Meeting my YA readers

There is nothing better for an author than meeting your readers and this week I had the great pleasure of meeting some of my young adult readers for the first time at Heartlands High School in Wood Green, London!

HHS is a fairly new school and I was extremely impressed when I went on a tour of the buildings with the lovely librarian, Helen Swinyard.  The campus had everything the students could possibly need and I loved the differently coloured ‘houses’ (the school is divided into houses to encourage a spirit of competition among the students).  The emphasis is on learning and enjoying learning, and I found all the students I talked to very articulate and well informed.

Some of the Year 9 girls had been reading my book, New England Rocks, and Helen had invited me to come and chat to them about it.  It was great to hear the girls’ thoughts and we discussed things like what their perfect hero would be like – I have a feeling the boys at HHS are going to find it hard to live up to the girls’ high standards!  But they’ve given me some good pointers for my next book 🙂

We compared UK schools to the American system and all the girls said they’d love a chance to attend a US school for a year, just to try it out.  And we discussed cover art and how they perceived different covers.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and hope to be able to go back there soon – many thanks to Helen and the girls for making me feel so welcome!


  1. What a great experience for you and for the students. You might have inspired some of them to imagining being published writers themselves one day!

    Comment by Angela Britnella — July 18, 2013 @ 9:24 pm

  2. I hope so, Angela, that would be brilliant! Thank you 🙂

    Comment by Christina Courtenay — July 21, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

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