Three school visits in the space of less than a week doesn’t sound like much, but when that means nine one hour talks, (very) early mornings, long train journeys, and then digging down to find the energy to be interesting and engaging and . . . well, it’s harder than you’d think.
BUT . . . visiting schools is one of the great things about writing for younger readers. They’re so passionate about stories and get so excited about author visits and (this is the best bit) they get to miss lessons.
So, here’s a great big thank you to the staff and pupils at Wirral Grammar School for Boys, Dame Allan’s School and Westfield School. Oh, and I can confirm that the school meals were excellent and made a change from boring old sandwiches.
That’s not all I’ve been doing, though. Oh no. I’ve also just finished checking the page proofs for The Darkest Heart. Everything seems to be in order, which means the book is all ready for printing, and I’ve finally been able to reveal the cover art – which looks fantastic! I’m very pleased with the design, which capture the mood of the book so well. Orion has, as always, done a fantastic job and my editor has coordinated everything perfectly. We’re now all set for July publication – I’ll post up some more details in a few days, along with a sneaky insight into what the book is all about.
And there’s more . . .
I have delivered Big Game. With some trepidation I submitted it to Chicken House without having first received my agent’s seal of approval. There was something of a rush to get it to Chicken House, so it went as it was and . . . phew! They like what I’ve done to turn the screenplay into a novel! Of course there’ll be tweaks and things to change and having the film connection means that everything has to go through a few more stages than usual – we need the producer’s approval – but things are looking good so far. Oh, and there’s some fantastic cover art for the book but . . . well, you can’t see it. Not yet. Sorry. The producer has to approve that too!
All in good time. But you’ve read this far so here’s a photo from the Big Game shoot. Bizarrely, the colours match rather well with The Darkest Heart cover art, but that’s only a coincidence. Anyway, here’s one of the crew having a rest on the set of the Presidential Suite inside Air Force One . . .