[personal profile] rj_anderson
Nearly all my good news these days seems to be coming from the other side of the pond -- which is not a bad thing by any means! But in any case, I found out this week courtesy of some schoolchildren who e-mailed me from the UK that Knife has been nominated for the Hillingdon Secondary School Book of the Year for 2010. The nominees are selected by a team of librarians, copies of the nominated books are read by students at all participating schools and then the final award winner is voted on by the students themselves, so I'm really delighted to be part of this!

And also related to the UK editions of my books, I just completed a short "Meet the Author" video where I talk about the inspirations behind Knife and Rebel, for Orchard Books to use on their website:

I have already been mocked* for the Scarf That Ate Rebecca's Head, so you can hold off on that one. :) Next time I shall know better.

* Not by my publisher, I hasten to add. And it was all in good fun anyway.

Date: 2009-12-05 03:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shoebox2.livejournal.com
Ooh, an award given by the children themselves, that's special. :)

Scarf notwithstanding the video is also great, I can see you coming across as v.approachable and cool to those same children especially.

Date: 2009-12-05 04:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rj-anderson.livejournal.com
I can has cool! Clearly I fooled you all. :D

I hope kids like it. Attention spans are so short and I didn't include any extra visuals... mostly because I couldn't figure out how to work them in!

Date: 2009-12-05 04:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jadetrekeast.livejournal.com
You came across very articulate and calm. I don't know if I could be as cool with a camera on me. I know I look forward to the second book. And congrats on the school nomination.

Date: 2009-12-05 04:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rj-anderson.livejournal.com
Well, it helps that I was doing the recording myself with the built-in webcam on my laptop! That way I could have the script posted at the top of the screen and look like I knew what I was doing. :D

And thanks!

Date: 2009-12-05 02:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fandoria.livejournal.com
What a cool award. I hope Knife wins. You did great with the video. I never do so well when cameras are pointed in my direction. Can't wait for Rebel to come out!

Date: 2009-12-05 04:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rj-anderson.livejournal.com
Thank you very much! I'm up against Neil Gaiman so who knows about my chances, but it's wonderful to be considered!

And I'm pretty excited about REBEL as well... 7 January in the UK, woo!

Date: 2009-12-05 04:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fandoria.livejournal.com
What's the US release date?

Date: 2009-12-05 04:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rj-anderson.livejournal.com
WAYFARER comes out here on April 27, 2010. Yeah, I know -- quite a gap there! But I hope to run a giveaway contest some time before that.

Date: 2009-12-05 08:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mary-j-59.livejournal.com
Well, I think you look lovely, scarf and all! And a neat interview - it was nice to hear a little more about what inspired you. This also makes me think: what a pity we couldn't do a videocast. Maybe next time-

Date: 2009-12-06 08:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asphodeline.livejournal.com
It's so lovely to actually see and hear you at last! The scarf is ok and I LOVE the brooch :)

Whovian Neckwear

Date: 2009-12-09 03:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cytowolf.livejournal.com
No loyal whovian should ever be ashamed of their choice of abundant neckwear!


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