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  1. Today I’m delighted to welcome debut author, K.D. Thomas. K.D.'s first novel, Twin Cities, is published by J.Ellington Ashton Press. K.D had already written this novel when she attended one of my creative writing classes. I thought it sounded fantastic and am delighted that she’s secured herself a publisher for not one but two of her novels. Her second novel, Blue Moon will be released soon by the same publisher. Well done, K.D. :)

     

    Kathys book

    And to whet your appetite, here's the blurb.

    Blurb

    Tom is an ordinary man, living an ordinary life. He’s married with a job, a wife, two kids and a mortgage. Everything is as it should be, until he starts to believe he’s losing his mind.

    Scenes of violence, rape and murder fill his head, making him question everything he thought he knew about himself. Is it possible he’s really committing these terrible crimes?

    You can buy it from Amazon
          
    It sounds fascinating,  K.D.

     

    I asked K.D. to tell us a bit about herself


    How did you get started writing?

    I’ve been writing for years. Actually my first work (a novella) was called Shades of Grey – no, not that one! Then I kept coming up with story ideas and it just
    mushroomed. Now I’ve written three screenplays and am halfway through my sixth novel. To be honest, it was only after doing a creative writing course I
    actually got the confidence to submit something. It went to a publisher known to be open to submissions and the rest, as they say, is history!

    Can you tell us a fun fact about yourself?

    I’m actually trained as a cardiac nurse.

    What’s your top writing tip for new writers?

    Humm... I would have to say keep writing and editing what you write. Plus – and this is a biggie – read as much as you can!

    About K.D.

    Kathy

     

     K.D. lives and writes in Worcester. Having been made redundant by the NHS 19 months ago, she now spends her time painting furniture and making jewellery which she sells at craft fairs, oh yes, and she writes of course!

    You can find out more about her on her Website

    Thanks for dropping by to tell us about your book, K.D.

     

     

     

     

     

  2. Last week I blogged about the things young children can learn from my picture books. This week, I’m going to talk about a couple of my books for older children. These are all adventure story books but there are lots of things children can learn from them, and some interesting projects they can do, based around them.

                           firstborn_cover_1(original)

    Firstborn is a fantasy book for 9-12 year olds. When Myden and Tsela are captured by the evil Isleck, two dragons rescue them but soon they are all entangled in a dangerous quest to find the Golden Dragon and a battle to save Cryenia. Children can learn about making the right choices, bravery and looking out for others in this book. And for extra fun, they can draw their own dragons and create their own fantasy world, like Cryenia. I run a dragon workshop in schools based around this book.

     

    dognapped             sabotage         smugglers

     

    The Amy Carter Mysteries. Dognapped, Sabotage and Smugglers are podcast detective stories for 8-11 year olds. Amy Carter is an American girl who stays at her gran’s B&B in Cornwall, England for the summer. When Gran’s prize-winning pooch goes missing, Amy and her side-kick, Max, are determined to find it. There are three books in the series. Children can learn about observation, solving clues and never giving up from these books. You can encourage them to make up their own codes and secret messages. I run a detective workshop in schools based around these books.

     

    Reading Heroes

     

    This collection of six adventure stories for confident readers of 6-8 years tells of Lili and Zac’s adventures on Karlin Island, their nature reserve home. There’s a lot to discuss in this book as children read about Lili and Zac’s adventures with rare birds, dolphins and basking sharks. You can talk to your children about survival skills and use the book as the basis for a fun project on sea creatures.

    Remember, your children are never too old to read to and discuss books with, so next time you see them engrossed in a book talk to them about it. You’ll be amazed what they’re learning from what they’re reading.

    (A version of this blog first appeared on K5learningblog )