Writing for you kids is so much more fun than writing for adults. Really. I’ve got the bug now. In the last two years I’ve written 4 books and loved every minute of it. If you’re 4 to 7 years-old there are Here Come The Trolls! (BC Books) and Day of the Trolls! which was launched at the Edinburgh International Book Festival!
If you’re a bit older there’s Steve & FranDan Take on the World which is a totally gripping adventure story. The reviews on LoveReading4Kids say it all – ‘I stayed up till 11pm every night . . . Awesome with meaning . . . Checkout: http://lr-assets.storage.googleapis.com/main/uploads/pdfs/misc/kids_reader_reviews/STEVE%20AND%20FRANDAN%20TAKE%20ON%20THE%20WORLD%20%20reviews.pdf
I wish I had discovered writing for children much earlier. Unlike adults, they demand the truth. And lots of fun, too, of course.
If you’re ever at a Troll or Steve & FranDan event at your school, a Festival or bookshop, please be sure to come up and say hello!
Here Come the Trolls! has been featured on STV, radio and the press. ‘Such a wonderful book . . . such fun . . . cannot recommend it highly enough . . . should be on everybody’s shopping list to put a smile on everyone’s face . . . seems to evoke both Dr Seuss and Maurice Sendak at the same time. Naughty, rather than nasty; magical rather than monstrous.’
The children and staff enthused after our visit to Grange primary P2&3:
‘It was fantastic!’ One of the teachers.
‘The children had a ball and are still talking about the fun they had today. I look forward to hearing from you on the new release of your next book.’ Rosalind Veneroni (headmistress)
Since then Jim Hutcheson (the illustrator) and myself have begun on a series of troll events at schools, book festivals, bookshops etc.
Steve & FranDan Take on the World (novel for 10 to 14-year olds) – An early review in LoveReading4kids really loved it: ‘Action-packed . . . will keep readers on the edge of their seats.’ More fabbie reviews followed from grown-up reviewers e.g. Herald: ‘a whitewater ride of a book’. All 5**** as well as from other young reviewers: ‘Awesome with meaning’; ‘I enjoyed it so much I stayed up till 11pm each night to finish it . . .Humorous, exciting, full of twists and turns, and packed with adventure.
Please keep reading and I’ll keep writing!