Deep Water makes a great Christmas present

I know because I read it here:

So my suggestion for today is solve all your last minute Christmas shopping nightmares by getting everyone a copy of #DeepWater. Not just teens – your 80 year old great aunty will love it.  Probably. Honest 🙂


YA Shot Blog Tour: Exploring Libraries with author Lu Hersey

It was great fun exploring lost and mythical libraries with the lovely Ally Dewing – we collaborated on this post as part of the #YAShot blog tour…

Alex Dewing


I’m thrilled to be able to say that I’m taking part in the Blog Tour for YA Shot,  a wonderful one-day Young Adult (YA) and Middle Grade (MG)  festival taking place later this month.  Click on the logo above to find out more about this brilliant event!!

YA Shot takes place not only to promote YA and MG writing and writers  but to spread the importance of libraries as free centres of learning and reading for pleasure. So I’m joined today by Lu Hersey, the author of the Deep Water (my review for it is here) to talk about her love for libraries!

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To begin I’d just like to welcome Lu to Reading in the Rain, it really is lovely to have you here! Would you like to say a little something about yourself ?

Thanks Ally!  I write YA myth based fiction in a kitchen sink…

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Q&As and a recommended YA/MG reading list

The Bristol Short Story Prize posted this interview with me on their site, which was really kind. Mainly it’s about why it’s worth entering competitions, but I also took the opportunity to try and mention as many brilliant writers as possible in a really short space. Did it off the top of my head, so hope all the people I forgot aren’t too offended….

A guest post for Tales of Yesterday

The fabulous ‘best newcomer’ #UKYA book blogger Chelle (aka Michelle Toy) at Tales of Yesterday invited me to write a guest post about the magic and ‘old ways’ in my book, Deep Water. So kind of her – and a great opportunity for me to explain some background stuff about the story too! Anyway, here’s a link to the post:

Deep Water by Lu Hersey

Such a lovely review of Deep Water from Sofia (aka The Reading Fangirl) – really appreciate her taking the time to write it. It means a lot.

The Reading Fangirl

Deep WaterGenre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 375
Publisher: Usborne
Format: Paperback
Source: Usborne
Rating: 5 stars
Buy the Book: Waterstones, Amazon, The Book Depository
When her mum vanishes, Danni moves to a tiny Cornish fishing village with Dad – where the locals treat her like a monster. As the village’s dark, disturbing past bubbles to the surface, Danni discovers that she’s not who – or what – she thought she was. And the only way to save her family from a bitter curse is to embrace her incredible new gift.

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The pointlessness of LinkedIn

Most days I get an email from LinkedIn. Content may vary, but often it’s to tell me I should congratulate people I don’t really know about work anniversaries in jobs I didn’t know they had. Then a few days ago I got one asking me to congratulate a work colleague on his 10th work anniversary. He died two years ago. That clinched it. I wondered if anyone EVER actually benefitted from being on LinkedIn. I decided I may as well delete my profile completely, but then somehow didn’t quite get round to it – instead I just ranted on about how ridiculous linkedin is to anyone who was prepared to listen at the time.

Then I got a few requests to join the LinkedIn network of a few fellow writers. And following the latest ‘if you add your school, viewings of your profile may rise by 25%’ email (which incidentally I find hard to believe – why would anyone be interested that I went to Devonport High School for girls in Plymouth for a few years some time last century?), I decided it was probably time to check my profile to see if it was remotely relevant to my current life.

God it was boring. People I hardly know, some of them semi-literate (no offence to my very elderly but well intentioned aunt) endorsed me as being able to proof read (seriously? I put proof reading as one of my skills? I can’t even spell for goodness sake!) Lots of people endorsed me as a copywriter, even though I hadn’t done any copywriting for them. How did they know? And okay, I spend a lot of time editing, both my own work and other people’s – but why would the second cousin I met once (yes, in my whole life) who now lives in the back end of the Bible Belt in America, want to endorse me for my editing skills? LinkedIn, I decided, is total bullshit.

I was about to delete my profile when I spotted the one saving grace on my page. A written testament from one of my lovely (possibly slightly more out there) friends, which described me as ‘a true shaman and warrior’.

I’m so proud of that. Seriously. It might not win me any business copywriting work, but who cares? It’s probably the best thing anyone has EVER written about me.

So instead of deleting my Linkedin profile, I decided to change it. It’s an ongoing project, and involves plenty of procrastination time – they encourage you to regularly update, and let your network know about your work changes. I’m planning on adding ‘world domination’, ‘training guinea pigs to break dance’ and ‘making it up as I go along’ to my key skills section. It’s a work in progress.

Talking of which, it’s time to get back to the one job I’m actually interested in pursuing. Writing my next novel. Meanwhile you’re welcome to join my linkedIn network anytime. My ability to train guinea pigs might need a few endorsements…

Break-dancing Guinea pig