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What I’ve Been Up To

Hello! *waves*

So, it turns out that this whole parenting-writering-life thing is pretty hardcore. It eats away at your time, and before you know it whole months have gone by. Since I last saw you all back in April, I have done some or all of the following:

  • Kept self (and kid) alive and mostly happy
  • Finished an intense second draft of my second book
  • Written to hundreds of schools and libraries across Ireland and the UK
  • Begun to think about a potentially Exciting New Project
  • Led a writing workshop at the Hinterland Festival in Kells, Co Meath

I think you’ll agree, that’s quite a lot of Things!

Hinterland Name Badge

My name badge from the Hinterland Festival! Photo: SJ O’Hart

I really enjoyed the workshop at the Hinterland Festival, and I’m so grateful to the organisers for inviting me along. I led a group of hardy young explorers on a polar adventure where we learned about dogsledding, named our dogsled team, and wrote thrilling adventures on the ice – all on a swelteringly hot day! It was huge fun.

I’m also preparing for a writing workshop next week in Ballyroan Library in Dublin where I’ll be discussing Monsters, Mythical Creatures, and Heroic Tales with a bunch of brave storyfinders. We’ll be uncovering what makes monsters tick, and using our insights to write stories of courage, cunning and (perhaps?) a little magic…

My second book – about which I’ll hopefully be able to tell you more in the next few months – has officially been redrafted, and so I’m expecting edits from both sides of the Atlantic over the next few months. To save myself from chewing my fingernails to the quick while I wait, I’ve been dipping my toe (or my quill?) into a new project, about which I can tell you precisely zip. Zero. Zilch. So, let’s hope all goes well there, and I can let you all in on the secret – eventually!

Annnnd… best of all, I’ve been writing to loads of schools and school libraries across Ireland and the UK, sending out packs of signed prints, bookmarks, and whatever else I can put together. It has been the most rewarding thing to see my little gifts arriving and to know they’re on display, where they’ll hopefully foster a culture of reading among the children who see them. Thank you to every teacher and librarian who has been in touch with me – I really appreciate your interest and support! And if you’re a teacher or librarian who’d like to hear from me, do get in touch.

Next month it will be a year since The Eye of the North came out in the US and Canada, and six months since its publication in the UK and Ireland. I reckon there’ll be a giveaway in the works, so if you don’t already follow me on Twitter, now’s your chance. I’m far more likely to be talking about it over there than I am to be doing it over here, so it might be worth your while.

So, that’s all for now. I’m off to wander in dreams for a bit, to see what I can see… If our paths happen to cross, do be sure to say hello. Until next time: Never stop adventurin’!

Housekeeping!

I’m just dropping in briefly to draw your attention to two small things which may be of interest:

Firstly, if you’re interested in ordering a signed copy of The Eye of the North, you can do so by contacting The Campus Bookshop, based in Dublin. They are reachable by phone on 00 353 1 2691384, or by email at campus.bookshop@gmail.com. There is very limited stock available, but if you want to try your luck, have at it.

Ted and bag

Ted here has already been and picked up his copy. He says The Eye of the North is ‘all kinds of awesome’, just fyi. Photo credit: SJ O’Hart

And secondly: I am running a giveaway to win a signed copy of The Eye of the North over on my Twitter page. It’s only available to US and Canadian residents, but if you happen to fall into that category, and you’d like a chance to win, all the information you’ll need is here:

If you’re not on Twitter, fear not: I shall be running another book giveaway via Goodreads in a week or two. You can slide on over to my Goodreads page here – you might as well add The Eye of the North to your shelf, while you’re at it.

I think that’s all for now! Thanks for stopping by, and toodle pip ’til next time.

If by any chance you’ve read The Eye of the North, would you be so kind as to leave me a review? Even a star rating on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble and so on can make a huge difference to a book’s visibility. Thank you!