Sea Star Summer is officially out today. I say officially, but in reality, I have to wait till the end of lockdown before I can get my hands on a copy. So in a way, it’s more of an un-book-birthday or a book un-birthday.
One of the highlights of being an author is that sometimes I’m invited to formally talk to other authors.
I mean, you want me to have a conversation with a fellow author? I’m in!
When The Book Lounge asked me to do a Q&A with Hugh Howey I couldn’t accept fast enough.
23 September 2014
I always look forward to September, when literary giants descend on Cape Town for the Open Book Festival.
I was excited to chat to The Girl With All the Gifts author Mike Carey for Open Book’s first-ever zombie dress up event. I arrived dressed as Dr Caldwell, a character from the novel, while Mike turned heads in his zombie make-up.
Have you ever wondered what music your favourite writer listens to or were curious about their guilty pleasure read? Wonder no more.
I posed a series of fun questions to the South African writing community and invited them to choose one to answer.
Their responses might surprise you.
24 September 2012
As part of the annual Open Book Festival I was invited to participate in a panel about censorship in teen publishing. I was joined by Scottish young adult author Keith Gray (Ostrich Boys, Next) The Book Lounge’s Verushka Louw and librarian Lona Gericke.
1 December 2011
Since Dark Poppy’s Demise was published in July its been getting some excellent reviews. I’ve compiled a list of my favourites from the last few months. Click the links to read the reviews in their entirety.
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6 October 2011
This post isn’t book related, but its not every day a girl get to interview one of her idols.
As my journalist alter-ego I was lucky enough to speak to Joshua Third (previously known as Joshua von Grimm) from British post-punk outfit The Horrors.
4 April 2011
I tend to wax lyrical about the importance of plot in YA novels.
Teens want to be entertained. They want to be thrilled, to sit on the edge of their seats. That’s why I love Kate Cann. She’s written about twenty books for teens, which are all nail-bitingly brilliant. Instead of deadpan girl-meets-boy stories that have as much depth as a small puddle, her books are enthralling, plot driven and most importantly, real.
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1o November 2010
The global best seller lists are teeming with paranormal romance titles from Melissa de la Cruz’s Blue Bloods and PC Cast’s House of Night series to Maggie Stiefvater’s werewolf love-fest Shiver. Speculative teen fiction is big business. Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight saga has sold over 100 million copies globally and has been adapted into three equally record-breaking films, with two more on the way.
Continue reading “Why do teenagers love vampires?”