Monday, September 07, 2009

Twitter



After resisting the urge to Twitter for a long, long time, I have finally succumbed. Yes. I am Twittering and you can follow me at: http://twitter.com/amloughrey


There are many quite exciting things happening on Twitter at the moment. Many YA novelists are twittering as their characters, such as Kathleen Duey http://twitter.com/kathleenduey and Melvin Burgess http://twitter.com/MelvinBurgess.


Sarwat Chadda twitters quotes from his book Devil Kiss at: http://twitter.com/devilskissbook and Julia Golding is running a competition to help her character, Catherine Royal, solve riddles at: http://twitter.com/CatherineRoyal.


Authors like Katie Fforde http://twitter.com/KatieFforde, Jill Mansell http://twitter.com/JillMansell and Mary Hoffman http://twitter.com/MARYMHOFFMAN prefer to Twitter than use Facebook. I always wondered how come their status updated loads everyday on Facebook. I suppose it is very quick and easy.


You can also follow publishers, newspapers and magazines. So it really was about time I joined the bandwagon - better late than never.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

The Devil's Kiss by Sarwat Chadda

Take a look at Sarwat's new trailer for the film of his book. It looks amazing.



I interviewed Sarwat about the research for Devil's Kiss and the sequel The Dark Goddess for my column in Writers' Forum. The interview can be read in the June 2009 issue, the month Sarwat's debut novel, Devil's Kiss, was released.

In fact, I was lucky enough to receive a proof copy and was blown away not only by his excellent writing style but the story really drew me in. I love the links to the Arthurian and The Knights Templar legends. As most of you know, I am a bit of a King Arthur nerd and thought it was very clever the way Sarwat had used characters names from the legends for his own purposes. Some of his ideas challenged my own impressions of the legends and Arthurian Romances, but in a way it made the story even more intriguing for me.

Anyway, if you read nothing else this year, I recommend you read Devil's Kiss by Sarwat Chadda.