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Firefly YA Panel

By | My Life on a Plate, White Petals

I really enjoyed the Firefly Press Day at Waterstones Cardiff. It was so nice to be on the YA panel with such great authors! The kids seemed to love the children’s authors, and the YA panel got a full house of readers in the audience. Thanks to everyone for making…

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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…

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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…

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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 Williams 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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The Curtis Brown Creative Summer Selection

By | White Petals

Pleased to see White Petals in the CBC Summer Selection! 🙂

http://www.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk/blog/the-cbc-summer-selection/

In 2011, I was accepted as one of the fifteen students to join the inaugural Curtis Brown Creative novel-writing course. When I joined the course, I had completed the first 10,000 words of White Petals. During my time with CBC, I redrafted that initial 10,000 words to improve the story, strengthen the voice, structure the timeline and make the plot more dramatic.

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Wales Online Article

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

Wales Online have put up a great article, highlighting the wonderful illustrations of all my lovely winning artists for White Petals.
When Firefly and I launched the competition to find illustrations for White Petals, we were very fortunate to receive such a fantastic, diverse mix of art work from all over the country.
On behalf of the publisher and myself, I would like to thank everyone who entered the White Petals illustration competition.
All the artists who entered the competition were greatly skilled, but alas, we could only pick 37 winning illustrations.
I would like to congratulate all the winners. You did a brilliant job! *virtual high-five* 🙂

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My First Official Review! :-)

By | My Life on a Plate, White Petals

My first official review is in! Yay! 🙂
The review is by the lovely Beth Reekles – author of The Kissing Booth, Rolling Dice, Out of Tune, amongst other great reads.
I have to admit that I was a little nervous about getting my first review, but after reading it today, I’m really happy that Beth enjoyed White Petals.
Phew! That’s a weight lifted off my shoulders!

Everyone keeps telling me not to read the reviews, just in case they’re unpleasant. But I suppose there are always going to be some negative as well as positive reviews, aren’t there? I just hope that the majority of them are positive! *bites nails*
So, to anyone who reads my books: if you’re going to write a review, please be kind! I’m only just starting out in my career as an author, so I’m a bit like a budding rose at the moment – I’m growing nicely each day, but I still have some thorns. I suppose as with everything in life, we can either choose to make the most of the thorns, or we can choose to make the most of the roses!

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