Lu Hersey’s novel Deep Water won the 2013 Mslexia Children’s Novel Writing Award. Since it was published in 2015, it has been shortlisted for the Wirral Paperback of the Year Award and it was named by The Guardian as one of the best children’s books of 2015. In my house Deep Water has fans of many ages, so it’s a delight to ask Lu about her writing process and how she weaves in the myth and magic that runs through her work…Read More
I talk to YA author Anna McKerrow about her books Crow Moon and Red Witch, and why she is drawn to using myth and magic in her writing.Read More
Today the YA anthology (RE)Sisters: Stories of Rebel Girls, Revolution, Empowerment and Escape is published by For Books’ Sake. Here, I share the story of how I came to write 'Come Fly', my short story in this anthology.Read More
Writing often seems like a solitary activity. Yet recently I’ve noticed some of the most talented writers in Young Adult Fiction collaborating together. What is it really like to write with someone else? I asked creative partners Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan, authors of We Come Apart; and Joanna Nadin and Anthony McGowan, authors of Everybody Hurts.Read More
You wouldn't expect YA authors to be particularly nasty folk, and yet it's true we are often found being mean to teenagers - the ones in our fiction that is.Read More
I’m only in the first year of my Creative Writing PhD, but here are some of the things that have helped me write my YA novel so far.
1. Focus on process
I’ve stopped obsessing over word count and started logging what I do each day. I found that walking helps when I hit a wall. And that early mornings and late afternoons are my best times for writing.Read More