Kids from Class 3 at School 169 check to see how they feature in Dalia’s Pet Detectives, at Bookfest
Booklet Fiction’s cat, who was both Winston and Dalia’s cat Onyx.
Kids from Federico Lorca school learning about Dalia and her pet detectives during Bookfest 2018
Following on from Bucharest’s spring fair Bookfest, I wrote the cover feature for OZB magazine.
I plan to write more, to give an airing to various aspects of Romania’s book world – not just to give readers a better idea of how much value they get for their 40 lei, but to spot opportunities in the publishing world and to highlight good practice and book world stars. What do you think of the article? I’d love to read your candid comments.
‘My’ stand at Booklet Fiction, Bookfest 2018
Cats were the face-painting theme of the day
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?
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 knack of creating believable characters so deftly and sympathetically that you feel as if they could walk off the page and give you a sneaky hug. We all loved it and can’t wait for the sequel!”
Read the whole review, and all the others in so far, here.
Read this today. Thought it was good advice. Thought I should pass it on.
“If there’s any one lesson I’ve learned: writing is sort of a lost art and I would always encourage young people, particularly, to take up writing because if you can write well it is a differentiator. It will separate you from your competition and lead to other things.”
This is a quote from Kasey Pipes – a former White House presidential speechwriter – talking about the skills of writing speeches. But the overall message is that he has had a great career because he learned to write effectively. It’s a valuable skill that many of your competitors lack, and which canny employers value.
In your spare time you can write a bestseller…
Never give up on a story because you think it’ll never be published!
Have confidence in your writing and put faith in your characters. Free your imagination!