7 April 2020

The Adventurers and the City of Secrets Publication Day

It feels strange to be releasing a new book when we are facing such unusual and challenging times at the moment. I hope everyone is keeping well and managing as best as they can.

For my part, it has been a little difficult to focus on writing this past couple of weeks, but I am pleased to be able to share the latest instalment of The Adventurers Series with you - The Adventurers and the City of Secrets.

3 April 2020

Press Release: Author Wins Two Book Awards for Debut Novel

Sevenoaks children's author Jemma Hatt has won two book awards this week for her debut novel.

The Adventurers and the Cursed Castle was announced as the winner of the 2020 Children’s Selfies Award during an online ceremony on 30th March, with a prize of £1000. The judging panel was made up of Jill Coleman, director of children's books at BookTrust, author Ken Wilson-Max, and Moon Lane Ink CIC bookseller Meera Ghanshamdas.

20 March 2020

Free Virtual Writing Workshop

One of the benefits of social distancing is that it offers an opportunity for everyone to get creative! With this in mind, I wanted to offer one of the activities I usually run at schools and libraries for free to anyone who wants to try some writing at home.

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30 December 2019

2019 Highlights

What a lot can happen in a year!

January - Becoming a published author

On 28th January 2019, The Adventurers and the Cursed Castle went live, fulfilling my lifelong dream of being a published author! Since then, readers have purchased the book from all over the world, including the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, India, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Spain.

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1 September 2019

The Real Locations in ‘The Adventurers and the Temple of Treasure’

For today's blog I thought I'd try something a bit different and tell you about the research that went into my second book, The Adventurers and the Temple of Treasure.

I've spent my whole life being fascinated by Ancient Egypt and in March 2009, aged 22, I visited on holiday. Most of the week was spent by the beautiful Red Sea in Sharm El-Sheikh, but the highlight for me was visiting Cairo for the day, exploring the Egyptian Museum, the Giza Pyramids and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali.

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4 August 2019

Summer Fun

It's been a little while since my last blog post and I'm in procrastination mode, so here's a little update on what The Adventurers (and I) have been up to!

The Adventurers and the Temple of Treasure* has been out for almost two months; have you read it yet? A couple of readers have told me they read it in one go; I'd be very interested to hear what you and your family thought of my second book (and if you have a couple of minutes to spare I'd be grateful if you would consider leaving a review!)

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1 July 2019

Holiday Fun and Free Downloads

Hola a todos! I'm writing this to you from Liberia Airport after a two week holiday in Costa Rica! I had a great time with my friend Emily in this beautiful country. Highlights included ziplining, quad biking, beaches, horse-riding, a volcano, rainforests, waterfalls and ANIMALS! Anyone who follows me on Instragram will know I got a bit trigger happy snapping pics and clips of all the wildlife - iguanas, geckos, toads, capuchin monkeys, howler monkeys, sloths, frogs, crabs, butterflies... and lots of dogs!

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4 June 2019

7 Days to Go!

There are just seven days to go until the release of 'The Adventurers and The Temple of Treasure' and I'm delighted to share the beautiful front and back cover created by Andrew Smith:

The Adventurers and The Temple of Treasure cover

I love the way that Andrew has captured the atmosphere of the story as well as the details he has woven into the cover. The plane, boat, train and taxi all feature in the book, as well as the Egyptian Museum shown on the back cover and the Giza Pyramid Complex.

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13 May 2019

The Adventurers are Coming…

I'm currently on a train home from my day (a.k.a. 'mortgage-paying') job and am thinking it's about time I updated this blog...

As well as being busy earning a living, I have some exciting news... THE ADVENTURERS ARE COMING (...back)!

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21 March 2019

Progress…

It's been a while since I've updated my blog for a couple of reasons: 1. I've been quite busy (I'm writing this while squeezed onto a commuter train on my way to work) and 2. I wanted to focus on finishing the first draft of The Adventurers Book 2... well, I'm happy to report, draft no.1 of book no.2 is done! I typed the last sentence over the weekend and will now go through and edit the whole manuscript a few times before sending it to my editor Amanda to weave her magic!

What can I tell you about Book 2? There's more adventure, on a bigger scale... lots of travel, more action scenes and three new characters who play an important part in the story (along with the four adventurers of course). I can't wait for you all to read it this summer and I'm excited to see what amazing cover art Andrew will create this time around!

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