Sunday, 24 January 2010

This week's word is: TRAILER

Hello dragon fans. It’s been quiet in the den this week, mainly due to the fact that the author has been running around doing school visits again. He’s deliberately cut down on events this year in order to write the last two novels of the Chronicles a little quicker. He’s still on course for America in May, but we don’t know the dates yet. He had Gwendolen trawling the Internet for him yesterday, downloading information about the forms he needs to complete, just to be let into America. Apparently, it’s not good enough to just turn up at the airport and go Hrrr! at the immigration officials. Oh well. I leave all that to him.

Two bits of good news! Gruffen and Gauge are going to have their stories turned into Japanese. We are very excited about this because, as followers of the blog will know, the Japanese make beautiful books with lovely illustrations. We are wondering if they’ll use Adam Stower’s drawings of us. The blog will keep you posted on that. And the other lovely thing to happen recently was that Gruffen’s story has been shortlisted for a book award – in Rotherham. English readers will know where that is. For everyone else, it’s in a place called Yorkshire, where the author used to live once. It will be June before we know if we’ve won or not. Fingers and isosceles crossed, everyone.

Gwendolen came across something interesting this week. A trailer for The Fire Eternal. We don’t know how long ago this was made, but it might be recent as the paperback of TFE has only just come out in America. Here’s the link. It’s good fun.

By the way, only 96 days to go before Dark Fire comes out in America! Excitement.

Quick update on the guidebook. Mrs Author has been busy making notes. The house is full of them. You cannot move for her scraps of paper. She’s has just read Icefire again and wept at the end of it. Not because it’s sad, but because it’s nostalgic. She thought you might like to see this, by the way. It’s a picture of the squirrel book the author wrote for her (as a Christmas present) before he turned it into The Fire Within. This is a piece of REAL history that the guidebook will cover in some detail.

Okay, that’s it for now. Have a great week. Happy reading. Hrrr!

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