I start most of my blog posts off (particularly my monthly updates) by apologising for not updating recently, so you can probably guess where I'm going with this...! You guessed it... MEGA APOLOGIES for disappearing from the blog over the past few months - I have some SUPER EXCITING announcements for you this month though, so hopefully by the time you've read my update, you'll have forgiven me for my lack of participation!
Bluetooth & the World Wide Web, 28/06/2019
Earlier this year, my dad pitched an interesting story idea to me one day over coffee. This isn't unusual, as he's awesome at coming up with unique stories, characters and worlds for me to explore through my writing. This one, though, really stuck with me, because I'd been toying with the idea of writing a children's book for a few months. Truth is, I'd arrived at a bit of a standstill (I know, I know... Writer's Block isn't real and my blockage was all in my head) but I needed something fresh and exciting to get the cogs turning again.
So, I began to put pen to paper (fingers to keyboard) in order to get a first draft done, inviting my dad, David Hardcastle to co-write the book with me as its original creator. After lots of drafts, lots of editing, lots of working lunches and proofreading, our story is finally ready for readers to enjoy.
#BBCWeAreBradford also recently invited us to chat on their morning BBC Leeds radio show about the upcoming release and the work I do with schools and local businesses to encourage West Yorkshire's young people to read more and write creatively. We're hoping Bluetooth & the World Wide Web will bring families together at bedtime and might also encourage older children to read independently and build their confidence.
Ooh, and we've hired a FANTASTIC and very talented illustrator (to be announced soon) who is currently bringing our ideas to life! We CAN'T WAIT to show you!
We're so excited to be releasing Bluetooth & the World Wide Web on June 28th 2019 that we're actually going on tour! The managers and their staff at our local WHSmith branches here in West Yorkshire (and a few elsewhere!) will be hosting some book signings with us over the next few months to celebrate the release, along with some additional venues. Be sure to check www.erachaelhardcastle.com/events, as we'll be adding more dates soon (and there will be fun photo opportunities at each of them).
We're both looking forward to sharing this story with our loyal readers, and would like to thank everyone involved in advance for their hard work, help and support. From our BETA readers, to our mascots, bookstores to the media, Curious Cat Books is thrilled to be working with you all!
Watch this space!
Second WHSmith Book Signing Success
It was a real pleasure and honour to be invited back to WHSmith Trafford Centre, Manchester for a second book signing at the beginning of this month. We spent almost a full day at the store, meeting readers and signing copies of my three current releases.
I'd like to give a shout out to everyone who met me and bought books on the day, and of course to WHSmith for embracing independent authors and supporting them. I'm THRILLED to now be working with other branches around the UK this year too.
I can also now announce that WHSmith Trafford Centre will be stocking paperback copies of Finding Pandora: The Complete Collection, Aeon Infinitum: Run For Your Life and Noah Finn & the Art of Suicide in store! If you missed me at the signing but would like to try one of my bestselling fiction books, please check their shelves in the next week or two. Also, if you visited and took photos or purchased books from me on the day, feel free to upload your snapshots to social media and tag me on Facebook @erachaelhardcastle, Twitter @erhardcastle and Instagram @erachaelhardcastle.
Horton Grange Primary School
Despite posting an update specifically dedicated to this lovely Bradford school earlier in the month, I wanted to include them here in my update to highlight their Aspirations Week. I was pleased to be invited to chat with the children during six 30 minute workshops for their Year 3 and 4 classes, inspiring and encouraging the children to write some fun short stories and to run a competition.
Each class wrote and submitted one story each, and I had the difficult job of choosing one winner from each to display proudly on my website. If you haven't already had a look, please do go and check that out!
World Book Day
Usually I'm writing or working on World Book Day, so it's rare that I get to enjoy it through a group activity or a planned event. However, this year it was great to be invited along to St Cuthbert's Church, Wrose, Shipley to celebrate with Wrose Rocks, a creative and artistic community group. I got to meet some excited children and their parents and to listen to a funny reading of various children's books. Some of the staff were also dressed up as their favourite characters!
Ooh, as you can see by the picture I also got to debut my Finding Pandora banner! Pretty, right?
Thank you again to both the church and Wrose Rocks for having me.
In Your Area - Press Release Goes Live
We are so lucky to be included on the In Your Area events website, announcing the release of Bluetooth & the World Wide Web. I'd like to say thank you to the team there for posting this on their forum, and to everyone who has read, commented and shared so far. You can read their article HERE.
Mirage: Speculating on Speculative Fiction with Bryan Aiello
Thank you again to New Yorker Bryan Aiello who very kindly featured an interview with my dad and I on his podcast, Mirage: Speculating on Speculative Fiction. If you haven't yet discovered Bryan's podcasts, be sure to subscribe to his channel and listen to some other interesting author interviews.
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