A Cool Review for Shine in the Guardian

Shine by Candy Gourlay
'A precious and important novel that also explores exile from neighbours, family and country. The book is about reinvention and the faces we present to the world, whether it be in person, on a postcard or on the internet, all wrapped up in an exciting and perfectly paced story with a disturbing and dramatic climax.'
Philip Ardagh, The Guardian
Read the review

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Storyblogging time again - how I started writing a vampire novel but lost my way in the rain

Over on the Storyblog, DFB authors and illustrators are blogging on the subject of second books.

The subject of course is most significant to me as my second novel is coming out next year. Shine has been almost three years in the making, and I think it's okay to reveal that, frankly, it's NOT the book I set out to write.

Read my Storyblog piece on how my second novel was a tale of the unexpected ...


(You might notice that I turned off the comments on this post to save you the trouble of commenting on both ... which is a very, very broad hint that I'd love some comments on the Storyblog! Thank you in advance!)

You might also want to read what the other DFB Storybloggers had to say -


  • Linda Newbery led with the painful story of her second book. 
  • The illustrators Richard Collingridge, David Wyatt (who recalled feelings of gratitude and anxiety on  his second cover commission by a young, fresh faced David Fickling), Sarah McIntyre and Lesley White showed off some wonderful sketches and talked about second tries (and third tries) 
  • John Dickinson talked about what could go wrong with a sequel
  • Andrew Norris talked about what could go right (and well he should as his second Archie book is now out) 
  • Conrad Mason went on and on about lemurs and goblins. 
  • And Adele Geras hooked me immediately by revealing that her second novel was actually her first.