Why Writers Need Friends.

I’ve been looking through my ideas file for the next thing I want to work on, and  found something I want to share with you, especially if you are an unpublished writer feeling like it’s never going to happen. It’s from 2010,  the early days of Facebook and it mattered to me so much, I …

And the winner is…Bold, Brilliant and Bonkers.

By Kathryn Evans Bold, brilliant and bonkers? Me? Well, maybe, but I think Addy Farmer was talking about my book in this fabulous video of the SCBWI Crystal Kite for Uk and Ireland: And proving that she was probably right about me, this is what I was wearing when I received the award… I know,…

Edinburgh Book Festival: 2017

In which I nearly miss the most exciting event of my writing life. Last year I was invited to take part in Edinburgh International Book Festival. I was very over excited – it was my first major event as a published author and I had a hard job believing I was actual there…. In my…

The SCBWI Crystal Kite Award 2017

By Kathryn Evans Sometimes, when you start on a journey, there are certain dreams that seem ridiculously  beyond your reach but you dream them anyway because they just  keep you going.  And sometimes, ridiculously, no matter how far beyond your reach they seem,  those dreams can come true.   The Society of Children’s Book writers and Illustrators…

More of Me is One Year Old

By Kathryn Evans I feel like I should have a little birthday tea. One year ago today, my first book was born. After more than 15 years of trying, I became an actual, real life  published author. My debut YA novel More of Me was released by Usborne  to U.K. readers. The birth was celebrated by…

20 Author Rejections

From SCBWI British Isles Members. It’s the 20th anniversary of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. It’s the only largest organisation for published AND unpublished writers in the world and I’ve been part of it for years. Holding hands with fellow writers as we climb through the snowdrift of rejection letters to publication has…

Edinburgh Book Festival – Unusual and Unexpected.

This weekend  was probably the best booky weekend I have ever had for I was hosted by the marvellous folk at Edinburgh Book Festival. The Festival takes place in a little corner of  magic called Charlotte Square Gardens. A lovely little green, surrounded by white pavillions and the rather marvellous Spiegletent. There’s a book shop, obviously,…

The Joy of #Yalc

#Yalc= Young Adults Literature Convention Last year I saw all the excitement around YALC  and was just desperate to be there. So this year, by hook or by crook, I wasn’t going to miss it.  

A Week in the Life of an Author

    The craziest of train journeys; a wonderful day with librarians and a short lived but highly productive afternoon at the SCBWI writer’s retreat…