Short story, deleted scene and more

For any speedy readers who have already finished reading The Quiet at the End of the World, I’ve posted a deleted scene where Lowrie and Shen steal an antique carriage and Childhood Sweethearts – a 6000 word fake dating AU short story. My first Writers HQ retreat is next Saturday in Coventry! Come along if you haveContinue reading “Short story, deleted scene and more”

Day course at University of Cambridge

Popping in for a quick announcement! I’m going to be teaching a day course at University of Cambridge this November called ‘Write the one percent: creating diverse, inclusive fiction’. More info here.  If you work in a UK state school you can get a 50% bursary on the tuition fee! During the course of thisContinue reading “Day course at University of Cambridge”

Books which you might like if you enjoyed The Quiet at the End of the World

I love giving book recommendations! Over the course of writing a book, I will update my goodreads shelves whenever I have an ‘aha!’ moment, where I realise where I’m getting my inspiration from (put in a different way: where I’m stealing the best bits from). I find it really fascinating to see how my brainContinue reading “Books which you might like if you enjoyed The Quiet at the End of the World”

Editing a scene from start to finish – The Quiet at the End of the World

When The Next Together and The Last Beginning were released, I posted the different versions of a scene in the book as it went through editing from first draft to final published book. You can read The Next Together’s here, and The Last Beginning here. I thought I’d do it again for The Quiet at the EndContinue reading “Editing a scene from start to finish – The Quiet at the End of the World”

The Quiet at the End of the World is out now!

I have had the BEST publication week! I’ve spent the week visiting schools and talking to students about my books, and I had a launch at Waterstones Piccadilly: It was so, so much fun, and I can’t think of a better way to bring this book into the world. You can watch 27 minutes ofContinue reading “The Quiet at the End of the World is out now!”

Science representation in YA

The Quiet at the End of the World features two characters who study STEM, just like my other books (I have a niche, and it is intensely nerdy characters). This time, Lowrie, the protagonist, is an engineer and her best friend-slash-lifelong-crush Shen studies evolutionary biology. They are also both archaeologists, but they would never call themselvesContinue reading “Science representation in YA”

Sensitivity readers in traditional publishing

You might have seen that this week a black author pulled his book due to backlash over representation, only a month after an Asian author did the same. I don’t usually comment on twitter discussions like this, but I think this is a worrying trend that has wide implications for the US YA publishing industry.Continue reading “Sensitivity readers in traditional publishing”

Where I got the idea for The Quiet at the End of the World

Exactly two years ago, in March 2016, I posted a quote on Instagram from a book I was reading, which is not something I usually do. “We are a short-lived genus of species. All our cousins are already extinct. We are perhaps the only species on Earth to be conscious of the inevitability of ourContinue reading “Where I got the idea for The Quiet at the End of the World”

Fancasting the characters – meet Lowrie, Shen, Maya and Riz

Lowrie MB-W – Aubrey Peeples Lowrie is a suit-wearing, treasure-hunting tomboy, with a workshop full of tools in place of a walk-in wardrobe. She constantly has a chisel and screwdriver on hand. She’s blonde, and wears her hair in a french plait. She’s most often found wearing Shen’s mustard yellow jumpers. Shen Zhang – JustinContinue reading “Fancasting the characters – meet Lowrie, Shen, Maya and Riz”