Illustrator Interview: THE UPSIDE-DOWN FISH with Laura Matine

Introducing Laura Matine, illustrator of my first picture book, The Upside-Down Fish, published in February 2015 with Sky Pony Press… Kate Louise: Hi Laura! Thanks for stopping by. First can you share with us what techniques and materials you used for the UDF art? Laura Matine: Hi Kate, I’ve always been interested in mixed media….

Books of Halloweens Past

Every year I put a list of Halloween reads together for myself. As I’m currently working my way through my 2016 picks, with only 4 days left until Halloween, I’m looking back at the books I chose to read in previous years.

Books Read September 2016

REVIEWS FURTHERMORE Tahereh Mafi In a magical land of colour, Alice is born without any. She’s an outcast in Ferenwood. When a boy she dislikes approaches her for help on a task he’s been set by the Ferenwood Elders, Alice turns him down. But soon she discovers the task is to bring her father home,…

Creative Writing: A Journal with Art to Kickstart Your Writing by Eva Glettner

My thoughts on Creative Writing: A Journal with Art to Kickstart Your Writing by Eva Glettner This is a unique and wonderfully inventive creative writing journal, published this month with Chronicle Books. The pages are bursting with colour, inspiration, and writing prompts. It presents an idea, then lets the writer do the rest. It’s fun and it…

Books Read August 2016

REVIEWS THE MUSEUM OF HEARTBREAK Meg Leder Penelope loves books and movies and romance, and wants her happily ever after. So when her friends start branching out and making new friends, things become complicated. And when a guy she likes asks her out, everything begins to change. Is Penelope’s world moving in the right direction?…

YALC 2016

At the end of July the Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC) took place in London as part of the London Film and Comic Con. I attended this event last year and had the best time so I was excited to be going back. It was a bit different for me this year as I had…

Jennifer L Armentrout Event: Q&A and Signing

Jennifer L Armentrout is currently touring the UK and I was lucky enough to attend the Q&A and signing event at Waterstones Birmingham on Thursday night. Birmingham is quite a journey for me, but it was totally worth it! My bookshelf holds roughly 20 of Jennifer L Armentrout’s books, not to mention those on my kindle,…

Books Read July 2016

REVIEWS THROUGH THE MIRROR DOOR Sarah Baker Angela lives in a children’s home and is moved around often. She makes up stories, makes her own clothing, and tends not to get along with the other children. Then the news comes that her aunt, uncle, and two cousins are coming to collect her and taking her…

Books Read June 2016

REVIEWS THE BOY MOST LIKELY TO Huntley Fitzpatrick Tim is turning a corner. He moves into the Garrett’s garage apartment for a new start, joins an AA group, and starts to spend more time with Alice. When things seem to be going right for him, someone from his past resurfaces with life-changing news… 

The Wanderers: Jax and Hugo

JAX AND HUGO (COUSINS) SHAPE: WHITE TIGERS The cousins had a hard time with their previous pack, and Jax has a scar on his jaw to prove it. Both are gentle and caring despite their life in the wild and have startling blue eyes in both human and animal form. Illustrations by Grace Sandford: www.gracesandford.com I’m…

The Wanderers: Lola and Kanna

LOLA AND KANNA (SISTERS) SHAPE: PARROTS Lola is two years older than Kanna, though the two of them look like twins. Lola is a leader and a protector of her pack and her sister. Kanna is a fierce sidekick and often doesn’t make a great first impression. They’re the only shifters who can communicate well…

The Wanderers: Lucas, Lance, and Logan

LUCAS, LANCE, AND LOGAN (TRIPLETS) SHAPE: ELEPHANTS The triplets are mischievous. Growing up, they loved playing pranks on the other circus members (especially Flo, who is responsible for ruining past jokes). They’re identical in both human and animal form. Beneath the fun, they’re fiercely loyal to each other and to those closest to them. Illustrations…