Did you know I wrote three FREE Chaos Walking short stories? One for each book, called “The New World”, “The Wide, Wide Sea” and “Snowscape”. You can download them absolutely FREE from chaoswalkingstories.com (or chaoswalkingstories.com.au in Australia). You can also get them in the new jacketed editions on my Books pages.
I also wrote the short story “Different for Boys” for Losing It, a YA anthology about losing your virginity (yep, that’s what I said). Lots of cool writers in it, too, like Melvin Burgess, Keith Gray and Anne Fine.
And I’ve recently contributed a non-YA short story called “Let Me Entertain You” to the BookSlam Annual Volume 1, available for download as well. It’s rude and funny and sad, this one, I hope.
I get asked for Writing Tips a lot, and I wrote an exhaustively lengthy set of them when I was Writer-In-Residence at Booktrust. They’re here, and cover everything from starting out to getting ready to publish. Hope they’re of some use.
My Hero column on Martina, Guardian, 1 July 2011
‘Top 10 “Unsuitable” Books for Teenagers’
Article for the Guardian, 8 April 2011, proved surprisingly popular, this one.
Guardian blog on what the internet’s done for writing, 11 March 2009
Guardian blog on just that, 30 December 2008
Commentary on pieces for civil partnership ceremonies, Guardian, 24 June 2006
Commentary on book design, Guardian, 2 December 2006
Recent Reviews of Good Books