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!”

Cover reveal for The Deep-Sea Duke

I’m so excited to share the cover of The Deep-Sea Duke, coming out with Barrington Stoke in Feb 2021. This is set on an underwater planet, who are facing a climate crisis as refugees from a nearby planet keep arriving. It’s a scavenger hunt, a love story, and a drama of courtly intrigue in theContinue reading “Cover reveal for The Deep-Sea Duke”

STEAM Book Prize double shortlisting and story update

Hugely thrilled that both The Quiet at the End of the World and The Starlight Watchmaker have been shortlisted for the2020 STEAM Children’s Book Prize, celebrating science in fiction! Here’s the full YA list: Beauty Sleep by Kathryn Evans Usborne The Chaos of Now by Erin Lange Faber & Faber The Starlight Watchmaker by LaurenContinue reading “STEAM Book Prize double shortlisting and story update”

Carnegie nomination for The Starlight Watchmaker!

  Super exciting news today! The Starlight Watchmaker has been nominated for the Carnegie medal! This is so exciting, especially as nominations come from librarians themselves, who know exactly what teenagers are reading. Congratulations to everyone else on the list! If you haven’t read it yet, you can still get signed copies in the saleContinue reading “Carnegie nomination for The Starlight Watchmaker!”

Writing a ‘readable’ novella for Barrington Stoke

When Barrington Stoke approached me about writing an accessible novella for struggling readers, I knew immediately that I wanted to write a science fiction story. The sci-fi genre can be incredibly hard to get into for new readers. Books tend to be 500+ pages long, with lots of dense science facts and made-up terminology that’sContinue reading “Writing a ‘readable’ novella for Barrington Stoke”

My next book – The Starlight Watchmaker!

Surprise! I have a SECOND BOOK coming out this year! The Starlight Watchmaker is a novella about a lonely android watchmaker at an alien academy, and the pompous Duke who drags him out of his attic workshop. It’s coming out in paperback in July with Barrington Stoke, and it’s designed to be really readable forContinue reading “My next book – The Starlight Watchmaker!”