2015: My Favourite Bits In Pictures

So 2015 is nearly over. It was a year of highs- book deals, publications, meeting lovely people, the Great British Bake Off. There were also lows- family health worries, the general election result. I speak for myself here, of course, but as years go 2015 had more of the former. By far. These are my best bits:

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On January 25th, I began writing the first draft of Strange Star. Amazing to think that blank screen is now 56,000 edited words. Eeep!
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In May I talked adventure stories at the Hay Festival with Gillian Cross, Linda Coggin, chaired by Daniel Hahn. Although I look like I’m eating a sandwich, in fact I was rather star-struck!
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In July, In Darkling Wood hit the shops- with badges!

 

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Also in July I (finally) gave up teaching to be a full time author. This is was a dream-come-true moment for me
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In August, I took part in the brilliant Just So Festival in Staffordshire  This was the perfect red chair in the perfect woodland setting for an In Darkling Wood reading.
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In October, The Snow Sister came out. It was Sunday Times Childrens Book of the Week ! *faints*
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In November, I hit the road travelling to libraries around the country on The Snow Sister Tour. This is the wonderful display at Coventry Library- and me in a woolly hat just in case of snow (ever hopeful!)
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Also in November, I visited schools in Scotland. This me outside the lovely Toppings +Co bookshop in St Andrews. There might’ve been a few Snow Sisters in the window…
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The Snow Sister was spotted at Birmingham New Street holding its own with the big boys!
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December brought more signings- this time at the Taunton Literary Festival. We had a brilliant evening at Brendon Books, Taunton.It was the first time I’d done an event in front of my mum and dad and it was actually a bit scary!

 

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And the year ends as it began, under the watchful eyes of these two rascals.IMG_1371

Which leaves me only to thank all the brilliant, passionate, dedicated booksellers, bloggers, reviewers, librarians, teachers, and of course readers who make books COME ALIVE.

A very heartfelt thank you.

Happy New Year!

 

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2 thoughts on “2015: My Favourite Bits In Pictures

  1. Well Happy New Year Emma, I hope 2016 is a good year for you and all your dreams come true. It looks like you had some wonderful experiences in 2015 so good luck in the future.
    PS. I absolutely loved ‘Frost Hollow Hall’ & ‘The Snow Sister’ thank you for releasing them out into the world.

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