Last week I visited a couple of schools; Fenagh and Cloone National Schools. Both presented me with books full of letters and drawings from the students. I loved it all and I was particularly tickled when I noticed that Eason featured in two drawings based on the finale!
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Yesterday I was delighted to speak to the 6th graders in Bobby Shaw Middle School, Texas, thanks to the magic of Skype. This was my first Skype chat to a group of readers and I certainly hope that it won’t be my last! After a couple of technical hitches – (my fault; I hadn’t changed my laptop settings post Skype update) – we got down to business. First off, I was asked to explain where exactly Dublin is in Ireland. Once I described in as much detail as I could muster, the 6th graders told me a little about their home town of Pasadena. It’s a small town just outside of Houston. Read the rest of this entry »
So my second book, Arthur Quinn and the Fenris Wolf, has appeared on Amazon and a few other book-selling sites. The book is hitting the shelves in August so this is your first chance to see the cover and read the synopsis. I hope you’re as excited about reading Arthur’s next adventures as I was writing them!
Life is finally back to normal for Arthur Quinn. Three months ago, he and his friends put their lives at risk to stop the trickster god Loki from taking over the world. However, just when Arthur is starting to relax again, the dreams start once more; dreams of gods, dreams of war, dreams of wolves. It can mean only one thing. Loki is back. In the midst of a deep snowfall, Loki plots his vengeance on Arthur. In the months since their last battle, the trickster God has been assembling a deadly army of wolves and he intends to take the world once and for all. Can Arthur trust his two new classmates? Where did Ash’s puppy come from? And what is hidden in the National Museum that Loki is so desperate to get? Mysteries and questions arise as, once again, it’s down to Arthur Quinn and his friends to save the world. But what they don’t know is that this time, Loki has help…
I’m appearing at some fun and interesting events over the next couple of months so I figured I’ll list them here.
CBI Conference 2012
19th – 20th May
This is one for children’s book enthusiasts everywhere. The annual conference from CBI takes place in the National Library. This years theme is Weaving a Shared Story and I’m taking part in a panel discussion on childhood influences. Other panelists include Paula Leyden, Geraldine Meade, Denise Deegan, and Debbie Thomas. I’m really looking forward to this as, not only is this my first time as a participant of the conference, it’s my first time attending! There’s a great line-up including a host of children’s writers for all ages. Have a look at the flyer here and book your tickets soon. This one usually sells out! Read the rest of this entry »