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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. […]

#PaperVsPixels: April Reading Challenge with Laure Eve

To paraphrase Paul McCartney, this is an ever-changing world in which we’re livin’, and which has no bigger example than the world of books. The ways in which you can consume a story continue to multiply, which frankly for readers and writers alike can only be a good thing.   In reflection of the world […]

Dawn O’Porter 2014 UK and Irish tour

In case you hadn’t already noticed from the Twitter buzz, the inimitable Dawn O’Porter is back in the UK and Ireland at the end of next week on tour to promote GOOSE, the sequel to best-selling PAPER AEROPLANES. Fans will be eager to catch up with Renee and Flo who are now in their final […]

The Beginnings of THE MADNESS

Today’s blog post is by Alison Rattle, author of THE MADNESS. A story can come from anywhere. An overheard conversation, a memory, a dream, a news report, a scent of something half remembered, a place… It can be a setting, a character or a plot that starts you on that journey to writing your story. […]

A Place of Healing

Today Edyth Bulbring,  author of I HEART BEAT and the APRIL-MAY books, shares with us how a harrowing personal event lead her back to all the places that inspired her beautiful and moving new book. A couple of weeks ago, I was sitting on my stoep in Johannesburg editing my new book. When I looked […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Apocalypses

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is by Iva-Marie Palmer, author of THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT, which will be published on March 6th. When I set out to write THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT, my main goal was to bring to the page the feeling of one of […]

Heat up your Valentine’s…

Did you know, when we launched our first contest for Unlocked, we had so many wonderful submissions that we couldn’t just pick 1? We ended up with two Christmas winners and asked one of the runners-up to save her story for a Valentine’s release. And it’s here! Along with two more stories from writers from […]


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