So this week I started to write my next book – working title, Tales of the Ancient Rabbits, a sort of stand-alone prequel to The Chimney Rabbit, set in the same world, but in a different country and with a different set of main characters. I had pondered whether my next project should have been… Read More
Month: June 2013
The Quarry is Iain Banks’ last novel. It is a story of a man dying of cancer, and when Banks was 87,000 words into the first draft he discovered that, in some sort of cosmic joke, he, too, was dying of cancer. His publishers brought the publication date of the book forward, but he died… Read More
How long is a piece of string?
One thing I’ve found very difficult to work out when writing for children is this: How long should a children’s book be? For the purpose of this post I’m referring to books for what our American cousins call “Middle Grade” or MG, which usually translates into the 8-12 age group (sometimes 8-11 or 9-12). There’s… Read More