1. Yup, I’m the proud owner of bethreekles.co.uk and I’ve built up a website for myself! It’s got info about my books, events I’ve got on, and a contact form. If you have suggestions for anything else you’d like to see on there, I’d love to know :) xo

     
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  3. Anonymous said: I'm British and want to write a book set in an American high school. I can't write american like I use the words like mom and couch and soda but I can't write in an American style. Does it matter?

    I think it does and doesn’t matter.

    Yes, it matters because you’re setting the book in an American high school and want it to sound authentic.

    No, it doesn’t matter insofar as the writing style will be adjusted to your protagonist(s)’s personality, and you should be writing the book you want to write, so write it as you think it should be written!

    Try reading books in your genre by some American writers, and watching shows like Gossip Girl and 90210. Pay attention to how the characters talk and try to apply that in your books :) I hope that’s helped! xo

     

  4. Anonymous said: Where can you get cheap books from?

    Charity shops, Amazon, book swaps, Play.com… You can go to a library, trade books with friends. If you like buying books in shops like Waterstones, you can get loyalty cards so you can earn points and stuff. Also, some WHSmiths have clearance sections - I’ve bought some brilliant books in there for £1 or £2 each! xo

     

  5. Anonymous said: What topics do you have coming up for writing Wednesday?

    coming this week is: Adjectives and other techniques - employ or avoid?

    The next five posts I’ve got scheduled will be:

    • Grammar and Spelling (and an attempt not to make it too boring)
    • Reel ‘em in - some advice on opening lines
    • Authenticity vs Avoidance
    • Read, Don’t Just Write
    • Show Not Tell - yes, that old thing

    Also, some other posts I’ve got for the future, in no particular order:

    • Blurb Blues: the key to writing a good story description
    • Get Over It Already! - Dealing with writers’ block
    • Pros and Cons of publishing your work online
    • Writing Romance in YA
    • Traditional Publishing: a how-to

    I’m trying to organise most of the posts so they flow. Like, writing techniques will be clustered together, and publishing posts will be clustered together, and I’ll throw in other ones (like Read, Don’t Just Write) in the middle 

    If you have suggestions for things you’d like me to write about for Writing Wednesday, I’d love to hear!

    xo

     

  6. Anonymous said: What were the release dates for each of your books?

    The Kissing Booth: December 12th 2012 for the eBook and April 22nd 2013 for the paperback.

    Rolling Dice: August 25th 2013 for the ebook and the paperback.

    Out of Tune: July 3rd 2014 for the ebook and paperback 

    xo

     

  7. Anonymous said: Can you review Call the Midwife?

    I have the book, actually! I loved the TV series on BBC One and am looking forward to reading the book, but I don’t have it at uni with me, so I probably won’t read it for a while sorry xo

     

  8. Anonymous said: I saw you reviewed Cruel Summer by James Dawson. I read it, and loved it, and read his other books as well. Can you recommend any similar titles?

    It’s such a great book, isn’t it?! :D

    Unfortunately I can’t recommend any similar titles as I don’t tend to read the thriller/horror genre. It’s just not my thing.

    That said, you should check out Maureen Johnson’s The Name of the Star books - those are kind of thriller-y, about a girl who can see ghosts and there are murders going on Jack the Ripper-style near her boarding school :)

    Can any of you recommend some thriller or horror YA novels? xo

     

  9. Anonymous said: What gender of people do you live with? If its boys, what do your boyfriends/parents think?

    We’ve got four guys and four girls in the house :) we all get on really well!

    Personally I’m really glad we live with some boys because I usually shout for them if there’s a spider around.

    My parents and boyfriend really aren’t bothered by the fact that there are boys in the house? Like we all get on really well in the house and that’s the important thing xo

     

  10. Anonymous said: I'm writing a story set in the UK, but what I want to call my town has kind of a beach feel to it. Would this be strange in the UK?

    There are beaches in the UK. Maybe Google some ‘seaside town names in the UK’? Remember that even though we can have really hot and sunny weather, it’s typically fairly grey here and not very beach-y weather. Hell, over 19 degrees C and people are out in shorts and down to the beach or sunbathing in the gardens!

    If you’re really not sure, Google and do some research. Look up some UK town names and see if yours would stand out too much xo

     

  11. Anonymous said: How does sixth form work? Is it like Year 10, Year 11, Year 12, and Year 13?

    Sixth Form is Year 12 and 13. (So when you’re 16/17 and 17/18 years old.)

    Year 10 and 11 is when you do your GCSEs - so you have around 10 subjects you do exams in.

    And then sixth form is like UK college where you do A Levels and study 3 or 4 subjects

    xo

     

  12. Anonymous said: I struggle with my opening sentences. I keep writing, but am still really unhappy with how I start my stories. could you do a post on this for Writing Wednesday?

    I can certainly try to do one! I’ll bump it up the list so it’s up in the next couple of weeks :)

    In the meantime: what is is about your opening sentences you don’t like? Are they not punchy enough, or maybe too punchy? If it’s speech, is it too awkward? If it’s pathetic fallacy (using the weather), is it too cliché? If it’s describing the scene, is it too stilted and stiff?

    I think you’re definitely doing the right thing by carrying on writing even though you’re not happy with that opening line. And it might be that no matter how many times you rewrite that line, you’re never happy with it; whenever I reread my work I always find things I want to change.

    Maybe you could try a prologue, to start? A snippet of a scene from later in the book that’s mysterious and intriguing and hooks your readers, and then your chapter one opening sentence doesn’t have to be quite so punchy. But prologues tend to work better in fantasy and dystopian novels or horror, so be aware of that, depending on your genre.

    I hope that’s been some help. I’ll do a longer post about it very soon for Writing Wednesdays! xo

     

  13. Anonymous said: Do you live on or off campus?

    Off campus now (on campus is halls for mostly first years) xo

     

  14. Anonymous said: I wish you did writing posts more often :)

    I thought about it, but with my uni course being so intensive, and everything else (social activities and book things) I don’t want to try and take on too much. I might do bonus posts sometimes, as well as the weekly Writing Wednesday, if I have the time :) xo

     
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