An Interview with Kim Slater

Kim Slater is the debut author of SMART, an uplifting young adult novel about an extraordinary boy’s struggle to be understood. In celebration of SMART’s publication day Kim has stopped by the Darley Anderson Blog to talk to Vicki Le Feuvre about everything from finding her agent (that’s our own Clare Wallace) to SMART’s book…

An Interview with Dave Rudden

Dave Rudden, agented by our own Clare Wallace, is the debut author of The Borrowed Dark trilogy which has recently been snapped up by Puffin Editorial Director Ben Horslen in a significant pre-emptive deal. The translation rights have already been sold in France and Germany in a six-figure pre-empt and the film rights are currently…

11 Ways Not To Start Your Novel – No. 10

With Extended Dialogue (or in a car) “What do you mean you’re not going to do a blog post about not starting your novel in a car?” “Well, it’s just that we’ve already attacked airports and that’s led people to anticipate further attacks on modes of transport. Also to be honest I think the opening-in-a-car…

11 Ways Not To Start Your Novel – No. 9

With Too Much Exposition Compare and contrast the following two potential openings to my pretend debut novel: They were going to catch her. When she first started running Lauren had felt sure she’d make it. After all, who would have thought they’d be faster than her? But they were, and now each time she looked…

11 Ways Not To Start Your Novel – No. 8

In An Airport Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love- Oh no wait. That’s the opening…