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!
Outside of writing, I had a fun day with Key Stage 2 children at Kemsing Primary School to round up World Book Day week. I was so impressed with the pupils' creativity and how much they put into creating their own adventurer characters and stories! Apart from when I used to help out at summer holiday clubs as a teenager, this was my first time delivering a workshop to children and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I attended Kemsing Primary School between 1990 and 1995 and was reminded during this visit of what a nice environment it is with its large playing field and swimming pool (refurbished since my school days). The teaching staff and new Headteacher have a lot of energy and enthusiasm for creating a great learning experience for the students, which was wonderful to see.
I hope to visit more schools during my writing days; in the meantime my next local event will be at Sevenoaks Library on Wednesday 29th May (half term week) where I'll be running a writing workshop from 10am to 11:30am for ages 8-11. Places are completely free but need to be booked in advance through the library (details on the poster below). I'll also be running a shorter free workshop when I visit Southern Book Show on Sunday 28th April in Worthing (details on my events page).
I'll end this blog with a shameless request! Honest book reviews are extremely important in helping readers find their next book to read. If you or your family have enjoyed reading The Adventurers I'd be so grateful if you would consider leaving a review on Amazon, Goodreads or the product page of any website selling my book.
You may like to know that since starting this blog I've moved to the underground... and I'm on the wrong train! That'll teach me for trying to multitask! So I'm off to get myself off the Circle Line and onto the District!
Bye for now,