Touring without moving

Keris Starring Kitty coverLots of lovely bloggers are currently hosting me on a blog tour for Starring Kitty.

You can read the first two chapters of the book on my publisher’s blog, Catnip Books…

Learn why I do love to be beside the seaside with Rachael Lucas…

Lovely Stephanie Burgis asked me some probing questions

I picked my Top 5 Fictional Couples for Peter Jones…

Told Sister Spooky why book people are the best people (plus bonus random questions)…

Shared my dreams and regrets with Jax at Live Otherwise…

And answered yet more probing questions, this time from Carly at Writing from the Tub

A fab chat with lovely Rhian Ivory – who got me to reveal lots of writing secrets (spoiler alert: I’m rubbish at making stuff up) – at Author Allsorts

I wrote about why Kitty’s mum has multiple sclerosis for my lovely friend Laura’s blog, Littlestuff….

Another interview, this time with Caroline at Their Queer Materials

And finally, I share my five favourite films with Jim at YAYeahYeah.

Starring Kitty has a cover (and I love it)

So my next book has got a cover. And I totally and utterly love it. You know, like I, um, just said in the title to this post…

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The book is out 10 July and here’s the description:

The first in a new series about first love and friendship by much-loved teen author Keris Stainton

Sometimes the greatest love stories happen behind the scenes…

Kitty’s keeping secrets. Like how she’s struggling to cope with her mum’s illness. And how she’s falling for the girl with the purpley-red hair… A fun film competition with her friends Sunny and Hannah seems like the perfect distraction. But then Dylan wants to be more than Kitty’s secret. Is Kitty ready to let her two worlds meet or will she risk losing Dylan forever?

You can pre-order it on Amazon or Hive.

I’ve made a Pinterest board (of course I have) featuring some of the settings.

Hope you like it!

What, Why and How I Write

I was tagged to do this by Catherine Ryan Howard and I said yes because I think she’s completely fabulous (seriously, if you have even the slightest interest in self-publishing you must read her blog) and also because, well, she begged a bit…

1. What am I working on?

I’ve just started the second book in the Reel Friends series. The first, Starring Kitty, comes out in June and there’s a brand new blurb…

Kitty’s keeping secrets. Like how she’s struggling to cope with her mum’s illness. And how she’s falling for the girl with the purpley-red hair . . .

Entering a film-making competition with her best friends Sunny and Hannah seems like the perfect distraction. But then Dylan wants to be more than Kitty’s secret. Is Kitty ready to let her two worlds meet or will she risk losing Dylan forever?

grover2. How does my work differ from others in the genre?

Every book* mentions a Sesame Street character.

3. Why do I write what I do?

Because it’s what I wanted to read when I was a teen. Smart girls, cute boys, gorgeous settings, Sesame Street characters…

writing4. How does my writing process work?

Have an idea. Start writing furiously and excitedly. Lose interest. Moan, complain, wonder what else I can do for a living, realise there’s nothing. Force myself to carry on. Eventually drag myself to the end of the story. Procrastinate for anything between a week to a year. Get on with rewriting. Complain, flail, cry. Go to a café and start making notes for the next draft. Realise I have the best job in the world. Regret all the moaning, crying, flailing, procrastination. Finish the novel. Repeat. Every. Damn. Time.

* Except Della Says: OMG!

The writers I invited to take part in this tour** are:

Helen Grant

7A09B565-7746-408A-A9CF-CEE519FC6182Helen Grant writes contemporary YA thrillers with international settings. She was born in London but has lived in Spain, Germany and Belgium. Her first book, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, was set in Bad Münstereifel in Germany, her home for 7 years, and her latest book, Silent Saturday (an urbex thriller), is set in Flanders. Helen now lives in Scotland where she spends her spare time poking about in ruined churches and castles, and writing ghost stories on the side.

http://helengrantbooks.blogspot.co.uk

Sophia Bennett

Loo picSophia lives in London, where she loves visiting the shops and museums, and also the writing shed at the bottom of her garden. She has written theThreads series for girls of 9-12 who like high fashion and saving the world. For slightly older readers, Sophia has also written The Look and You Don’t Know Me. Her new book, The Castle, is out in the summer of 2014. You can find her here: sophiabennett.com.

 

** I know, I know, there’s meant to be three. But I could only scare up two. Sorry.

New book news!

I have been sitting on this news for SO LONG!

I am so excited to be working with Catnip and particularly excited to be writing a series. And, yes, I probably should have spent more time today actually writing and less time looking for Snoopy dance gifs, but, you know, woo-hoo!

Catnip Books has acquired World rights excluding US for a series for 11-14 year olds called REEL FRIENDS by  Keris Stainton, author of Della Says OMG and the popular ‘Hearts’ series, from Hannah Sheppard of the DHH Literary Agency.

The series centres on a group of three friends who enter a film-making competition, with each book focusing on a different girl’s life, including first relationships, family life and friends. The first book in the series will be Starring Kitty, which Keris has been writing as part of NaNoWriMo and will focus on Kitty as she works out how she feels about another girl.

Liz Bankes at Catnip says, “We are thrilled to be working with Keris on this series, which has the heart, humour and light touch that reminds me of stories I used to love reading in teen magazines. With this book, we saw a refreshing opportunity to create a fun series for young readers that represents more than just the girl-boy romances that are typically marketed to this age group.”

The first book will be published in June 2014, with a second to follow in October. Keris was one of the driving forces behind the recent Authors for Philippines auction website where authors’ donations helped raise more than £55,000 for the Red Cross Typhoon Haiyan Appeal.