1. Anonymous said: I'm worried my writing is too much of the same. All of my stories are murder mysteries. do you think this'll put readers off?

    If your readers love your books because they’re murder mysteries, then carry on! When you write the same genre, your readers know what they’re getting at least :) like Philippa Gregory - she writes historical fiction. Sarah Dessen - teenage books with romance and different issues dealt with. John Green - books that will rip your heart out and stamp on it in high heels but you fall in love with them anyway.

    As long as all your murder mysteries don’t follow the exact same pattern and have the same twist in them, then keep writing them if that’s what you love to write! Just remember to try and make each one unique in its own way. Maybe you add a romantic side-plot into one, or if your protagonists in each story are similar, make them different ages/genders/give them different personalities. Or, if your stories all use the same protagonist and are part of a series, remember to make each story interesting enough that your readers can’t predict what’s going to happen too early on in the book :)

    Hope that’s helped! xo

     

  2. Anonymous said: If youre so interested in ukya, maybe you should leave the typical high school exprience to the real americans. Your books don't feel genuine whatsoever, maybe theyd be better whereever you actually leave. I dont mean to be rude, but they feel v superficial. Sorry.

    It’s not rude, don’t worry, I understand what you’re saying.

    That said, let me clear something up: when I was 15, I got the idea for my book The Kissing Booth. Kissing booths aren’t a thing in the UK so I set it in America, and I’d have tried to make it more American for publication if I hadn’t been so caught up in the whole thing of actually being a published author. By the time I’d finished it, I had a huge American and international fanbase. Most people are unfamiliar with the UK high school system but know the American one from books and movies and TV shows, so I stuck with setting my books there. I was just writing them for fun and it didn’t seem like a big deal. It also have me a little more freedom for some things - like Americans can drive at a younger age, and the weather is hotter for a beach setting (like in Rolling Dice). I just thought ‘I’m already doing it, so may as well carry on for now’, you know? :)

    I’ve only recently become familiar with the whole ukya scene (thanks to Lucy who runs the Project UKYA blog!), and the books I have ideas to write I’d want to set in the UK, so it’s something I’ve actually been thinking about anyway :) xo

     

  3. Anonymous said: Hi! I've always wanted to be a writer, but I have never been able to complete a book of my own or get very far with any of the idea's I have at all! I tend to get tired of writing the story, sidetracked with other idea's, or get writers block where I just don't know where to take the story/characters. What do you suggest for this?! Also how did you first go into publishing your books? Did someone find you or did you go to a literary agency? Thanks!

    That’s okay :) I don’t finish half the books I start writing, so you’re not on your own! When you get tired, or blocked, don’t let yourself get sidetracked with other ideas for stories - stick with what you’re writing. Don’t give up on it. Sometimes, when you hit a wall with your story, you need to step away for a few days (at least!) and then go back to it with a clear mind and fresh eyes. Maybe you’ll have new ideas to carry on with, or maybe you’ll realise that the last scene/chapter wasn’t working out and you need to take it out completely or rewrite it a bit to carry on. But don’t just stop and try writing a different story. It can be really difficult to put aside new ideas when you really want to write them, but you have to just be really strict with yourself and stay focused on one story. I hope you find that useful advice!

    I started publishing my books online - I was posting chapter-by-chapter to Wattpad when I was 15/16, and then when I was 17 my book The Kissing Booth was so popular online that it caught the attention of an editor at Random House, who got in touch with me and voilá, I was offered a publishing deal! I now have a literary agent though :) if you’d like some more advice on that, I’m happy to help if you let me know! xo

     

  4. Anonymous said: I'm still yet to read your books, but well done on publishing 3 books!! I have read a couple of articles about you, and it's amazing what you have achieved. Keep writing! :)

    Aww thank you, that’s very kind of you to say! :) xo

     

  5. Anonymous said: What's the best book you've read?

    Ugh, such a tricky question!

    All time top five favourites: Harry Potter (it really got me into reading ‘grown up’ books when I was little), The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, and Pirates! by Celia Rees

    Top five best books I’ve read just this summer: Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill, We Were Liars by E Lockhart, Entangled by Cat Clarke, What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen, and Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

    xo

     

  6. kacoh15 said: I really want to buy Out of Tune for the Kindle edition, but it's not available yet for the US. Do you know when it comes available?

    I’ve been told that the US publisher won’t be publishing Out of Tune in the USA, sorry! :( it might be available as a UK import for Kindle, but you’re definitely able to get the paperback from Amazon as a UK import - it’s not too expensive, you’ll just have to wait an extra couple of days for shipping! xo

     

  7. Anonymous said: Do you have anything about the movie?? Are your books (All 3 of them!) available in Canada? Thank you answering me!! ;)

    I don’t have any more news about the movie at the moment, sorry - but of course I’ll post all about it on my blog when I do hear anything else! 

    The Kissing Booth is DEFINITELY available in Canada because I saw it with my own eyes and signed some copies when I was in Toronto in June, but since my other books Rolling Dice and Out of Tune aren’t published by the US publisher in paperback, they’ll only be available as UK imports via Amazon - so you’ll be able to get them but may have to wait a few extra days for the shipping! xo

     

  8. Anonymous said: Can you please do a book where Noah comes back from collage?? I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!!! (Sorry, if I sounding really desperate!! xD)

    Nah, you don’t sound desperate, you just sound like you really love my book which is great as far as I’m concerned! I’m considering a sequel but I have some other things to work on at the moment so I’m concentrating on those instead :) xo

     

  9. Anonymous said: In my story, a boy is watching tv. What he's watching is relevant to the plot. How do I convey that it's on tv? Should I put it in italic or something?

    You can always say outright that it’s on TV - your readers won’t mind that, and it’s probably the easiest thing to do. But if you’re naming the programme, put the programme title in italics as well :) xo

     

  10. Anonymous said: How old were you when TKB was published?

    I wrote it when I was 15, and it was published when I was 17. I’m 19 now :) xo

     

  11. Anonymous said: In an interview you did with Sunrise I think, you were shown typing on a laptop. Was this your laptop, or did they give you one for filming?

    No that was my laptop xo

     

  12. Anonymous said: How do you get to speak at panels? Do you get invited?

    I don’t know how it usually works but I’ve been invited to speak at the ones I’ve been doing - like Wired UK, YALC, TED and the Exeter Children’s Literary Festival. People have been in touch with me either via Facebook or Twitter, or my publisher xo

     

  13. Anonymous said: Do you get paid for tv appearances/interviews?

    No, I go on there to tell my story and promote my books/writing so they don’t pay me xo

     

  14. Anonymous said: Have you bought a new laptop since being published?

    Not really. I mean, I haven’t bought a new one, but mine broke just before Christmas - the screen gave out, so my parents had to drive to me in uni to give me one that was a few years old we had at home that nobody was really using, so I use that now! xo

     
  15. Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table (you know…back to school theme) via The Broke and the Bookish

     

    1.      Hermione Granger
    2.      Cricket Bell (Lola and the Boy Next Door)
    3.      Isaac (The Fault in Our Stars)
    4.      Cath (Fangirl)
    5.      Allan Karlsson (The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared) – not exactly school age at a hundred but he’d be hella interesting
    6.      Bilbo Baggins
    7.      Sansa Stark
    8.      Neville Longbottom
    9.      Harriet (Geek Girl)
    10.  Suze (The Mediator)