|Blurbarian Since||January 2009|
|Location||neston, Cheshire, England|
i'm a Londoner at heart but now live in the Wirral, the little peninsula between Liverpool and North Wales. I work as a university lecturer teaching students training to be teachers. As my specialist area is Literacy, one of my greatest concerns is preventing a our education system creating a generation of 'Can read, won't read' young students. This is why I wrote Sim: I wanted to create a pacy, challenging book which can be read at several levels. Students are quick to sniff out and reject anything which condescends, preaches or tries to sugar-coat an educational purpose. I really hope Sim does none of those things.
For family reasons (I'm English and therefore deeply reticent about personal stuff) all the proceeds from Sim are going to cancer research.
|Spoiler alert: I'm thinking my next book will be about...|
My next real book will be an anthology published by University of Chester Press in the Spring. It's called 'Wordscapes' and I'm the editor. There is some great, prize-winning writing in it.
Sim2 is fermenting nicely in my mind. Set partly in this world, it will bring Sim and Dee back into conflict, this time over issues about terrorism. Sim3 appears to be going to be about watercress and identity- this worries me a little!
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Diana Wynne Jones- so brilliant that you just have to take two steps back and gawp at the intelligence, insight and originality of her writing.
All the writers on the Authonomy site. This is full of great books and wonderful writers who advise, criticise constructively and encourage you to keep trying. I owe a huge amount to them and am very grateful for all their support .
|This book is addictive. Read it. (At your own risk.)|
Not sure if this is supposed to be a pitch for mine or a recommendation for something else! Mine is pretty good- enough said.
Best book I've read recently? The Arrival by Shaun Tann. This is so good, i engage strangers in conversations in libraies so i can tell them about it.