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Folktales: My Baddies

At the beginning of my book The Spellbinding Secret of Avery Buckle, Avery has a horrible feeling she is being followed by something not nice… and it turns out she’s correct! There’s a few baddies in the book, and my ideas for them … Continue reading

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Folktales: Crannogs and The Crannog – Monsters in the Landscape

In my book, The Spellbinding Secret of Avery Buckle, there is a great monster, kept in an enchanted sleep in a cavern under Edinburgh. The creature is called a Crannog. A crannog is not really a monster at all, but when … Continue reading

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Folktales: Scottish Faeries and ‘othering’

I’ve written in my previous post about the Cat Fae element of Avery’s character in my book, The Spellbinding Secret of Avery Buckle. For those of you who don’t know, one of Avery’s secrets is that she is a Cat Fae. … Continue reading

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Folktales: The Cat Fae, Girl Power, and the Shapeshifting Motif

In my book The Spellbinding Secret of Avery Buckle, one of Avery’s secrets is that she is a Cat Fae. A Cat Fae is a creature I made up – someone who is part cat and part human. Avery has a … Continue reading

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How I Write

Look at this! I don’t talk about writing for months and then I talk about it for two weeks on the trot! You’ll be relieved to hear, this one is more light-hearted. In my last blog post I mentioned how … Continue reading

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The Team Behind A Book

Publishers have always been a slightly mysterious entity to me. I don’t suppose it helps that they are often called “Publishing Houses”, from which I imagined somewhere not too different to my own home. Perhaps the person who did the … Continue reading

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Interview with Xavier Bonet

Though we know the old adage not to judge a book by its cover, we all do. I love the cover of The Spellbinding Secret of Avery Buckle. It tells a potential reader so much about the book before they’ve … Continue reading

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Today!

The Spellbinding Secret of Avery Buckle is out today!!! It’s a very special moment. I loved chatting to my friend’s daughter outside school this morning. She has already read the first few chapters. Her enthusiasm for the book (my book!) … Continue reading

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One day…

That mysterious door has continued to put in appearances all over the country and the world over the last week. This morning it was spotted at Kelpies HQ which can only mean one thing… The Spellbinding Secret of Avery Buckle … Continue reading

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Two weeks…

Counting down… two weeks until The Spellbinding Secret of Avery Buckle publishes, and reports have been coming in of a strange door appearing in the reading corner of Knightsridge Primary School in West Lothian! It looks a lot like the … Continue reading

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