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Shhhhh! Keeping secrets

February 21, 2012 1 comment

Last week I went along to Mary Erskine Junior School to speak to the Primary 3 children as part of their book week.  What a brilliant time I had!  The children were all full of ideas and had lots of good questions – including lots of tricky ones about what actually happens in The Wishcatchers.  I felt quite mean not spilling the beans on all the secrets.  I know so much more about the Wishcatchers than I have put in the books.  That’s one of the privileges of being the author!  But I couldn’t tell anyone the whole story, because that would spoil the book.

Or would it?  I’m sure we all know someone who always reads the ending of a book before they’re even halfway through.  Maybe you’re one of those people.  I don’t like to know what’s going to happen before I read it, so I never do.  But here’s a strange thing.  Sometimes when I re-read a book that has a spectacular secret at the end, I actually enjoy it more.  I think it’s because I know where it’s going, so I can sit back and enjoy the journey.  I notice things I didn’t notice first time round because I was so anxious to  find out what happened next.  I often discover new depths or beautiful language that I missed first time round.

But I don’t think this means I would recommend reading the ending before you get to it.  Rather, I think it is a perfect argument for reading a book more than once.  What do you think?

Onwards and upwards!

February 1, 2012 Leave a comment

It’s a tale of two halves today.  I got my first royalty statement and sales weren’t as good as I hoped – although not disastrous.  But on a more positive note, I’ve just sent off a submission to an agency.  Wish me luck!

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