Insulin and Empathy

A man dies alone in his flat, in the dark, because he’s diabetic and his insulin spoiled in the fridge, because his power was cut off, because his benefits had been stopped in the seventh richest country in the world. At the same time, the lights and fridges and respirators go out in Gaza as […]

Amazon, Consumers, and Melting Polar Ice

I’m gonna wade into the Amazon/Hachette quagmire real quick, because I feel like there’s something obvious that’s not being said. I’m trusting you guys to let me out alive. Background: Amazon.com and Hachette (one of the world’s big 5 publishers) have been bashing out the terms of their latest trade deal. Amazon have been playing […]

The Long Con at Loncon

Loncon is a-comin’ round the bend. Here’s what I’m up to and when. If you’re around in the Excel, do come say hey! Fresh Beasts Thursday 15:00 – 16:30, Capital Suite 13 (ExCeL) YA writers seem particuarly keen on supernatural monsters. Have we mined out the traditional ones — the Vampires, demons and zombies? What […]

Going Home

I went back to the house I grew up in today. Jen had her birthday party in that part of town, and it had been nearly ten years since I saw the place, so I thought I’d see what had happened to it. I walked down the long straight avenue of Crystal Palace parade, through […]

5… 4… 3… 2… 1…

Yep, as usual puppets and explosions and stirring trumpets can mean only one thing. At Forbidden Planet, London, on August 7th we will launch…. OUR LADY OF THE STREETS! And it will look like this:               And, because it’s one of my launches, there will be brownies, and they […]

I Don’t Want to Read About *Those* People…

There’s been a whole lot of ink spilled already in what feels like round 9 quadrillion of the debate on the value of YA, and I have only this to add: We all know what books (or any kind of story) can be at their best, right?  A vehicle for empathy, a glimpse into the […]