Teenage eventing star Casey Blue has it all – fame, her champion horse Storm and a boyfriend who loves her.
Then Kyle West walks into her life. The country’s hottest equestrian coach is also drop dead gorgeous and Casey knows right away that she’s in trouble. But who is Kyle and why are there so many unanswered questions about his past?
As the Burghley Horse Trials approaches, it becomes clear that what is at stake is not just the Grand Slam but Casey’s life.
The Obituary Writer, my first adult novel, is out in hardback 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.
It’s interesting to see how a successful children’s writer makes the transition to adult fiction, and St John pulls it off brilliantly.
What a treat. Children’s author St John brings her masterful story-telling to the adult market … Engaging, original and charming.
This unusual love story is the first adult novel from this children’s author and will have you in its thrall from the start.
Lauren St John’s prose is warm and light and she keeps the plot trotting along … St John’s breezy evocation of Cornwall’s rugged cliffs, sandy shores and gnarly yet good-hearted villagers gives it ample seasonal appeal. Moreover, the ending might surprise you. DAILY MAIL
If you’re wondering what inspired me to write the One Dollar Horse series then the answer is Morning Star. Growing up in Africa I was desperate for a horse. When I was 11 we moved to a farm called Rainbow’s End and my dad promised me the first foal born to his mare Cassandra. That foal was Morning Star and when I was growing up he was my best friend. I had him for 22 years and still miss him. Now I live in London and can’t have a horse so writing The One Dollar Horse was my way of riding at Badminton vicariously!
One of the most critical conservation issues today is rhino poaching. Gentle, shy rhinos, like this beautiful one I saw at Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa, have their horns hacked off by unspeakably cruel poachers, who leave them to die horrific deaths. Get your school involved in saving these wonderful animals before they’re gone. Lend your voice to Voices of Conservation. Watch this video and see how you can make a difference.
I get so many letters from children asking for advice on writing that I thought I’d summarise a few tips in a blog. Grown-ups usually ask me how I manage to stay disciplined when I work at home. I tell them it’s easy. I have cat food to buy and that’s a powerful motivator. Meanwhile my Bengal cat, Max, pictured here, just relaxes and let’s me take the strain.