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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?!

Reading, dancing, stargazing.


Childhood memories - what was summertime in your childhood like?

Lots of trips to the beach. Coming from a landlocked place, the most exciting moment was our first glimpse of the sea from the car window as we neared the coast.  Adults and children seemed equally excited, as I remember.


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

In Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden, Flintshire because it’s an amazing place and the only library in Britain where you can stay as well as visit.  Oh, and I’m staying next weekend, lucky me.


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

It has to be Bree Aurora, the main character in my novel ‘Alien Rain’. She has such a lot of problems to contend with but never loses her love of the wonders of nature.  I’d enjoy exploring some wild, unspoilt place on Earth with Bree as well as giving her a break from all those problems.


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

For ‘world’ read ‘galaxy’ – as in ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ by Douglas Adams. Accompanied by The Book I would love to spend my summer hitchhiking around space where the possibilities for adventure are endless.


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

A book, often short stories when I’m on holiday, a notebook and pen.


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

Zaphod Beeblebrox because he’s the coolest guy in the galaxy.


Summertime travel – train, plane, automobile or other?

Ideally, spaceship.


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

Inside there are fewer distractions and I have to say, I get many of my best ideas under the covers, in that halfway place between sleeping and waking.


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

The Stories of Ray Bradbury

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Treasure Island by RL Stevenson



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...



Ruth Morgan

Ruth was born in Carmarthen and grew up in Llandovery. She read English at Cardiff University and went into teaching, where she felt inspired as a young teacher to invent stories to entertain the children in her classes. An editor on a school visit heard one and offered to publish it. She has written for television and radio and published fiction, poetry and plays for children of all ages. She also appears as a visiting storyteller at Cardiff Castle. She teaches part-time in Penarth, where she lives with her partner, the illustrator Chris Glynn, and their son, Gethin.


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