A warm welcome this week to my Guest Author and fellow Sassie Emma Barnes. Emma latest children's Book, Wolfie, is out now and her new one, Wild Thing, is out in February 2014.
Sometimes a girl’s best friend just happens to be...a wolf.
Lucie has always longed for a dog. But not one this big. Or with such sharp teeth. Or with such a hungry look in its eyes. Lucie realises her new pet is not a dog...but a wolf. Not only that, but a wolf with magical powers. A talking wolf is not an easy thing to hide from your family and friends. Or from the bully next door. And as Lucie grows to love Wolfie, she also realises that her new companion is in terrible danger…
Her next book Wild Thing (out February 2014) is the first in a series about the naughtiest little sister ever.
I asked Emma to tell us a bit about herself:
1. How did you get started writing?
I always had my nose in a book, growing up, and soon started scribbling my own stories – the first ones based on Enid Blyton’s Famous Five. Later, when I was working in my first job, I realised I really wanted to write and started spending my evenings and weekends working on my first full length novel for children. It was never published, but I got enough encouragement from one of the publishers I sent it to to keep writing, and eventually my third completed “Jessica Haggerthwaite: Witch Dispatcher” was published.
2. Can you tell us a fun fact about yourself?
No! I’m hopeless at fun facts. Oh well...I love custard cream biscuits. I once ran a half marathon and would like to do so again. I come from Edinburgh, and when I was growing up tourists from all over the world used to come and photograph our house thinking it was once the home of Robert Louis Stevenson, the author of Treasure Island and Strange Case or Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. It wasn’t.
3. What’s your top writing tip for new writers?
Just write! Then revise, revise, revise.
Emma Barnes writes humorous stories about children getting into mischief, having adventures, acquiring pets (sometimes magical!), falling out with their families and generally battling with the silliness and unpredictability of life. She grew up in Edinburgh and has lived in Cambridge, London, and Colorado, and now lives in Leeds, Yorkshire with her husband, daughter and crazy rescue dog. As well as writing, she enjoys visiting schools and libraries to meet her readers (none of them have thrown any eggs so far).