Authors Archive

Behind The Boy With the Tiger’s Heart

Today’s blog is by Linda Coggin, author of THE BOY WITH THE TIGER’S HEART.Hot Key have asked me to write a blog about THE BOY WITH THE TIGER’S HEART. When I write my own blog I rely heavily on pictures of fluffy chicks and the antics of the many furred and feathered creatures I live […]

All hail… Queen James!

On Friday 11th July, we dusted off our pink frocks and hopped down to the train station to take a trip to Godalming for the one and only QUEEN OF TEEN AWARDS CEREMONY! The Queen of Teen is a really fun award for teen and YA authors run by The Book People, and it’s quite […]

AWE OF MERCURY – How it came to be, and very nearly didn’t.

Today’s blog post is by Elon Dann, author of AWE OF MERCURY (the sequel to CLOCKWISE TO TITAN) which is out today! Everyone who read CLOCKWISE TO TITAN said it felt like there should be a sequel, although that had never been my intention when writing. I was happy we’d been allowed to peek through […]

Say Their Name

Today we’ve got a guest post from Hot Key author, James Dawson (with two very special guest appearances!) Hello dear readers, The Hot Key team asked me to write a short blog to keep you up to date with everything that’s going on with me. Yes, ME. Let’s start with Say Her Name. Two weeks […]

From True Crime to Fiction

Today’s blog is written by Gregg Olsen, author of new YA thriller RUN. His background is in True Crime, and here he talks about how his research has informed his fiction… I’ve lived a life of crime. Not committing any, of course, but talking to those people who have. The list is daunting: A man […]

James Dawson for Queen of Teen!

The Queen of Teen shortlist is packed with amazing talent, but we can’t help but make a pitch for our favourite, James Dawson #BOYQUEEN. If you haven’t made up your mind about who to vote for, maybe this will help sway you?   Ladies and gentlemen, can I have your attention please… By royal decree, […]

Paper versus Pixels in April – PLEDGES

Last week, Laure Eve launched a challenge for herself and for you: Papers vs Pixels and you took it up in droves! Here is a run down of who had pledged what, TEAM PAPER versus TEAM PIXELS – it looks pretty evenly balanced at the moment. Follow the hashtag: #PaperVsPixels to see how people are […]

It Is Easy to Encourage a Child to Love Reading

It is easy to encourage a child to love reading and books. You just have to take the time to ask them what they think. Today, Fleur Hitchcock posted the final chapter in her second Story Adventure – a website where a Hot Key author writes a book, chapter by chapter, and asks the hundreds […]

From Jackanory to HARVEY DREW via Toxic Spew

Today’s blog comes from Cas Lester, the author of HARVEY DREW AND THE BIN MEN FROM OUTER SPACE! Flickering Spew!  The freedom of writing children books is gobsmacking. After years of making children’s programmes for CBBC, which I absolutely loved, I hasten to add, writing books is fabulously liberating. It’s not that children’s television drama […]

Writing futures for troubled young lives

By The Reading Agency A few weeks ago Hot Key Books, Scholastic and The Reading Agency hosted a fascinating discussion on identity, punishment and prison reform to mark the tenth anniversary of the publication of seminal young adults’ thriller LOOKING FOR JJ, together with the release of its long-awaited sequel, FINDING JENNIFER JONES by Anne Cassidy. […]


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