I am really late with this event, but better late than never.
Recently, I was lucky enough to be invited to the Harper Collins Children's Book event in London which was held at Les Deux Salons, where we had high tea with three awesome authors and got to hear about all the new books coming out over the next few months.
His new book 'Dancing Jax' which is published in paperback format in February, looks at a society where children become hooked on books in the same way they would become hooked on drugs. The book is described as a 'supernatural thriller' and one I can't wait to read. The follow up 'Freax and Rejex' is published in hardback in February too.
Robin was a delight to talk to and had me in stitches with his sense of humour. He can be seen in the picture above with the brown shirt on, sitting next to Sarah from Feeling Fictional.
And just before Casey, we had the amazing Maureen Johnson and her editor Rachel. I got to sit and drink tea with Maureen Johnson! If you don't know who Maureen Johnson is you should! Go read 'The Name of the Star' right now! You can tell I was extremely excited about meeting Maureen Johnson.
When Maureen spoke to us, she told us she was the one with the American accent ( just in case we were confused)! She has written ten books so far, but this is the first one she has written set in the UK. She informed us that she could get away with her London descriptions in America, because no one would know the difference, but she was panicking that we might catch her out.
'The Name of the Star' is a completely different style to the books she has written before as she decided she wanted to go a different route. Maureen wanted to write books that she enjoyed reading and they usually involved dead bodies. As far as she was concerned, everything was haunted in the UK. She wanted to write about a ghost that had attitude and fell upon the idea of Jack the Ripper. She thought about how hard his crimes would be to commit in London today with all the CCTV cameras.
Many of us were waiting to hear about the second book in the series and Maureen didn't disappoint us. She told us that someone gets killed in the first scene with a hammer! She also revealed the title of the second book in the series which will be 'The Madness Underneath' Doesn't it sound fabulous. I can't wait for that book.
Will told us that when he has read the first chapter to kids in schools, they have reacted with a shocked expression. Those weren't his exact words, but I am too polite to repeat what he actually said, but it was funny!
His mum has read the sequel and she wasn't impressed with a section of it because as far as she was concerned there was a bit in there that doesn't belong in a book for teenagers1 Mums! The second book picks up directly where the first book ends and I am really looking forward to getting into this series.
After our lovely tea, we all managed to get our books signed and pick up some lovely new releases coming out with Harper Collins soon. It was a fabulous event. Thank you to HarperCollins for inviting me.