience at least once in their life? I decided there and then that if nobody had done it, it had to be me. I started writing the next day, never dreaming it could turn into the best-seller that it ultimately became.


 Rosie Blake, author of HOW TO GET A (LOVE) LIFE and the upcoming HOW TO STUFF UP CHRISTMAS (Corvus):

I used to write endless diaries which were all full of angst and TMI about who was looking at me funny or who I wanted to kiss that week. They were for my eyes only but they got me into into the habit of writing regularly. The first feedback about my writing was from friends. Before social media (*stares at you over reading glasses, readjusts dentures) I used to write very long emails to a group of friends when I was travelling. I tried to make them amusing (“I’m being stalked by a parakeet” “I got chased by a monkey – LOL” etc) and really loved writing them. The more absurd the better. Some people asked for more and I started to believe I could write. I moved onto writing short stories and won a couple and started working on a novel. It went from there…

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Phaedra Patrick, author of the upcoming THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER (Harlequin Mira):

I’d always, secretly, wanted to be a writer from a very early age, however I told myself that ‘people like me’ didn’t write books. In my mid-twenties I visited a tarot card reader with friends. I’m not a big believer, but when he told me (without prompting) that I would be a writer and sell lots of books, I took this as the sign that I should follow my dream and put pen to paper.

 With a lot of hard work, experimenting, research (and many rejections along the way), I got here in the end. I now write full time and The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper will be published in eleven countries during 2016.

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B.A. Paris, author of the upcoming BEHIND CLOSED DOORS (Harlequin Mira):

 ‘You do it, Mummy!’ Those were the words that spurred me to write. One of my daughters had told me that she had an idea for a book so when I came across a competition for an 80.000 word novel, I was really excited for her. But when she checked the rules, she found she was too young and encouraged me to enter instead. I had always wanted to write but imagined myself as a writer of children’s stories rather than novels, so the thought of writing 80.000 words was daunting. That night I had an idea for a story and the next day, I began writing – and found I couldn’t stop! It became an obsession. Freshly-baked cakes and neatly-made beds became things of the past and I began to resent anything that took me away from writing, even the teaching job that I loved. It took me about a year to calm down and integrate writing into my life rather than letting it take over. But six years on, if I could spend all day, every day writing, I would!  

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Tim Weaver, author of the bestselling David Raker series (Penguin):

I’m not sure if this is a defining moment in terms of choosing to become a writer, because I always wanted to be a writer from as far back as I can remember, but I’d say it was the difference between getting published, and not getting published. I’d spent almost eight years trying to get anyone interested in Chasing the Dead, and the more rejection letters I got, the harder I’d tried to work at it – editing, re-editing, editing, re-editing. But the absolute best thing that ever happened to me was taking a six-month break from the manuscript after my daughter was born. Coming back to it after some extended time away allowed me to see the work-in-progress for the less-than-stellar piece of writing it was, and after spending a year rewriting it – pretty much from the ground up – I found myself an agent (Hello Camilla!) after only three months of trying. So, if you’re struggling, don’t be afraid to get some distance.

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 Lee Weeks, author of the bestselling Johnny Mann and the top 20 Ebony Willis series and the upcoming COLD JUSTICE (Simon & Schuster):

When my twenty-year marriage was coming to an end I began examining my life. It was when I was looking at my own collection of poems, that I came across Morning Market, a poem I had written whilst living in Hong Kong, at a time when I hit rock bottom. The poem sums up the brutality and desperation of my life at that time. I used it as inspiration to write a semi-autobiographical story.

 When the end of my marriage actually came, I had a ‘this is my time’ moment. I decided to give writing a proper go. I worked on my story, bringing out the Hong Kong detective who had tried to help me at the time, and the Johnny Mann series was born.

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 James Carol, author of the acclaimed Jefferson Winter (Faber) series:

 I wrote my first novel back at the turn of the millennium. At the time, I was just curious to see if I could actually do it. I’d always loved reading, but writing one… When I got to the end, I discovered a curious thing. I wanted to write another. And when I finished that book, I wanted to write another. See, that’s the thing no one tells you. Writing’s an addiction. It’s a drug. The days when the words line up exactly how they should are pure joy. That’s the high you’re chasing. I’ve been writing novels for fifteen years now and I love doing it. I can’t imagine doing anything else. The truth is I don’t want to do anything else.

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Lesley Pearse, bestselling selling author of 23 women-in-jeopardy novels including the No.1 bestseller WITHOUT A TRACE (Penguin):

 My career in writing began with a humorous letter to Woman’s Own about the contents of my fridge (or lack of edible content really) To my shock they not only printed it as letter of the week but paid the princely sum of £25 for it.  Somehow it altered my whole outlook. realising I wasn’t likely to be able to make a career out of letters, I started on short stories, including doing a home study course on short stories. As soon as I began the first of 16 lessons, I knew it was my thing. Nothing stopped me writing, not three small children, a business and home to take care of. It was to be many years before I got my first book Georgia published,  3 other books banished to the dustbin. But I see that time as my apprenticeship and like any focussed apprentice I never allowed myself to doubt I wouldn’t get there in the end.

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 Jo Platt, author of READING UPSIDE DOWN (sold in 6 territories worldwide):

I have always enjoyed writing, and my preference has always been for comedy.  Maybe it was because my focus was on making myself and others smile, that I for so long viewed writing as a guilty pleasure, and far too much fun to be a potential career.  And then, one afternoon, I was having a cup of tea with a friend at her kitchen table when she mentioned a spoof school newsletter, which I had written and circulated to friends, to cheer us all up at a rather bleak time.  She was laughing over something I’d written when she suddenly said, ‘Why don’t you write something longer, Jo? A book.  We all think you should.’

 It was such a simple, perhaps throw-away, comment and yet that was a defining moment, perhaps the defining moment, for me in terms of my writing.  It felt as if I had been given permission, a mandate, to make writing a greater priority and to take it seriously.  As a result, I went home and started drafting Reading Upside Down that same evening.

 Of course, since then, there have been other moments and events which stand out for me and which I will never forget.  The extremely assertive friend, threatening me with menaces until I had promised her that I wouldn’t simply leave the finished manuscript to rot at the back of my knicker drawer, but would instead send it to an agency.  And, not long after that, the moment I received an email from my now agent, Camilla Wray, telling me, with great enthusiasm, how much she loved my book – an enthusiasm and belief in both myself as a writer and in Reading Upside Down as a novel, which she has never lost.

 But, before all that, came those kind and encouraging words over a cup of tea at a kitchen table, without which I would still be scribbling and giggling away in secret, instead of being out and proud as a writer.  And for those kind words – and that cup of tea – I shall remain forever grateful.


Before I started writing novels, I was a journalist and one of my jobs was reviewing books for Candis, a national women’s magazine. The more I read, the more I thought I’d like to have a go at writing my own novel. I was ridiculously naive about how hard it would be to stay motivated to finish a book, let alone how hard it is to get published. However, one of the things that really helped was taking an online novel-writing course with the University of California, because it provided immediate feedback and deadlines. As soon as I started the course, I felt so excited and passionate about writing again – something I’d lost over the years of working as a journalist. It took me a few years to summon up the courage to give up journalism completely and write novels full-time but I don’t regret it at all – it’s a luxury to inhabit a fictional world where you make everyone do what you want! 

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 Emma Kavanagh, author of the critically-acclaimed FALLING and HIDDEN (Arrow):

 I’ve written my entire life. For as long as I can remember I have been constructing stories. I had never, however, written a novel. There’s something about that word, the sheer vastness it implies, that makes it seem impossible. How do you manufacture 90,000 words out of thin air?

 Then, one day, I was standing on a police firearms range, taking part in close protection (bodyguard to you or I) training for firearms officers, and a story came to me. I attempted to shrug it off. I was busy and, frankly, if I didn’t pay attention, there was a chance that I would get shot. But the story remained. So, I decided to try it, to just see if I had it in me to right something that could be considered a novel. As it turned out I did. It wasn’t a very good novel. But it was enough to convince me that 90,000 words could in fact be manufactured if you just give yourself the chance.

 The logical next step was to continue with my business (a consultant in police and military psychology) whilst I attempted to write a book worthy of publication. Unfortunately, logic is rarely my strong suit. Instead, I scaled back my travel, began limiting the jobs I took on, and threw myself into writing. It was the writer’s equivalent of putting everything on black. I am, however, an all or nothing kind of woman. It was a massive gamble, but, thankfully, one that paid off. I remember hearing Lee Child talk about his career. He said it worked, because it had to. And for me the same was true. I had no choice but to be successful.

 I had to answer a question earlier – what is your greatest ambition? And my answer was, this. To keep doing what I’m doing. Not many people are lucky enough to say that!


 Part two coming next week featuring Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency authors…

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Martyn Ford dishes the inside scoop from the Bath Children’s Literature Festival…

Our wonderful children’s author, Martyn Ford, appeared at this year’s Telegraph Bath Children’s Literature Festival. Martyn’s début novel, The Imagination Box, had been selected as one of Bath Picks, a new initiative to introduce some of the ‘brightest stars in the world of children’s books.’


Now that Martyn has got his breath back from his whirlwind début appearance, he spoke to his fellow authors about the magical parts of their day.

“It was back in March that I was invited to appear on the Bath Picks panel along with fellow authors Sibéal Pounder and David Solomons. Obviously, while it was great to be asked and I agreed without hesitation, the event itself was so many months away that it seemed little more than an abstract, fantastic irrelevance. I thought by the time late September actually arrived – which I sincerely doubted it ever would – I’d probably be wearing a bear’s head as a hat and using a whittled deer femur to defend my cache of tinned food from a neighbouring clan – as would be typical in the scorched dystopia we are almost certainly barrelling towards.

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But no. A few months isn’t actually that long and, quicker than you can yell, “Get away from my tuna, you damn savages!”, the day did indeed arrive. And despite my fears – which included forgetting how to read/ walk/ speak/ operate my body within the narrow confines of normality – it went swimmingly.

After a complex three-hour battle-of-wits with South West Trains, I arrived in Bath and had a good old wander about. It’s nice. Then in the afternoon I was ushered towards the Writer’s Room at the city’s Guildhall, where authors and festival-type people milled about, drank tea and chain-ate Maoams from a bowl. Following this we were wired up with microphones and given a comforting brief by artistic director, panel host and all round nice chap John McLay, who organises the festival with his wife Gill.

Then we took our places on stage, chatted about ourselves and read from our books; me from The Imagination Box (Faber & Faber), Sibéal from Witch Wars (Bloomsbury) and David from My Brother is a Superhero (Nosy Crow), before answering questions from John and then the floor. Which could talk.

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A personal highlight of mine occurred early on in my introduction when the topic of finger monkeys arose, as it so often does (my novel features one, you see), and I remarked that it was a great shame I hadn’t come prepared with images. Then, no more than twenty seconds later, in what can only be described as an act of heroic competence, the resident magician who sorts out microphones, lighting and all that stuff, had googled and beamed onto the screen a photograph of one. 

At the end we got the chance to meet some of the guests and sign some books. I even signed my own copy of The Imagination Box – which hosted various scribbles around the extract I read – and then accidentally donated it to the Waterstones staff present at the festival. I am therefore legally well within my rights to steal a book from my local branch. Pretty sure that’s how karma works.  

Afterwards, I spoke to fellow Bath Picks David and Sibéal about their respective experiences. David had travelled from Dorset and brought with him support in the form of his wife and young children (named after characters in his book, or vice versa).

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“Mine was a day of two halves,” he explained. “Truculent toddler and unhappy baby in the morning, followed by being made a fuss of at the event. I did feel sorry leaving aforementioned children with my wife while I swanned off. I’d only done one festival before Bath, and though mildly panic inducing I’ve thoroughly enjoyed both.”

Sibéal was, like me, making her first festival appearance. Afterwards she told me she enjoyed herself so much that she was “sad to leave”.

“I thought it was hilarious fun, and such a nice author mix (well done John!),” she added. “And the kids in the audience were so wonderful, such good questions.”

Now organisers are piecing together 2016’s ten year anniversary festival which, assuming western civilisation is still up and running, is scheduled for Friday 30th September – Sunday 9th October.”

For more information on Bath Festivals, visit

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How To Launch How To Get Ahead In Television

Love At First Write winner, Sophie Cousens had her début novel, How To Get Ahead in Television, published by Corvus last Thursday.

Sophie entered and won the competition jointly run in 2014 by Corvus and LoveReading, and Clare Wallace was so impressed she signed Sophie to the agency immediately! 

So, last night, we went along to the launch in The Crown & Two Chairman, in TV-central Soho, to see how Sophie launched How To Get Ahead In Television

  1. Get an incredible cake made of your book.

1. Sophie and her cake2. Get a download table so everyone can get a copy right now.

2. Get a download table3. Get an author/agent selfie. Obvs.

3.take a selfie4. Get a crowd of lovely people.

4. get a crowd5. Hang out with the amazing team at Corvus who made it all happen

5. hang out with the ladies from corvus6. Advertise everywhere. Even in cheeky places.

6. advertise everywhere cheeky7. Give out cards so the lovely crowd can spread the word.

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8. Get papped eating your own book.

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A selection of LoveReading fans said…

‘A face paced romantic comedy that will keep you hooked from start to finish.’

‘Where do I begin with this book? It makes you laugh, cringe and smile like a goof. It’s absolutely amazing.’

‘An upbeat brilliant book that will lift your spirits and make you laugh.’

You can get yours hands on Sophie’s book here. You can also visit Sophie’s website for more helpful tips: And follow her on Twitter @SophieCous.

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4 Photos You Don’t Want to Miss of Caroline Crowe’s Picture Book launch!

Pirates in Pyjamas, Caroline Crowe’s first picture book, set sail in style with a nautical launch party on board the amazing Golden Hinde in London ahead of its official publication today!

There were plenty of fearsome-looking pirates keen to pit their wits against the ship’s Captain in a series of treasure hunts and games, as well as a reading of the book from Caroline and a brilliant drawing demonstration from illustrator Tom Knight. It was a fantastic morning and the perfect pirate celebration for Captain Grotbeard and his crew!

1.One very excited author reading from her book

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2. A very fearsome pirate ready to sail the seven seas

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3. Gorgeous finished editions of Pirates in Pyjamas

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4. Caroline and fantastic illustrator, Tom, aboard the Golden Hinde!

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An Interview with G.X. Todd

G.X. Todd, agented by our Camilla Wray, is the newest author to join the Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency! Gemma’s debut series was snapped up in a knockout six-figure pre-empt by Headline’s Publishing Director, Mari Evans. Translation rights have also already sold to Brazil. (Full summary of the series below!)

Emma Winter was able to catch five minutes with Gemma between writing and her day job (*coolest job ever alert*  mobile librarian) to discuss Pilgrim, heroes and everything in between. 

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Emma Winter: Firstly, congratulations! How does it feel to know that there are going to be lots of people reading your book?

G.X. Todd: Well, I was ecstatic when I got three people to read it, so the thought of more is…what’s a better word than ‘ecstatic’? That.

EW: How did you develop the idea for DEFENDER? Did you always know it was going to be a series?

GT: I like writing about isolation. I like putting people into harsh situations. And, most of all, I like writing about things that interest me: in this case, the human psyche, loneliness, and the psychology of violence.

I wrote the first book as a standalone, but as soon as I typed The End, I thought ‘You know what, I love these characters. There’s so much we can do with them, do with the world. Let’s run with it.’ So I ran, and I’m still trying to catch up.

EW: Could you give us a little summary of the series – how do you see it panning out across all four books?

GT: 21st Century life no longer exists. Mankind has disintegrated. A locked part of the human psyche has been awakened, and the Voices have emerged. In a desolate world, paranoia and survival are the new laws of the land, and when dangerous factions of Voice-hearers begin to gather their numbers, bent on eradicating anyone who can’t hear a Voice of their own, it comes down to a chosen few to stand up and fight.

In essence, I’m seeing it pan out in epic terms, but on a very individual, human level. The core characters (Lacey, Pilgrim, Alex, Addison, etc.) are the real heart of series, and it’ll be in their struggle, their fight, that the story truly lies.

EW: All of the characters are very compelling, did they arrive fully formed in your head or did some take some work to become fleshed out?

GT: Pilgrim came fully-formed as if he’d been waiting for me to find him. He’s fun to write, too, because he’s pretty cantankerous. Lacey is what I think my eldest niece might be like in another 8 years (and if we suffered a catastrophic event), so her head took some work getting inside. Alex was maybe the hardest of them all because she’s the most unlike me. And finally Voice is a smart-ass. Strangely enough, writing Smart-Ass comes naturally to me.

EW: How did it feel to be told your book was going to be published?

GT: *add ALL the superlatives here* Exhilarating and terrifying in equal measures. And when the big emotions settled, I felt sad because my dad isn’t here to share it with me. He’d have been really proud.

EW: How long did it take to write DEFENDER?

GT: The first draft took maybe six months. It was a pleasure to write; it came out all in one go. It’s the redrafting that can be a slog. It began life at around 90,000 words, and is now hitting 120,000.

EW: By day, you’re a mobile librarian tell us a little bit about your amazing job; what are the best bits, what are the worst bits?

GT: Best bits: the books (obviously); the people I work with; having enthusiastic conversations with customers; the pride that comes from squeezing the library van through a tiny gap without demolishing any car side-mirrors.

Worst bits: Seeing how isolated and lonely some of our elderly borrowers are. Government cuts. Bad drivers (they’re everywhere).

EW: Where do you get your inspiration for writing from?

GT: The belief that it’s possibly the only thing I’m decent at. So I’d best make the most of it.

EW: Which authors do you most admire?

GT: This list could be endless. Richard Matheson, Stephen King, Karen Joy Fowler, Miriam Toews, Jim Thompson, John Wyndham. (Honourable mention: Richard Laymon.)

EW: If you were going to have a literary dinner party, who would you invite?

GT: I have this answer already prepared! Margaret Atwood, JK Rowling, Stephen King, and Ray Bradbury (if he were still here).

EW: Do you have any tips for writers?

GT: If you’re writing a series: PLAN EVERYTHING IN ADVANCE. It’ll make your life so much easier.

Generally, though, just keep the faith. If you believe you’re writing something that deserves to be read, don’t give up.

EW: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

GT: Peel your bananas from the bottom. It’s how monkeys do it. They know what they’re doing.

EW: What do you think are the key things for debut authors to keep in mind?

GT: Don’t be afraid to ask for help or clarification. You’re not alone anymore – you have a team of people who want you to succeed.

Keep writing stuff you enjoy, and stories that excite you. Because believe me, you have to love it – you’ll be reading the damn thing a 100 times over before you’re done.

EW: What are you most looking forward to on your publication journey?

GT: Definitely meeting the readers. It’s such a lonely job. To have someone outside of your own head read it, experience it, and then want to talk to you about it. That’s pure magic.

EW: Who inspires you most?

GT: My mom. Cheesy, I know, but she’s the strongest person I know. Brain surgery at age 42, living daily with disability, and losing my dad three years ago to cancer, and she’s still getting on with it. Rock solid.

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