Guest post today comes from the lovely Keris Stainton as part of the blog tour for her new book, Starring Kitty:
I was planning to write a post about how I wrote Starring Kitty. But then I went to London for the weekend and when I got back I was so exhausted and overwhelmed that every time I tried to write about how I wrote Starring Kitty I just pictured monkeys and typewriters. So I thought I’d write about what I did in London instead.
I went to YALC – the UK’s first young adult fiction convention, curated by the Children’s Laureate, Malorie Blackman. I hadn’t really know what to expect – I’d never been to a con of any kind – but it was just one of the best things ever. A huge hall filled with passionate people* many of whom I’ve known online for YEARS, but had never met. I underestimated how overwhelming that would be. I spent half the time grinning at people who looked back at me blankly before going “Oh!” and the other half staring blankly at people who were grinning at me. But then there were hugs and chat and drinks and lots and lots of laughter. It was ace.
I’m not going to talk about workshops or panels or parties or logistics or anything like that – over the next couple of weeks I imagine there will be plenty of posts covering every aspect. All I really want to say is that book people are the best people. (You knew that, yes?) And that I never take for granted how lucky I am to be part of this amazing community of authors and bloggers and agents and editors and publicists and more. It makes my heart happy.
Also? I came home with free books.
We’re doing it all again next year, right?
* Not book-related, but the guy with a camera who stopped a passing Darth Vader with the words “Excuse me, Lord Vader” pretty much won the weekend for me.
New book – STARRING KITTY – out 10 July
Sometimes the greatest love stories happen behind the scenes…
Kitty’s keeping secrets. Like how she’s struggling to cope with her mum’s illness. And how she’s falling for the girl with the purpley-red hair… A fun film competition with her friends Sunny and Hannah seems like the perfect distraction. But then Dylan wants to be more than Kitty’s secret. Is Kitty ready to let her two worlds meet or will she risk losing Dylan forever?