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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 […]

Finding inspiration in objects

Ruth Hatfield is the author of the forthcoming 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. In today’s post Ruth […]

A Pony for Jean

The legendary publisher Liz Calder, founder of Bloomsbury and the literary festivals FLIP in Brazil and Flipside in Suffolk, as well as the boutique publishing house Full Circle Editions, credits A PONY FOR JEAN as being the book that first ignited her passion for reading. It was hearing Liz talk about JEAN in Saxmundham’s Library […]

Author Versus Archeologist – Discoveries

Ruth Hatfield is the author of the forthcoming THE BOOK OF STORMS (recently named Book of the Month for November by the Bookseller, yay!). She is also an archeologist who actually goes to far off lands to dig up things. In her first blog post for us, she’s talking about the intersection between being an […]

Litter Vigilante, part 4

Note from Sara: In honour of the fourth instalment in this series, I have gleefully created a new category for our blog: rubbish. If you’ve missed any of the previous ones, have at it! Elon Dann’s Awe of Mercury and Clockwise to Titan both feature cunning escapes made with rubbish. Here, he continues his blog series with more […]

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