Stocking Fillers

Dartmoor gets ready for Christmas…

I try not to spam readers of this blog too much – I assume that if you’re reading, you probably already know about my books. But I guess part of its purpose is as a shop window, and it’s that time of year when I should spray fake snow all over it and fill it with my latest wares – which will, of course, make PERFECT presents for your nearest and dearest. If they like this sort of thing.

GOBLIN QUEST is my latest novel, and completes the Goblins trilogy (there may be more one day, but for the moment the goblins of Clovenstone are taking a well-earned rest). I hope these books will appeal to children of about 8 and upwards, and anyone who likes fantasy, or poo. (If you’re in the USA, only the first Goblins book is available – I presume the others will follow at some point). They make a colourful set, as you can see – like a selection pack of capsicum peppers. Cover illustrations by the great Dave Semple.

CAKES IN SPACE, my new book with Sarah McIntyre, is aimed a slightly younger audience – it’s shorter than Goblins and has way more pictures.

It’s the story of Astra, and her one-girl struggle against the mutant cakes which threaten to take over her ship during a long space voyage. It was a lot of fun to cook up, and the end result is a thing of beauty – Sarah and our designers at OUP have worked wonders with it. It’s full of cakes and silliness, and, oddly, it’s the closest thing to real Science Fiction I’ve ever written.  If you’re in London in the next few weeks you could keep an eye out for these great Cakes in Space posters on the underground…
Photo: Sally-Anne Hickman
The previous Reeve and McIntyre book, OLIVER AND THE SEAWIGS, is now out in paperback in the UK, though if you want to spend a few extra £s the hardback is still around, and has two-colour illustrations (in the paperback the blue has been replaced with grey, which works just fine – the pictures were always designed to work in monotone too – but I’m fond of the hardback).

If you’re after a bookish present for an even younger child, don’t forget JAMPIRES, a lovely new picture book by Sarah McIntyre and David O’Connell, more details here…
All of these titles are available from your local bookshops or via the usual online places. Happy shopping!

Two Interviews

Just back from a few days in Manchester, where Sarah McIntyre and I were guests of the very wonderful Manchester Children’s Book Festival. We met lots of wonderful people, some of them knitted by Ann Lam, who has been turning out sea monkeys by the dozen. Here’s Sarah posing with Zombie Sea Monkey and French Sea Monkey…

While I was away, a couple of recent interviews have appeared online. Here’s a Q&A I did with Dan Metcalf for StoryWorld, in which I talk about Goblins, Cakes in Space and how working with SM has revived my enthusiasm for writing. He asks a very good question which I’ve never been asked before: ‘Do you actually like writing?’

And I discuss similar topics here, in an interview with Natasha Ngan, author of The Elites and also the forthcoming The Memory Keepers.  I also get to recommend a few favourite reads. You can check out the interview here.

Events, dear boy, events…

Just a reminder about two forthcoming events for anyone who is interested and in the right bits of the country…

First, next Saturday (21st June) I shall be at Exeter Library, talking about the Goblins books (and specifically about the new one, Goblin Quest).  Kick off is at 2pm and I shall burble on for about an hour, with signing afterwards. I don’t think I have any other events scheduled for Goblin Quest, so I guess this counts as the OFFICIAL LAUNCH too! Tickets are free, but can be reserved if you want to make sure of a seat –  at time of writing, there are 37 left.

And at the end of the month I shall be joining Sarah McIntyre in Manchester for a big Oliver and the Seawigs event on Saturday 28th June. This year’s Manchester Children’s Book Festival has been overrun by our Sea Monkeys; to the point where one of the little critters is even writing the MCBF official blog (he’s a much better typist than the goblins).

Looking forward to both of these – and hoping to meet some of you there!

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