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Amazing Authors in August!

Summer is finally here! In three words, tell us how are you spending your summer this year?!

Eating. Reading. Beaching.


Childhood memories - what was summertime in your childhood like?

Summers were always filled with camping when I was young. Some of those camping experiences were hot and sunny and filled with sun-dappled canvas mornings and shooting-star streaked nights. Others were holding up tent poles in gale force winds and de-camping in the middle of a storm while others picked their tents up and carried them over their heads out of puddles. Camping was always an adventure. I loved it!


Where would you most like to Get Caught Reading this summer & why?

I’m a very simple soul so I would just like my own island, with my own lighthouse in the centre of it. I would climb to the very top and sit with my back against the lamp while I read books of all different kinds. I can’t imagine anything more wonderful than having the ever-changing landscape of the sea as a backdrop to reading. My favourite things combined!


You create amazing characters in your books! Which one would you choose to spend summer with & why?

I would like to spend the summer with Elen’s Gran. We could cook up spells together, draw maps of islands together, tell kids to go and explore if they can be bothered together and just generally be a bit bothersome but absolutely marvellous (in a slightly grumpy way) together.  


Reading is the ultimate escape! Which book ‘world’ would you escape to for summer & why?

It would have to be Narnia. I’d like to join in with ‘The Voyage of the Dawntreader’ and take part in all their wild and scary sea adventures!


Summer survival - name the three most essential things you take on holiday?

Books (of course).

Paper and pencil (can this be counted as one thing pretty please?)

My dog Watson Jones.


Summertime selfie – who would you have a selfie with this summer & why? (Fictional, historical or alive today)

Maya Angelou.  


Summertime travel – train, plane, automobile or other?

Hot air balloon – I wish!  


Inside or outside - best place to be creative in the summer?

I am incredibly lucky to have a small writing shed in the garden. It is like being inside and outside at the same time. I can see all the wildlife that bobbles and bumbles and pecks around the garden. I can hear the sea and the wind in the trees. I can smell the beautiful summer smells feel the sun on my skin through the open door. It’s a gorgeous place to write and I am at my happiest there. The only downside is the moths who keep eating my post-it notes from the walls.


Stuck on permanent summer vacation? What three books would you choose to have with you?

Oh this is SO difficult!

Only three?



‘Deep Water’ by Lu Hersey. It’s a modern day selkie story with so many brilliant elements to it. I absolutely tore through it!

‘Eden Summer’ by Liz Flanagan. I couldn’t put it down until I’d finished it. Brilliant.

‘Swallows and Amazons’ by Arthur Ransome. I’m clearly obsessed with island stories!



Thank you for participating - have a great summer!

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We wanted to find out what some of our amazing authors get up to in the summer months! Are they furiously writing their next masterpiece, surfing the seven seas, trekking through the Himalayas or curled up in the sun with a good book? Read on to find out more...



Eloise Williams

Eloise Pembrokeshire, very close to the beach where she walks her dog Watson Jones and collects sea glass. She worked in the theatre in wardrobe, then studied Drama. After working for over ten years as an actress, she studied for a Masters in Creative Writing at Swansea University. Elen’s Island is her first book which was published by Firefly in March 2015.


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