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MIND YOUR HEAD reveals mental health stats

87% of teenagers say they have experience some form of mental health issue Survey undertaken for teen mental health book MIND YOUR HEAD reveals shocking statistic   A survey undertaken by author Juno Dawson for her latest book MIND YOUR HEAD[1], reveals more shocking statistics on the unspoken problems caused by mental health issues in […]

THE DOG, RAY – who made the tail wag?

  Hot Key asked if I would write a post here about my new book THE DOG, RAY.  I thought I’d show you a picture – actually several pictures of the inspiration for the story – my own dog Beezle. Beezle is now a thirteen year old Lurcher- just a tiny bit older than Daisy, […]

Black Cairn Point Blog Tour Roundup

Today’s blog is a guest post by Claire McFall, author of BLACK CAIRN POINT.   I have a confession to make: bloggers kind of scare me. And it’s not because they aren’t lovely, helpful and friendly… because they are! It’s because, well, they hold the power. Their views are respected, they have thousands of readers […]

Join the Revolution! | THE BIG LIE Launch

On Wednesday we travelled to Berkhamsted to celebrate the launch of THE BIG LIE by Julie Mayhew and here’s a recap of the party! Amazing venue decor at @JulieMayhew launch for #TheBigLie! — raremediumwelldone (@weimingkam) August 26, 2015 Dress code? Slogan T-shirts and disobedient attire. Food? PRETZELS! A spirited launch for @JulieMayhew‘s #TheBigLie. I was told […]

Gothic Horror, Gaelic and Ghosts | The Inspiration Behind SHIVER THE WHOLE NIGHT THROUGH

Today’s author blog is by Darragh McManus (@McManusDarragh), author of SHIVER THE WHOLE NIGHT THROUGH. The oldest axiom in writing is this: write about what you know. I’m no different to anyone else. So my first book, finished when I was twenty-nine, was about a late-twenties Irishman who thought, talked and acted in ways suspiciously […]

Authors in the Office

There are always fun things going on at Hot Key HQ! Sometimes authors pop into the office for a meeting and of course we can never resist to film some fun videos. When Edward Carey, author and illustrator of HEAP HOUSE and FOULSHAM, came to visit a couple of weeks ago, we filmed quite a […]

Top Ten Tuesday: E. Lockhart Live Edition

It’s Top Ten Tuesday and want to share 10 things you can do to prepare yourself for our Google Hangout with E Lockhart, author of WE WERE LIARS, THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS and HOW TO BE BAD, this Saturday at 3PM! 1. RSVP to the live stream so you won’t miss it. (Duh!) […]

22,000 ideas

It’s an emotional day today, as it always is when we finish a Story Adventure. Every Monday for the past ten weeks, Cas Lester has written a chapter of Harvey Drew story. At the end of each chapter, she asked the hundreds of schools children represented on the site to contribute their ideas into the next […]

Finding Inspiration by Travelling: Ruth Hatfield

Ruth Hatfield is the author of THE BOOK OF STORMS. She is also an archeologist who actually goes to far off lands to dig up things. In her first blog post, which you can read here, she talked about the intersection between being an author and being an archeologist. The second blog was about finding […]

NaNoWriMo Writer Pep Talk

NaNoWriMo, if you didn’t know, is National Novel Writing Month, where writers take a deep breath, let themselves go and try to write 50,000 words in a month. It wonderful writing madness that I heartily encourage. The 1,667 per day quota is burned into my memory from 2007 when I raced fellow author and editor […]


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