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Children & Young Adult

Filling The Gap: The Question of Ideas by Dave Rudden
Posted by Dave Rudden in > Children & Young Adult

I talk about writing a lot, in schools and at festivals, and the ever-present question is – where do you get your ideas? It’s a good question, and every writer...

My First Year as a Published Author by Catherine Doyle

I signed the contract for my YA trilogy in summer 2013, almost a year after finishing my first novel, Vendetta. What followed was a manic year of re-writes, edits, proofs,...

Mountains, Myths and Rolls of Wallpaper by Sarah Mussi

Here Be Dragons Book One of the Snowdonia Chronicles is my latest novel and my first go at a trilogy. Set on the snowy slopes of Mount Snowdon over one...

Once Upon A Place: A Laureate Book Project by Siobhán Parkinson
Posted by Siobhán Parkinson in > Children & Young Adult

Children of Ireland, how lucky can you get! Just look at the fantastic array of stories and poems that are captured in the pages of Once upon a Place, compiled...

Maureen White on The Butterfly Shell & Writing Advice
Posted by Maureen White in > Children & Young Adult

Getting a debut novel published is very exciting. However, it in no way makes you an expert on anything except survival maybe. So while I am in no position to...

The Book of Learning: What, Where, When, How, & Why by E.R. Murray

Being a debut author is exciting, terrifying, and tinged with a certain amount of disbelief – is this really happening? It takes a lot of work, a lot of time,...

Kieran Fanning: Ninjas, Favelas & Writing for Children

Writing.ie’s Elizabeth Rose Murray recently spoke to debut author Kieran Fanning about his new novel for kids Black Lotus, here’s what she found out… EM: Tell us a little about...

How to Make Worlds Explode by Shane Hegarty

Three years ago, while sitting on the floor of a packed train, I hit upon an idea for a book. It wasn’t even an idea, to be honest. It was...

The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

I started writing The Accident Season in November, just after the book is set. I wrote the first draft in a month and a half of a rush of words...

Making Story; Helen Falconer on The Changeling
Posted by Helen Falconer in > Children & Young Adult

The Changeling, the first of a young adult fantasy trilogy set in north Mayo, is very different from my previous work. When I lived in London, I wrote about the...