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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?!

Camping and canoeing mostly with the dog and three children.


Childhood memories - what was summertime in your childhood like?

I spent most of my summer swimming in the River Usk which was around the corner from our house. We would make a picnic, ride on our bikes and spend the day down there making dens, swimming out to little islands and bombing down the rapids.


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

Under a shady tree by a river in case I need to jump in and cool off.


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

Definitely Blaze, I think he’s a fascinating person and I’d like to know more about the magic his mother shares with him and the history of the wise women born in the river at his birthplace in France.


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

I’m a redhead so I tend to freckle and wilt in the heat so Narnia has at times been calling out to me. I don’t think I’ll ever look at a wardrobe without wondering…


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

Books, a decent tent and my mobile phone as I do like to take a lot of photos.


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

My favourite author, Barbara Erskine who is my hero. I’ve read every single one of her books and would like to be her when I grow up.


Summertime travel – train, plane, automobile or other?

We spent a week travelling around Wales in a massive motorhome recently which was an amazing experience – a great way to travel.


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

Outside, near water under a tree with plenty of drinks and snacks nearby.


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

Roald Dahl’s collective works, The Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine and Aesop’s Fables.



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...



Rhian Ivory

Rhian Ivory studied English Literature at Aberystwyth and trained as a Drama & English teacher. She wrote her first novel during her first few years in teaching, securing a publishing deal with Bloomsbury who published her first four books.   Rhian’s fifth book, The Boy who Drew the Future, published by Firefly, has received critical acclaim being one of the Daily Telegraph’s Best YA Books of 2015. She is a National Trust writer in residence at Sudbury Hall and the Museum of Childhood.  She currently lives in Rutland, the smallest county in the country, with her family and their two very lively spaniels.


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