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Tir na n-Og Awards 2016

By | Cool Stuff, White Petals

The Welsh Books Council has announced the titles on the shortlist of the prestigious Tir na n-Og Awards for 2016. The awards celebrate a special 40th birthday this year and there is much excitement surrounding the announcement of the winning title.
Although White Petals didn’t make it onto the lovely list, I’m still chuffed because it made onto the Highly Commended list by the judging panel of 2016. I’m also chuffed that I’m on there with my brilliant Firefly teammate Eloise Williams and her wonderful children’s book Elen’s Island.

Have a look at the great list of books on the awards list, and there’s also a link to my interview with girlsheartbooks about the awards.

Congratulations to all! ๐Ÿ˜€

Welsh Books Council – Tir na n-Og Awards

girlsheartbooks interview with Maria Grace

Interview with MuggleNet

By | Cool Stuff, White Petals

I’ve just done a great interview with MuggleNet, and I have to say, it turned out a bit lovely!
The journalist – Lucy Aprahamian – was an utter professional, and I really enjoyed working with her. She asked some fab questions, as you will see if you click on the link to the interview (below). I love it when I get asked juicy questions; it makes the interview so much more interesting and fun!
As a Harry Potter fan myself, it was an absolute pleasure to be interviewed for MuggleNet. The whole thing has inspired me to go back through all seven books of the Harry Potter series again! So, while I get my Gryff on (yes, I did the test, and I definitely belong to Gryffindor! ), why don’t you have a read of the interview and see what you think? And after that, have a nose around the MuggleNet website – it’s a lot of fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Maria Grace – Interview with MuggleNet.

Interview with Books & Pontyclun

By | Cool Stuff, My Life on a Plate, White Petals | No Comments

I really enjoyed my visit to Books & Pontyclun bookshop. During my visit, I was asked if I would do a video interview with author Daniel Parsons, which I was very happy to do.
As a writer who’s used to being behind a screen, rather than in front of one, I find it weird to do video interviews. My brother Gav does it on a regular basis for IGN and he always seems really comfortable in front of the camera.
Me? I think I missed that screen-worthy gene because I find it really strange to talk to a monitor, instead of an actual person! Which is probably why I spent most of this interview looking at Dan, instead of the camera!
Either way, I don’t mind. I suppose if I’m interacting, then it doesn’t really matter if it’s with a person or a camera, as long as I’m communicating myself and my work effectively. It’s definitely something that I’d like to work on in the future, so I can hopefully one day be comfortable in front of a camera / screen / monitor, as well as behind it! But until then, I’ll just stay tucked up behind the screen and pages of my own stories. And why not? It’s a lovely place to be, after all!

Hope you enjoy watching ๐Ÿ™‚

White Petals Wordsearch! :-)

By | Cool Stuff, My Life on a Plate, White Petals

I have been blessed with the most lovely gift ever!
A wonderful woman and reader of White Petals has written her review of the novel, and get this – created a word search in honour of my beloved characters!
Grateful is an understatement! I absolutely LOVE it! What a treat to have someone be so kind as to actually put the time and effort into doing something like this for you. When I realised what it was, and when I sat down to do the word search with my cup of tea and a slice of carrot cake, the whole thing literally brought a tear to my eye because I appreciated it so much.

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WICID EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Brad Williams and Maria Grace

By | Cool Stuff, My Life on a Plate, White Petals

A couple of weeks ago, a young journalist called Brad Williamsย got in touch with me to ask for an interview for WICID.
Rhys Milsom – the editor of WICID – is a university friend of mine, and has told me all about the great social and creative benefits that WICID provides for our local community and young people. Being a supporter of creative incentives, I was more than happy to take part in Brad’s first exclusive interview for WICID.

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