What Really Matters

A few days ago the wonderful Abi Elphinstone posted this on Twitter:

So much about this rang true, though I am a fair few steps behind Abi in this process. It’s sometimes hard to focus on what really matters: writing. And why does the writing matter? Because I want to tell stories. I write for children because that’s when I became a reader – I think there are few things more important than literacy, and books can be a formative part of growing up (they were for me!) So when I saw this review on Goodreads, I realised that this is why I wrote THE GIRL OF INK AND STARS.

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This temporarily salved the worry about my social media presence, about prize lists or book sales. This cancels out all the people asking when I’m going to write a ‘proper’ book, or why I write for children when I could be telling grown up stories. I want to write an ‘adult’ book someday, but it certainly won’t be any more ‘proper’ than my books for children. Stories, and the telling of them, are important no matter who they’re for – and reviews like this keep me focussed on that, and keep me writing them.


I’ve had some lovely feedback for THE GIRL OF INK AND STARS recently. I can’t call these ‘reviews’ because they are from authors my publisher has contacted in the hope they can read my book and say something nice – you wouldn’t want to put something less-than-enthusiatic on your book, now would you? – but nonetheless they didn’t have to read it so it’s a bit of a dream come true that they have. Here are a few presented prettily…

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Rights news

In the past two weeks I’ve had two lovely emails from Elinor, Chicken House’s Rights Director. She’s the wonder responsible for finding homes for THE GIRL OF INK AND STARS across the world.

So far, aside from its initial deals in the US, Canada and the UK, it has now sold in Romania, New Zealand, Australia, Portugal, and most recently – Turkey! This reads like a dream list of travel destinations so I think some visits are in order when the book comes out in these various countries.

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