Monday, 8 June 2009

Sophie McKenzie: What a great visit!

Sophie McKenzie was our guest for The Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour last week - read on to hear how she got on...

Coming from a small flat in a big city, the first thing that struck me was the space! Most of the schools Jasmine, Chris and I went to were set against an amazing backdrop of lush green hills and rolling fields. I’m sure it’s easy to take the view for granted if you go there every day – just like I take for granted having a supermarket down the road from where I live – but to me, like many other visiting authors, the scenery was jaw-droppingly stunning!

Getting on board the Scottish Book Trust bus was a big thrill. I love going on tour – the chance to explore new places and meet new people and this visit round beautiful Ayrshire was no exception. We were given such a warm welcome wherever we went and I got to meet lots of readers too. Standing up in front of people and talking about my books and writing is always more fun when the audience asks questions and gets involved – so thanks to everyone at all the schools who put up their hands (pictured below) and made me think… here’s a list of the answers to the top three questions I got asked on tour. See if you can work out what the questions were!!!

1. Yes, there will be a sequel to Blood Ties – its coming out next year.

2. No, I’ve never met Stephenie Meyer, but I love her books!

3. The Set-Up is the first book in my new series about a group of teenagers with psychic powers.

Big congratulations to Sophie who was last weekend named the overall winner of the Red House Children's Book Award for her book Blood Ties! Well done Sophie!


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