Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Grauniad Competition

Thanks to a tip from my friend Farah, I got hold of today's Guardian to find an article about this year's competition. Young critics (aged from 8 to 16) have been "shadowing" the award and the article is about their impressions of the books.

"Bad Blood is a chilling read, not to be read after dark..." warns Nancy Netherwood of Rhiannon Lassiter's dark family tale shot through with hints from the supernatural. Not that it deterred her. Nancy loved the clever plotting and strong characters, describing it as an "incredible book, combining modern family troubles with a world of sinister magic". Tommie Hassall, from Westbourne School, was also gripped. "The book's pace is riveting. It holds the reader in the haunting world of the supernatural but does not shy away from the reality of the modern-day family, homosexuality and mental illness."

I'm going to the award ceremony tomorrow so more news will be forthcoming soon, including the name of the winner. I should also be meeting some of the young critics so I'll look out for Nancy and Tommie there. Nancy in particular has a name that makes Bad Blood a very suitable choice for her...

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Today I have achieved techno-joy in managing to syndicate my blog on my Facebook as notes. This is awesome because I won't have to update in multiple places when I've got news to share.

If you're a LiveJournal user, you can also find the RSS feed here: http://syndicated.livejournal.com/lassiter_rss


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Monday, September 08, 2008

Angus Book Award

I've just heard I've been longlisted for the Angus Book Award for Bad Blood. That takes my tally of longlistings to five. Huzzah! I haven't actually won an award yet but it's encouraging news.


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Saturday, September 06, 2008

Waterstones signing in Witney

On Saturday 6th of September, I went to the Waterstones in Witney, Oxfordshire, to sign copies of my books. As well as Mary Hoffman, authors Sarah Singleton and Mark Robson were present signing copies of their books.

Mark I know from his excellent advice on self-promotion at events like this. He's inspired me to create some postcards and bookmarks to hand out at events. Sarah I've heard of because several people have told me that our writing is similar. I bought a copy of her Heretic which she kindly signed for me and she bought a copy of Bad Blood which I signed for her - so we should be able to discover whether there are similarities between us.

Mary and I signed books from 12 noon to 2pm (Mark and Sarah stayed longer) and we all chatted with with bookshop customers. I recommended Robert Muchamore's CHERUB series to a couple of people and bought the latest myself. I also now have a copy of City of Stars by Mar, so I've got plenty of reading to get on with. And that's in addition to the Arthur C. Clarke hopefuls which are arriving thick and fast.

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