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Interview with Emily Barr

9th August 2017 | Books

Interview with Emily Barr

During YALC, Lekhika Chaudhary was given the pleasure of interviewing amazing authors. It allowed her to understand their point of view, the creative process they go through and to gain some advice for any budding young writers.

The first author she talked to was Emily Barr. Emily Barr is the author of over 10 books. ‘The One Memory of Flora Banks’ is her debut young adult novel.

Lekhika: Thank you for agreeing to talk to me! So, your debut young adult novel is The One Memory of Flora Banks. Could you just give us a quick summary on it?

Emily: Yes of course, it is the story of a girl called Flora Banks, as you would imagine from the title! She can’t make short term memories, so she can remember things up till she was 10. One day, on a beach she kisses a boy. And she remembers it the next day and the day after that! That is her one memory; he, however, has went off to the Artic. She suddenly realises she could go to the Arctic and find him, as she hopes that he will be the fix to her memory.

L: That sounds so amazing! Now, a lot of youngsters nowadays are going into writing; what advice would you give them?

E: Just keep writing. I’ve written a lot of books, 12 before Flora Banks. Even having written 14 books, there are still days when I feel like I can’t do it and everybody feels that. Write whatever is calling to you and just keep doing it. The more you do it, the more you know you can do it.

L: So, I had a look at the teaser for your next book, The Truth and…

Interview with Karen McManus

9th August 2017 | Books

Interview with Karen McManus

Karen McManus is the New York Times bestselling author of ‘One Of Us Is Lying’ – the story where five students walk into detention, but only four of them walk out alive.

One of W!ZARD Radio Station’s Electric Voices authors for 2017, Lekhika Chaudhary caught up with her at YALC.

Lekhika: So, I am here with Karen McManus, the author of One of Us is Lying. So, if you could just tell us what the book is about, briefly?

Karen: So, the one line summary of the book is The Breakfast Club with murder. 5 teens from different social groups- brain, jock, princess, criminal and outcast- go into detention together but only 4 of them walk out. The outcast dies in detention and later it comes out that he ran a notorious gossip app and was planning to reveal secrets of the others. When investigators learn that his death wasn’t an accident, the others become suspects.

L: Right, that sounds interesting! So, is this the first young adult novel that you have written?

K: It is the first one that I have published. I wrote two books before I got an agent; I called those my practice books. Everybody has them! This is the 1st that has been published, yes.

L: What advice would you give to young writers who are finding it hard to write creatively?

K: Well, what really helped me was finding critique partners, who were at the same stage of the publication journey as I was. People who were basically clueless; typing ‘how do you write a book’ into Google! I found it transformative to get onto Twitter. I started exchanging work and that really made a huge difference in my writing. I didn’t see…

Review: London Film & Comic Con and YALC

2nd August 2017 | Books

Review: London Film & Comic Con and YALC

This past weekend was something out of a dream.

Attending the London Film and Comic Con (LFCC), alongside the Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC) was simply phenomenal, to say the least.

LFCC and YALC took place at Kensington Olympia, on Friday 28th to Sunday 30th of July. It hosted a large number of guests, from all walks of life. The highlight and one of the most anticipated guests was Benedict Cumberbatch. Other well-known starts included Pamela Anderson, Natalie Dormer, Matt Lucas and Jamie & Oliver Phelps from Harry Potter were also super popular; hosting long queues.

WWE superstars Edge and Christian, alongside William Regal, brought the WWE to London. Authors such as Anna Day and Emily Barr hosted autograph sessions over at YALC.

YALC was heaven for every book lover. It started in 2014 and it’s gone from strength to strength every year. Asides from all the book stalls, which have a huge collection of books to be purchased, there was the activities area. This included various fun activities to take part in – from Rune Tattoos (inspired by Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters series) to Wonder Woman Nail art, there was something for everyone to enjoy. The rune tattoos were quite fun; it allowed you to choose a rune that you connected with and having it temporarily tattooed on your arm. Temporary tattoos were a dominant theme throughout the whole weekend. Another was Suffragette Nail Makeovers; which were promoting another book.

The Agents Arena was a section where all the authors (aspiring or established!) went. With talks and panels being hosted daily, it allowed you to pick up invaluable points to further your career. The one on one sessions, whether to pitch your book or just to get some personalised advice, were…