Interview with AG Howard, author of ROSEBLOOD

I’m delighted to welcome AG Howard to talk about her new YA Phantom of the Opera-inspired retelling, RoseBlood! The book is out today with Abrams and Chronicle. Kate Ormand: Congratulations on your new book! Can you tell us a little about how The Phantom of the Opera inspired you and why you chose it as the…

December 2016 Book Reviews

FREEKS Amanda Hocking A traveling carnival where the acts have supernatural abilities arrive at a new site and something doesn’t feel right. Something is playing with their senses and weakening their powers. When one camp member goes missing and another is attacked, the group start searching for answers… High danger, an unknown evil, supernatural secrets, and a…

Illustrator Interview: TOUGH COOKIE with Grace Sandford

Introducing Grace Sandford, illustrator of my third picture book release, Tough Cookie, published in November 2015 with Sky Pony Press… Kate Louise: Hi Grace! Thanks for stopping by. First can you share with us what techniques and materials you used for the Tough Cookie art? Grace Sandford: The artwork for Tough Cookie is mixed media…

November 2016 Book Reviews

SUPER AWKWARD Beth Garrod Bella’s having the worst holiday ever while her friends are having a party back home. But things soon take a turn for the better when Bella meets Zac. Returning home to rumours following the party, Bella shares everything about Zac with her friends, but the information reaches the wrong ears.

Illustrator Interview: PIERRE THE FRENCH BULLDOG RECYCLES with Bethany Straker

Introducing Bethany Straker, illustrator of my second picture book, Pierre the French Bulldog Recycles, published in March 2015 with Sky Pony Press… Kate Louise: Hi Bethany! Thanks for stopping by. First can you share with us what techniques and materials you used for the Pierre art? Bethany Straker: Hi Kate! Thanks for having me. So, for this…

Books of Wonder Store Tour

(I originally posted this here) We love browsing the shelves at Books of Wonder. It’s such a magical store with so much to see and enjoy. We walk through the revolving door into another world and we know we’ll be here for a while… 

October 2016 Book Reviews

 IRON CAST Destiny Soria Corinne is a wordsmith—she can make others see what’s not there, creating illusions through poetry. Ada is a songsmith—her music conjures powerful emotions and can meddle with memory. Both girls are hemopaths, considered a threat to society with their abilities to manipulate the mind. Iron can identify those whose blood gives…

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.

September 2016 Book 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, who…

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…

August 2016 Book 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? Or…

NYC 2016

I visited New York City for the first time in August last year where I met my agent, my publisher, author friends, and did an event at the New York Public Library. I wrote about it last year on the Creative Authors blog if you’d like to read: My first visit to NYC I went…

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…