I’m a big believer that love is an action. In other words, it’s not enough to tell the people and animals in your life that you love them, you have to show them. For me, the same is true of how we relate to our world. It’s not enough to say that we care about suffering children or wildlife and the environment, we have to take action. Being kind or helping to save one animal might not seem as if it makes much impact when so many millions are struggling, but it makes a difference to that animal.
Love. It makes a difference.
Dead Man’s Cove, the first in my Laura Marlin mystery series, is being filmed by Centurion Television throughout November in North Somerset and St Ives, Cornwall, where the book is set. Produced and directed by Tom Reeve, it stars Benedict Taylor (Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace) as Laura’s uncle, Calvin Redfern. Newcomer Bronte Carmichael stars as Laura Marlin, with Parus Mehra playing Tariq, a troubled and mysterious shopkeeper’s son.
The Secret of Supernatural Creek, the fifth novel in the series, will be published by Orion Children’s Books in September 2017.
Winter Magic, a collection of snowy short stories curated by Abi Elphinstone, is out now. I’ll be joining Abi Elphinstone and Geraldine McCaughrean to talk about my short story, The Room with the Mountain View, at Waterstones Piccadilly in London on 22 November.
In The Room with the Mountain View, Lexie breaks her leg in the first hour of the school skiing trip to the French Alps. She’s overjoyed, imagining that she can spend a peaceful week in her hotel room reading novels. But when a famous circus star disappears and Lexie is the only witness, she finds herself caught up in a real-life mystery that may prove deadly.
Growing up, I adored adventure and mystery novels but my favourites were For Love of a Horse by Patricia Leitch and The Black Stallion by Walter Farley. Then, about a decade ago, I read Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson. That immediately became my favourite children’s book ever. Despite the many wonderful novels I’ve read since, nothing has replaced it in my affections. Now Pan Macmillan has published a beautiful 15th anniversary edition. I’m honoured to have written the foreword. If you’ve never read the story of Maia’s Amazon adventure, I highly recommend it. It’s unforgettable.
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