Ten-Minute Blog Break - 15th July

Some weeks, compiling the Blog Break is hard - usually because there are too few good blog posts or too many. It's definitely a case of the latter this week, so apologies go to anyone I've missed out for reasons of space!

Who do we write for? And why? A couple of our bloggers come at this issue from different directions this week. On The Edge, Sara Grant is reliving her teenage years (with a shudder) and analysing why she writes teen fiction. K.M. Lockwood, meanwhile, finds herself trying desperately to follow an agent's advice to write for the child-of-now, when she really wants to write for the child-of-then (herself).

Space on the Bookshelf have rustled up a rather spiffing 3D review of Robin Stevens's 1930s boarding school mystery Murder Most Unladylike. Robin is a SCBWI member herself, and answers questions in an interview, while her editor Natalie Doherty gets a grilling of her own. There's also a review of the novel by both an adult and a nine-year-old reviewer. Top hole!

I'm very glad this week that we get to see the long-awaited results of Candy Gourlay's graphic novel course. Candy's sharing a terrific comic strip with us, an alternately funny and dramatic rendition of the revolution that brought her and her husband together!

I missed YALC (the UK's first YA Literary Conference) at the weekend, but luckily Sarah McIntyre was there with her camera. Check out her unbelievable costume and unbelievable schmoozing!


Nick Cross doesn't think he can come up with a biography this week that's anywhere near as exciting as last time, so isn't going to try.


  1. Great bunch of blogs and you're right, there's no way you can beat last week's biography. Though I'd like to see you try! :-)

  2. Thanks, Sue - glad to have you back from the past!

  3. I really think biographies are a missed opportunity. I am now mulling their possibilities...


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