Two signed copies of the gripping fourth Laura Marlin Mystery are up for grabs. All you have to do is answer these questions:
1) Who is your favourite character in the series?
Email your answers to me at: email@example.com. Don’t forget to include your name and address! Closing date for entries is 23 September 2015.
Email me a photo of yourself, your family & friends or your pet on my beautiful Laura Marlin Books About Town Book Bench to win a signed copy of an exclusive 2-in-1 edition of Dead Man’s Cove and Kidnap in the Caribbean.
The competition closes on 30 September, after which the bench will be auctioned in aid of the Born Free Foundation and the National Literacy Trust. Here’s how to find it: http://www.booksabouttown.org.uk/?action=ViewBench&Id=33
One of the best parts about being a writer is doing research. For my White Giraffe series, I went to Zimbabwe, the Bazaruto Islands in Mozambique, Cape Town and the deserts of Namibia. For my Laura Marlin mysteries, I went to St Ives in Cornwall, the Caribbean, St Petersburg in Russia and the Kentucky Derby in the US. And for the One Dollar Horse series, I got to go to the Badminton and Burghley Horse Trials. Now I’m writing Apollo Bay, an adult novel set in Victoria, Australia, so naturally I had to go there. It was heaven.
The Obituary Writer, my first adult novel, is out in paperback now. Part thriller, part romance, it is set in London and Cornwall and is about 38-year-old obituary writer Nick Donaghue, whose life is derailed after he is caught up in one of Britain’s worst ever train crashes. For me, at least, it’s a novel about faith, hope and true love.
What a treat. Children’s author St John brings her masterful story-telling to the adult market … Engaging, original and charming.
Gripping and spellbinding, this tale is full of pure joy and complete terror.
I get so many letters asking for tips on writing books and stories that I thought I’d put a link to a piece I did for the Guardian on my top tips. My best advice is simply to keep reading and follow your dreams. Don’t let anyone discourage you. If I’d stopped writing The White Giraffe when the rejection letters came pouring in, I wouldn’t be doing what I love today. http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2012/mar/01/top-writing-tips-lauren-st-john
People often ask writers where they write, perhaps because they feel that the location itself should be inspiring. Most days, I’m happy as long as my Bengal cat, Max, is beside me. Of course, it’s fun to go somewhere exotic from time to time. Max was with me in St Ives when I wrote Dead Man’s Cove looking out over the ocean. And in the Spring I went to the French Alps to a cabin in the middle of nowhere to finish my new horse book, The Glory. This was my view.