Alexandra Blakewood has everything any teenager could wish for, apart from a horse, but she won’t stop getting into trouble. Sent to a US boot camp, she dreams of escaping. It seems impossible until she’s told about a gruelling 1,200 mile horse race across the American West…
Will Greyton was the star student at his Tennessee high school until his father was laid off. Now Will works at a burger joint. When his dad falls ill, there’s no way to pay for his operation. Then Will hears about The Glory, a deadly endurance race with a $250,000 purse, open to any rider daring enough to attempt it…
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THE TIMES BOOK OF THE WEEK
1. For Love of a Horse by Patricia Leitch
2. Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
3. The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
4. National Velvet by Enid Bagnold
5. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
6. Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton
7. The Tale of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler
8. The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett
9. Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
10. Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
11. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
When I’m not writing, I love painting and riding. This is a picture I did for Wildworks, an exhibition in aid of the Born Free Foundation. Together with a leopard I painted it raised over £2,000.
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
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.
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.