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In the Middle with Simon P. Clark

Today, we are in the middle with Simon P. Clark, author of Eren, a book I cannot wait to read! (In fact, I just purchased the ebook and hope to read it next week while I travel between tour stops.)

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People are keeping secrets from Oli. His mum has brought him to stay with his aunt and uncle in the countryside, but nobody will tell him why his dad isn’t with them. Where is he? Has something happened? Oli has a hundred questions, but then he finds a secret of his own: he discovers the creature that lives in the attic…

Eren.

Eren is not human.
Eren is hungry for stories.
Eren has been waiting for him.

Sharing his stories with Eren, Oli starts to make sense of what’s happening downstairs with his family. But what if it’s a trap? Soon, Oli must make a choice: learn the truth – or abandon himself to Eren’s world, forever.

Eren is now available for purchase in the UK: Amazon | Waterstones Foyles | Hive (Find your nearest independent bookshop)

The ebook is available now in the US: Kindle | Nook

Or preorder the US version of the hardcover, available June 9, 2015 (retitled Tell the Story to its End for American markets): Amazon

Q&A with Simon

What draws you into writing for a middle grade audience?

I think, in common with a lot of children’s authors, I have very vivid memories of the books and stories I read as a kid. Children read very differently than adults – there’s something wild, something all-in about the way they can get wrapped up in a good tale. When I imagined myself as a writer, isn’t wasn’t necessarily as only a children’s author, but it was always going to encompass that, Maybe I’ll write for adult audiences in the future – if I can dumb things down a bit.

If you had a time machine and could visit middle-grade you, what would you tell him?

Firstly, keep rocking the Thomas the Tank Engine knitted cardigan look – you are totally pulling it off. Actually, I don’t know. I had a good time as a kid – I wouldn’t want a boring adult coming and telling me what to do. Mistakes are important, and they’re a part of any good adventure.

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Choose your own adventure: Is there an interview question you’d love to answer, but haven’t been asked?

Y’know, no one ever asks about the books that didn’t make it – the things I’ve written that will never see the light of day. It’s probably important for people to hear that Eren didn’t just burst from nowhere – it’s the end of a ten year long process. The first book I wrote was a weird Harry Potter-esque portal fantasy about ‘The Moors of Magic’, where all fictional animals are secretly living, and a girl – Adele – who finds out her parents aren’t dead (gasp!) but actually went there. It was … not good. I think my younger sister actually still has a copy. The day will come when she uses it to blackmail me.

And now I think I shall have to find your sister and become her new BFF. Thanks for dropping in today, Simon, and congratulations on your debut!

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Simon P. Clark is a British writer currently working in New Jersey. He likes bread, travel, and books that give you the creeps.
Connect with Simon on simonpclark.com, erentales.com, Twitter, Tumblr, or Facebook.

Hook’s Revenge Blog Tour Stop 9: Build a Fairy Garden with WhoRuBlog (plus giveaway!)

Happy Wednesday, friends! As this is the penultimate stop on my blog tour, I felt it was a good time to take a break for thought and reflection. Where better for big thoughts than in a wee little garden?

Join me at WhoRuBlog today for instructions on how to build an adorable little fairy garden and perhaps attract a fairy of your own, just like Jocelyn’s, Meriwether Pennyroyal.

While you are there, enter to win a copy of Hook’s Revenge!

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Friday, 9/12 Reading with ABC, Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway
Monday, 9/15 Paperback Princess, Interview
Tuesday, 9/16 The Irish Banana Review, Glossary of Pirate Words
Wednesday, 9/17 Mundie Moms, Guest Post, DIY Pirate Costumes
Thursday, 9/18 Jenuine Cupcakes, Nubbins’s Hardtack Recipe (Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies with Lime Curd)
Friday, 9/19 Queen Ella Bee Reads, Exclusive Excerpt
Monday, 9/22 Allodoxophobia, My Hook’s Revenge Playlist
Tuesday, 9/23 Kissed by Ink, Exclusive Excerpt
Wednesday, 9/24 Who RU Blog, Build a Fairy Garden Instructions and Giveaway

Upcoming:

Friday, 9/26 Supernatural Snark

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Hook’s Revenge Blog Tour Stop 8: Exclusive Excerpt at Kissed by Ink

Dear Reader,

As we have come to day eight of my Hook’s Revenge blog tour, I felt it prudent to share with you another short excerpt of the book that has brought us together today. You may recall that I began this tale many years ago. It has changed much in the telling; very few segments have remained as they were when I conceived of them. There is one, however, that has stayed largely the same as the day I first penned typed it.

That portion—a letter sent from Captain Hook to his daughter, Jocelyn—is what I wish to share with you today. Do not delay, dear reader, but go directly to Kissed by Ink, and read the missive that charted Jocelyn’s journey.

Swashbucklingly,

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P.S. You may also wish to read this Huffington Post Books interview  wherein I discuss next year’s Hook’s Revenge: The Pirate Code, writing middle grade fiction, and Peter Dinklage.

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Friday, 9/12 Reading with ABC, Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway
Monday, 9/15 Paperback Princess, Interview
Tuesday, 9/16 The Irish Banana Review, Glossary of Pirate Words
Wednesday, 9/17 Mundie Moms, Guest Post, DIY Pirate Costumes
Thursday, 9/18 Jenuine Cupcakes, Nubbins’s Hardtack Recipe (Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies with Lime Curd)
Friday, 9/19 Queen Ella Bee Reads, Exclusive Excerpt
Monday, 9/22 Allodoxophobia, My Hook’s Revenge Playlist
Tuesday, 9/23 Kissed by Ink, Exclusive Excerpt

Upcoming:

Wednesday, 9/24 Who RU Blog
Friday, 9/26 Supernatural Snark

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