Meet the characters of The Loneliest Girl

It’s time to meet the characters! As well as explaining who they are, I’m giving pictures of actors who could play them. A caveat: this is a little different from my other book fancastings for The Next Together and The Last Beginning, because I tried really hard not describe Romy’s appearance in any real detailContinue reading “Meet the characters of The Loneliest Girl”

How to research a book set in space

I always try to make the science in my books as accurate as possible, – the time machine in The Last Beginning is also based on real life research into sub-atomic particles at CERN, like the Large Hadron Collider. For this book, I did a lot of research into space travel and the theory ofContinue reading “How to research a book set in space”

Playlist for The Loneliest Girl + Q&A video

I love a good soundtrack, both when I’m writing and reading. This is definitely one of the creepiest I’ve ever made, and it will hopefully make the reading experience all the scarier. Listen at your own risk on Spotify or Youtube. These first songs are about how alone Romy is, and how she struggles with that feelingContinue reading “Playlist for The Loneliest Girl + Q&A video”

Moodboard + fanart for The Loneliest Girl

I’ve had a tumblr since long before the first idea for this book entered my mind, so I’ve been collecting images, quotes and songs which remind me of the story from the very beginning – the first post dates back to 2011. You can look through the nineteen pages here, and see the story developContinue reading “Moodboard + fanart for The Loneliest Girl”

Romy’s fanfic in The Loneliest Girl in the Universe + Competition

In the book, Romy writes fic for her favourite TV show, a fantasy detective show about a selkie and a banshee. Even though she’s unaware of it, Romy’s experiences throughout the book are reflected in her writing, showing us more about her as a person than about the TV show Loch & Ness. A lot ofContinue reading “Romy’s fanfic in The Loneliest Girl in the Universe + Competition”

It’s release day! Where did I get the idea?

My third book, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, is now finally out in the UK and Australia. It’s been an incredible journey getting to publication day – it was the bestselling title at the Young Adult Literature Convention 2017, sold out at Edinburgh Book Festival, is being published by HarperCollins (the stuff that dreams areContinue reading “It’s release day! Where did I get the idea?”

Big, unbelievable and incredible news

Today, this announcement ran in Publisher’s Weekly: That’s right: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe is being published in America by HarperCollins. HarperCollins. That’s the stuff that dreams are made of. It’s going to be out in July 2018 in hardback, eBook and audiobook (my first English-language audiobook!). This deal happened in May last year, soContinue reading “Big, unbelievable and incredible news”

Cover reveal for The Loneliest Girl in the Universe

I am very, very (very) excited to be sharing the cover for my third novel today! It has been revealed over at Maximum Pop Books too (thanks guys!), but for anyone who missed their post, here it is! Here’s a little video of my talking about it, or if you’re impatient – keep scrolling forContinue reading “Cover reveal for The Loneliest Girl in the Universe”

Behind the Book: Scholastic Book Fair Product Manager Francesca Hopwood

Previously in this series: Agent | Ghostwriter | UK Editor | Library Assistant  | Publicity Assistant | Typesetter | Cover Designer | Foreign Rights Manager |Blogger |Scout |Translators | Book charity | Copyeditor | Journalist | US Editor I haven’t done one of these publishing industry interviews since March – but I have a very special reason to bring back the series today: I’m interviewing Francesca Hopwood,Continue reading “Behind the Book: Scholastic Book Fair Product Manager Francesca Hopwood”

New book announced!

I can finally share the news….. My third novel is a romantic psychological thriller set in space called The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, out with Walker Books in September 2017! It tells the story of Romy & J, who are both alone on ships travelling through space and start talking via email. The only problem?Continue reading “New book announced!”