I'm not being Lucy Diamond today, I'm being me, Sue Mongredien, children's author instead. I got to do a little book run this morning, which is up there as one of the nicest things about writing children's books. (That, and reading them to my own children, of course.) I've got quite a few books coming out this month and, as I get about twenty copies of each, I took a load into school to donate to the library and classrooms. I feel all warm and fuzzy now, thinking about my little stories being read and hopefully chuckled over by lots of REAL children, not just my three.
So, what do you reckon? Shall I do some shameless plugging while I'm at it? Oh, go on, then.
The first one that's out is called The Cloud Princess. It's part of a series called Little Princesses that Random House have published and they're all under the pseudonym Katie Chase. I've only written three of them, the wonderful Narinder Dharmi wrote a lot of the others, but they're a lovely series, just right for six-year-olds and over.
And coming out on Friday, there are two new Oliver Moons - Oliver Moon and the Nipperbat Nightmare and Oliver Moon's Summer Howliday, both published by Usborne, illustrated by the brilliant Jan McCafferty. These ones have got MY name on - hooray - and are funny, spooky stories about a boy wizard. PERFECT for six-plussers!
Last is my first picture book out next week, called Tigers Love to Say Goodnight, published by Orchard and illustrated by Sebastien Braun. For some reason Amazon haven't got a cover image up which is a shame, because the artwork is beautiful. It's hardback, though, so don't feel obliged to buy it - bit expensive!!
Phew. Sorry to do that to you. That's my lot on the plugging front now until Any Way You Want Me comes out in April!
Back in novel-writing land, I'm wrestling a bit with my plot. I'm not quite sure where it's all going which is a bit worrying, hence the slow, slow progress. I'll try and notch up a few more words before Friday's check-in, though (I nearly said 'weigh-in' then - it does seem like the same kind of process!)