An amazing thing happened to me a few weeks ago. Continue reading “Illustrated YA? What do you think? Chris Riddell Makes Beauty Sleep More Beautiful”
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Beauty Sleep is out now.
One of my author visit talks is all about beauty standards through the ages and how social media can make us place unrealistic expectations on ourselves that can have a detrimental effect on our mental health.
Trying to be perfect is poisonous.
And yet, I love social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. I belong to some great communities on those platforms and I’d really miss them in my life. It’s not the social media that’s the problem, it’s the content that’s pushed in our faces. We often can’t avoid the adverts that are sent to us, here’s one that made me spit with fury:
This lovely young woman’s photograph is not real. Her skin has been smoothed and tanned, her hair colour enhanced and her teeth whitened. I am 100% sure she looked completely fine before this image of perfection was presented to the world. The effect? We feel we can’t show our real selves because we just don’t match up. How horrible. What happens when we want to go out? Are they working on a Facetune for real life? Probably. If it makes money. Because that’s what it’s all about – making money off your insecurities.
If you want to play with filters, and some of them are really fun, use ones that are obvious and give Facetune a big ole poke in the eye. And follow some people who’ll make you feel better about yourself. Here are my top
five six Instagram accounts that are good for your mental health!
- @CelesteBarber – this woman is hilarious – her account parodies images of models and celebrities and she makes me laugh EVERY DAY. Improve your life. Just follow.
- @lewiscapaldi – cute, funny, real, honest. I LOVE HIM. His stories are brilliant. He’s a bit sweary sometimes but, lets face it, so am I. His posts are pure joy.
- @the.naked.farmer – it’s not what you expect. And it is. All of life embraced.
- @alwynhamilton – author of Rebel of the Sands, absolute icon for positive body image – her stories are just fab!
- @mattzhaig – well known for his books about mental health, his feed is full of positive affirmation but also the reality of coping with anxiety.
6. I have to include Karen Ball @didyoumakethat for her fantastic series of photographs with a stranger – it’s joyous!
Add your favourite accounts in the comments and share the love – you can never have enough positive influences. And if you want to follow me, I’m @KathrynEvansInk
Beauty Sleep out now.
A pacey, gripping, thriller – Sunday Express. A Black Mirror twist on Sleeping Beauty – The Book Seller.
School visits via Authors Abroad.
The last two weeks I have been all over the place celebrating book week and preparing for the launch of Beauty Sleep. I can’t get over how lucky I am that this is part of my job – thanks to all the lovely schools and book shops that have welcomed me so far. We’ve laughed and cried and I met Hercule Potatoe Two more weeks to go – in which I return to my old school for the first time in 34 years. Nervous. Moi? It’s keeping me from my beauty sleep…
Beauty Sleep is available in all it’s shiny glory from all good book shops! Foyles Charing Cross and Forbidden Planet have signed copies!
It is January the 3rd 2019 which means I can officially say I have a book coming out THIS YEAR. It’s taken me long enough – it’s been three years since More of Me came out in the UK but I handed in my copy edits on Christmas Eve. I made some fairly major changes to the end, even though it had already gone out to some lovely people to read.
The fabulous author of The Extinction Trials, S. M .Wilson gave me my very first Beauty Sleep review:
Read a brilliant book this weekend Beauty Sleep by Kathryn Evans A fantastic story which reads like a feature length episode of Black Mirror, with just enough creep factor to keep you on the edge of your seat! Loved it!
You can read the first chapter in The Usborne YA newsletter. Complete with the stunning cover that Will Steele designed for it.
I’ll probably still want to tweak it a bit forever but…
I’m actually really pleased with it 🙂
Laura was dying. There was no cure for her illness. So her family decided to grasp a desperate last hope – Laura was frozen until she could be cured.
But what happens when you wake up one day and the world has moved on forty years? Your best friend is middle-aged, your parents presumed dead. Could you find a new place to belong? Could you build a new life – while solving the mystery of what happened to the old one?
Dark secrets lurk in the future of the girl from the past…
Available for Pre-order from:
Your local book shop.
Usborne are sharing exciting extracts of their new books for 2019 – including Beauty Sleep. If you’d like to have a sneaky peak, all you have to do is sign up for their newsletter here.
And all I have to do is chew my nails in a panic that people will like my new baby. EEEK!!!
I’ve just been to the fabulous SCBWI annual conference and I learned a thing! Well, I learned lots of things but here’s a really fun thing you can join in with.
You will need:
A smart phone.
The HP Reveal app.
A copy of More of Me.
How to find the hidden content:
Download the app, discover and follow me: KathrynEvansAuthor
Scan the cover with the app to find the hidden content – let me know what you find!
I’m on Twitter @KathrynEvansInk Instagram, Facebook @KathrynEvansAuthor and Snapchat: KathrynEvansInk (no wonder I’m so far behind with my work…)
PS, If you can’t find a copy of More of Me, you can find some of the content by scanning the cover below…
My new book, Beauty Sleep, will be out in April 2019 and I’m beyond excited to show you the cover, designed by Usborne’s amazing Will Steele.
Laura is frozen for over forty years. When she wakes up, she has new friends to make, a new language to learn, new people to trust. How do you start again in a world you barely recognise but where everybody recognises you?
There’s a really cool video but i can’t work out how to share it here – please go see it here…
Dark secrets lurk in the future of the girl from the past…