Cover reveal for Green Rising

I am super excited to share the cover of Green Rising, my next novel! This was illustrated by Beci Kelly and designed by Chloé Tartinville at Walker Books. It’s being published on 2nd September, which is somehow only 3 months away! The book is about teenagers who can grow plants from their hands, and I loveContinue reading “Cover reveal for Green Rising”

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 BigContinue reading “Mentoring course + CrimeFest Awards shortlisting!”

Filtering the World – Writing craft chat

I’ve been writing professionally for a decade, and one of the things that’s really developed in my technique is that I’m always interpreting the world through writing, 100% of the time. I make dozens of notes on my phone throughout the day, when things I read/see/watch/do/hear remind me of my projects. This could be anythingContinue reading “Filtering the World – Writing craft chat”

Climate change in The Deep-Sea Duke

The Deep-Sea Duke is out now! You can read the first chapter here on Archive of Our Own. (My account there also contains over 70,000 words of deleted scenes and short stories from the worlds of my other novels.) In this interview, I discuss the climate change allegory in the novel. Tell us about yourContinue reading “Climate change in The Deep-Sea Duke”

Introducing The Deep-Sea Duke + reading the first chapter – sci-fi novella publishing 4th Feb!

Read the first chapter here. When Hugo and Ada travel to their friend Dorian’s planet for the holidays, android Hugo is anxious about being accepted by Dorian’s powerful family. But when they arrive on Hydrox, there are more pressing things to worry about, as the planet has been overrun by refugee butterflies. Displaced from theirContinue reading “Introducing The Deep-Sea Duke + reading the first chapter – sci-fi novella publishing 4th Feb!”

Introducing the Climate Fiction Writers League

I’m very excited to be launching something I’ve been working on for a while now – a database of over fifty internationally published authors writing fiction about climate change. My next two novels are climate fiction, and during my research I’ve found a distinct lack of comprehensive resources about other eco-novels. My hope is thatContinue reading “Introducing the Climate Fiction Writers League”

Best reads of 2020

2019 favourites | 2018 favourites | 2017 favourites | 2016 favourites | 2015 favourites | 2014 favourites Disclaimer: as always, I’m not including any books where I know the author as a pal! Top 10 published in 2020 Baking at the 20th Century Cafe: Iconic European Desserts from Linzer Torte to Honey Cake by Michelle Polzine Throughout her baking career, Michelle Polzine ofContinue reading “Best reads of 2020”

10 Books I Want to Read in ’21

It’s the previews post! A lot of the books I include in these posts usually find their way into my end-of-year favourites posts a year later, so this is a sneak peek at what I’ll be loving this year. Enjoy! Previously: 15 books I want to read in ’15 | 16 books I want to read in ’16 | 17Continue reading “10 Books I Want to Read in ’21”

Sealed with a Loving Kiss short story anthology

A 4000-word short story I’ve written, Sealed with a Loving Kiss, is being released in an anthology. It was based on a prompt from a class of schoolchildren in Birmingham who asked for a ‘romance story about a meteorite hitting a snowman’ after doing my Science fiction writing workshop, where we created short stories basedContinue reading “Sealed with a Loving Kiss short story anthology”

Available for bookings – Editorial Critiques

Hi everyone, I currently have a slot available in my schedule for one novel edit in November – if you have something you’ve been working on, send me an email at laurenjamesauthor@gmail.com. Details on my services are below. From January 2021 I’m also running my online YA mentoring course for writers through WriteMentor for the fourth time!Continue reading “Available for bookings – Editorial Critiques”