Dahlia’s Pet Detectives (Dalia si micii detectivi) will be in the spotlight at the end of next week (Thursday 31st May, Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd June) when my new book is launched at Bucuresti’s Bookfest (Romexpo). If you read Floss the lost puppy, you’ll recognise the village of Fân (Hay) where Dahlia and Chip are neighbours and schoolmates of Thea and Tudor Thimble. A … Continue reading Dahlia and friends take a bow
That’s the plan… I should be with the Romanian Cultural Institute on 10th April to launch their LBF event at 1pm in the Olympia venue – and again that evening at Waterstones Gower Street. Have a look at the event link here. But will I make it? I’m waiting to hear from my housesitters, due to arrive in Romania today to look after my animals … Continue reading Will I be at the London Book Fair?
Another little TV slot – this time on Kanal D – which has brought some more enthusiastic Romanians to my digital door. Thank you, Kanal D! I love the caption to my silliest photo (can you see I’m typing in ski mitts?): “She gave a kingdom for a Romanian hamlet.” George Cat, Papi Dog, my neighbour Georgi and her two cows all appear. Let me … Continue reading Official: I’m an eccentric, says Kanal D
Your first book is published. Fame at last! Followed swiftly by fortune, one hopes. But will your publisher help you along the way to fame? Unlikely, unless you’re already famous. This article outlines the truth of book marketing for unknown authors, but be prepared for unvarnished truth you might find deeply depressing. All that effort to get the book written, perfected, and published… and the copies … Continue reading Marketing myths for the debut author
Beautiful TV presenter Ioana Mihalca and her expert crew came to see me in Magura last month, and made a charming 8-minute film from their afternoon’s visit. They also talked to my neighbour Roxana, and my friends from Zarnesti, Dan and Luminita Marin. The resulting film was broadcast on the show Bonton at the end of November. What do you think? Continue reading Digi24 comes to tea
The latest Floss review came in today, from Alex Tatulescu who lives near London. I hope you can read the image – it’s so nice to read his letter as he wrote it. In case the image isn’t quite clear enough, you can read his review here. And yes, Alex, I’ve already started the next book. It’s set in the same village, but it’s a … Continue reading Is it safe to publish?
In my piece in the second issue of OZB (O Zi Buna) magazine, expats (aka migrants) tell me what they love and hate about their chosen home. Food, traffic, music, steps, bureaucracy, architecture, people, people and people… Includes contributions from Shajjad Rizvi (left) and Karam Alsaty. Continue reading Romania: passions and pet peeves
Iulia Benze sent us a wonderful review. Obviously a great dog lover, Iulia sees the book as a way of teaching a vital lesson: why compassion and care for animals is important. “I believe Floss The Lost Puppy is extremely practical and it should be the beginning of a series which humanizes stray animals, creating heartfelt stories, educating people to be more compassionate towards nature … Continue reading ‘Gem-like story contains vital lesson’
A review just in from Julie Whyman in York (UK), who read the book Floss the lost puppy to a group of excitable 5-9 yr olds: “What a wonderful, engaging romp through Transylvania, via England and Wales: it has made us all want to leave a windy and dismal Yorkshire to jump into waist-high snow in the enchanting environs of Hay. You have a brilliant … Continue reading English kids love Floss’s story
Robbie, aged 6, from Galati, loved my new book Floss the lost puppy. This is part of his review: “I felt most like Thea when she was scared of Floss at first but then started to love him, this has happened to me lots of times too with stray dogs that turn up at our house. I felt really sad and wanted to cry when … Continue reading A 25-star review from Robbie