Archive for February, 2012

Soul Fire cover, plus ladybirds & imagining 2025…


It’s here – and I love it, I must admit! The cover for Soul Fire, the second in the Soul Beach trilogy, will be published in the UK in July 2012. As the cover says, it’s getting hotter on the Beach – and as Alice looks for her sister’s killer, she ends up in a firestorm of her own.

The book’s now being copy-edited, to make sure I haven’t got my dates muddled up. Really looking forward to seeing the real thing… and in the meantime, I am plotting the third and final part of the trilogy which is thrilling and nerve-wracking in equal measure. I know how it ends – but there’s still plenty to work out!

I also need to do some extremely vital beach-related research: more details to follow!

My Boot Camp book is now with my editor, and I am mulling what adult book to write next. But in the mean time, I’ve been doing some crystal-ball gazing.

… is a project asking people to imagine what life will be like in 2025 – and how technology could damage or benefit us. I’ve written a specially commissioned short story, called The Last Ladybird, which will be available to download soon on the official website.

It was great fun to imagine how life might be in fifteen years: the good and the bad. And if you fancy doing the same, there’ll also be a short story competition to enter, so do keep checking the site.

As part of my research, I’ve been getting to know Britain’s 46 different species of ladybirds. Fascinating stuff. My personal favourite? Our only vegetarian ladybird, the pale and interesting Subcoccinella 24-punctata:

How does he feature in my story? You’ll have to wait and see.

Bye for now,


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