Keris Stainton is a talented YA author and (in the interests of full disclosure) a friend of mine. She also has two utterly bonkers boys (in the very best sense) and their hilarious conversations and one-liners make me giggle on a regular basis.
This week, she has released a follow-up volume, Calm Like a Stupid Feather, and I’m pleased to report it’s as funny, adorable, and occasionally disturbing as the first.
Now, I’m not just telling you this because Keris is a mate, or an excellent person (which she is), or because it’ll make you snort tea out of your nose with laughter (it will), but because Keris and her boys are donating all proceeds from the sale of the books to The Book Bus, a charity which promotes reading and literacy in developing countries.
Apologies for the radio silence, I’ve been busy with summer holiday stuff (lots of lovely visitors, days out and family time) and with – pause for drum roll – Finishing The Book! Hurrah!
It is, of course, not really finished. There will (possibly several) rewrites, but it’s an achievement nonetheless. I can’t quite believe I’ve typed The End on another book-shaped thing.
I’m letting it ‘rest’ while my agent reads it and have been getting stuck into other projects. Top of the list is a short story for a charity anthology. I decided to revisit Iris Harper (who you may remember from The Language of Spells) and I’m having a blast!
I’ve also been busy over on Novelicious, writing about theme and, ahem, sex scenes.
It’s the last day of the summer holidays here and there is a decidedly autumnal nip in the air. I’m up to my neck in school bags and uniforms and am feeling ambivalent about the new term. On one hand, I shall have more time in my writing shed but I know I shall miss my children and the long, lazy summer days. Sigh.
I hope you had/are having a truly excellent summer and, as always, thank you for reading.