Princess BMX Blog Tour

Just one week to publication and I’m excited to share with you details of the Princess BMX blog tour:

You can also read more about my debut journey and the inspiration behind Princess BMX at Words and Pictures Magazine and Madge Eekal Reviews. Thank you to everyone who has or will be hosting a blog. It really is appreciated.

Counting down to Princess BMX – saving Sir Jeffrey and other stuff

I promised in the run-up to the publication of Princess BMX, I’d tell you more about the book and the inspiration behind it. On that note, I’d like to share with you an interview I recently did for Words and Pictures, the SCBWI British Isles on-line magazine, about my debut journey.

Click on the link at the end of the page to find out more about my road to publication, my top tip for unpublished and unagented writers and to read the shocking revelation of how Princess BMX’s puppy Sir Jeffrey Bobbersons almost suffered death by microcorn.

A microcorn – I hear you say… Introducing Doreen!

Doreen the microcorn – a stumpy, mini unicorn – may be small but she has a big personality. And big teeth…they can munch their way through anything. She’s strong too. And clever, although her actions are usually more controlled by her stomach than her brain. With a bleat that can rival any goat and a tendency for headbutting, don’t expect Doreen to fade into the background.

And here’s the link to the Words and Pictures article. If you have any questions or comments about the article I’d love to hear them.

Win a Free School Visit

To celebrate the launch of Princess BMX, I’m teaming up with the Manchester Children’s Book Festival to offer primary schools in the North West the chance to win a free author visit.

Open to schools within a twenty-five mile radius of Manchester, I’ll choose one winner at random to receive an assembly presentation, KS2 creative writing workshop and book signing session.

To enter all you need to do is e-mail me by the 15th July 2019 with a few details. Download the leaflet below for more information on the competition and Princess BMX school visits and events.

Tyson the tea bag who accompanies me on all my school visits.

It’s one month exactly until the launch of Princess BMX!

PRINCESS BMX is Enchanted meets BMX!

Excitement is rising in Camden and the magical Kingdom of Biscotti. I mean, like, oh my curly candy, it’s just one month exactly until Princess BMX makes her debut and shares her story with the world.

Over the coming weeks, I’ll be telling you more about the inspiration behind the book and some of the characters that join Princess BMX on her adventures.

But first meet Ava, a radical new princess who splits her time between the skateparks of Camden, London and her home in the magical kingdom of Biscotti.

potatosack
Image by the amazing Flavia Sorrentino – https://www.flaviasorr.com/

Trust her the fairy tales have it so wrong. Dingy towers and wicked step-mums are the least of this feisty princess’s worries: it’s the boredom that will kill her. A complete failure when it comes to meeting those princess expectations, Ava can’t seem to do anything right.  Honestly, apart from the endless supply of cupcakes, being a princess is so rubbish, she used to think about locking herself in a tower and throwing away the key.

Thank the good goblin she discovered the potato sack. Because if she hadn’t been sliding down the stairs in a potato sack, she’d never have discovered BMX. And if it wasn’t for BMX, nothing would have changed …

If you’d like to know more about Ava’s boring old princess life in the magical Kingdom of Biscotti, you can read the first chapter of Princess BMX here. And if you’d like to learn more about Flavia Sorrentino, the fantastic illustrator who brought Ava to life, click here.

PRINCESS BMX is Enchanted meets BMX! A funny debut for ages 7+ that brings the fairy tale bang up to date – get ready for some extreme adventurous fun!

Published by Chicken House 1st August 2019 –  preorder now.

Princess BMX Smashing Gender Stereotypes

In this age of equality, are princess books still relevant? I stared at my Messenger Inbox, face contorted in such horror it would make Stephen King cry. What had I done to incite my friend Susan Brownrigg? Had I not liked her Tweets enough? Or maybe she was holding a grudge over something I’d said in a critique group back in 2017? Critique can do strange things to the mind.

The Scream – Edvard Munch, 1893

But when I delved deeper, I realised Susan wasn’t spamming me at all. Rather, she was presenting me with an opportunity. A chance to join the Gender Equality Collective’s* Twitter debate on the relevance of the princess in today’s children’s books.

I won’t lie, I was a bit apprehensive joining in. My book wasn’t even published yet and, according to these guys, it was already potentially irrelevant. Plus, I’d just spent fifty quid on a Princess BMX banner which if I say so myself is totally swag. Was I now going to have to bin it along with the several thousand princess books my publisher Chicken House were holding in a warehouse?

Me posing in front of the swag banner

But my overactive writer mind had had me worrying for nothing. The Gender Collective guys didn’t make me cry once with their mean accusations. In fact, there were no accusations at all: no princess bashing, no debut author ambush or telling me to get on my bike, no drama whatsoever. (Which on some levels was slightly disappointing because – as you can tell – I’m currently digging the dramatic.) Instead, what did happen was rather awesome when these lovely peeps later listed Princess BMX in their Best Books List.

GEC Best Books 2019 – Princess Books Smashing Stereotypes

I’ll let the Gender Collective explain:

Welcome to GEC Best Books 2019, we’re glad you’re here. Compiled by our GEC Community of parents, teachers, authors (and kids!), here is our round up of the absolute best books out there for Smashing Stereotypes.

Turns out we were in agreement all along. While it’s most definitely time to move on from the traditional fairy tale trope of the helpless princess waiting for prince charming, there’s a new generation of princesses smashing stereotypes. And Princess BMX, the feisty funny girl who prefers to hang out on the half-pipe rather than go to the ball, is delighted to be among them.

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*The Gender Equality Collective is a community of change which seeks to tackle gender imbalance and smash harmful stereotypes. Find out more and join me in signing their Gender Charter here.