Mentoring course + CrimeFest Awards shortlisting!

Hey all,

A few nice bits of news – my next WriteMentor course starts next week, and there’s still a place left. If you’re working on a YA novel, you can find out more here.

The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker has been shortlisted for the 2021 Crimefest YA award!

I spoke to the Big Kids Book Club podcast about The Deep-Sea Duke and did a ‘day in the life’ story series for the Coventry2021 Instagram account, which you can replay in their highlights. Over on my Patreon, I shared some patron-only posts on screenwriting tips, lockdown guilty pleasures and an essay on writing serialised fiction.

I’m doing an online panel in June for Cymera Festival with some of my Climate Fiction Writers League authors. In the latest issue of the newsletter, there’s a letter for climate-anxious children and a discussion of animal behaviour in writing. I also did a video interview about climate change and Green Rising for Laura Lam’s new youtube series Cyotopia here.

Green Rising now has a blurb! This is out Sept 2nd with Walker Books – hopefully we can do a cover reveal soon (it’s AWESOME).

Set in a near-future world on the brink of ecological catastrophe, Lauren James’ novel is a gripping, witty and romantic call to arms.

Gabrielle is a climate-change activist who shoots to fame when she becomes the first teenager to display a supernatural ability to grow plants from her skin. Hester is the millionaire daughter of an oil tycoon and the face of the family business. Theo comes from a long line of fishermen, but his parents are struggling to make ends meet.

On the face of it, the three have very little in common. Yet when Hester and Theo join Gabrielle and legions of other teenagers around the world in developing the strange new “Greenfingers” power, it becomes clear that to use their ability for good, they’ll need to learn to work together. But in a time of widespread corruption and greed, there are plenty of profit-hungry organizations who want to use the Greenfingers for their own ends. And not everyone would like to see the Earth saved…

As they navigate first love and family expectations, can the three teenagers pull off the ultimate heist and bring about a green rising?

I think that’s all my news! It’s been a ‘head down, keep working’ kind of winter. I’ve written a TV pilot and a screenplay, done the latest round of edits on Green Rising, started writing a new novel and written a proposal for a new project. It’s been a busy time – but I am so excited for this summer of getting out and about again!

lauren x

Published by Lauren James

Lauren James is the twice Carnegie-nominated British author of many Young Adult novels, including The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe and The Quiet at the End of the World. She is also a Creative Writing lecturer, freelance editor, screenwriter, and the founder of the Climate Fiction Writers League. Her upcoming release is Green Rising, a climate change thriller. Her books have sold over a hundred thousand copies worldwide, been translated into five languages and shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and STEAM Children’s Book Award. Her other novels include The Next Together series, the dyslexia-friendly novella series The Watchmaker and the Duke and serialised online novel An Unauthorised Fan Treatise. She was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, UK, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and many of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. She sold the rights to her first novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university. Her writing has been described as ‘gripping romantic sci-fi’ by the Wall Street Journal and ‘a strange, witty, compulsively unpredictable read which blows most of its new YA-suspense brethren out of the water’ by Entertainment Weekly. The Last Beginning was named one of the best LGBT-inclusive works for young adults by the Independent. Lauren lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient. She has written articles for numerous publications, including the Guardian, Buzzfeed, Den of Geek, The Toast, and the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2021. She teaches creative writing for Coventry University, WriteMentor, and Writing West Midlands, providing creative writing courses to children through the Spark Young Writers programme.

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