Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Going on retreat, editing, and some handy links

First (and second) part: I went on retreat earlier this month with 5 brilliant authors - Dawn Kurtagich (who masterminded the whole thing), Tatum Flynn, Victoria Schwab, Isabel Sterling, and David Purse. My goal, as stated in front of the others on the first night in our wicked apartment filled with armour and stuffed animals, was to finish a round of edits on my current manuscript. I got a fair bit done, but not a full round; although I did have a lot of ice cream, played jenga, and drove my car onto a beach, so if you take all things into consideration, it was a productive week. More importantly, it was a lot of fun.

Dawn very cleverly put together a video of our adventures, which you can check out here if you're so inclined.

The handy links part: I've taken part in a couple of interviews and guest blogs recently, and you can use these clicky things to check them out:

Where the Ideas Flow (a sneak peek into my writing space) on Serendipity Reviews

Welsh Week Interview on Librarian Lavender

My Top 10 UKYA Books on the UKYA site (I've tried to include some under-the-radar reads in this list, so it isn't just the same old faves trotted out for the zillionth time)

Also coming up in a couple of days is a guest post on Miss Print's site for 'Poetically Speaking' - a blog series to celebrate Poetry Month - in which I talk about Ted Hughes' The Thought Fox. In the meantime, there are already loads of fantastic poetry-themed posts there just waiting for you to have a gander... CLICK TO SEE THE AWESOMENESS

OK, I think that's all I have for you at the moment. Better get back to kicking this manuscript around the room like a thug.

Kat out x

Monday, 13 April 2015

In which I have NEW BOOK NEWS!

Yes, you read that right - a new book! I am delighted to be working with Firefly Press on another book, this time a YA sci fi called PURGE, due for publication Autumn 2016.

This means I'll have 2 books out next year (PURGE, and BREAKER, which will be out in the Spring), and I'm hugely excited to see this story heading out into the world. It's really special to me, and I happen to think it's funny and weird and geeky and romancey and all good things, so I hope readers will like it too! Here's an extract from the press release issued today by Firefly Press:

Penny Thomas, Publisher at Wales-based children’s and YA publisher Firefly Press has acquired World English rights to PURGE, the second young adult thriller for Firefly by author Kat Ellis, from Molly Ker Hawn at the Bent Agency.

Following Kat’s acclaimed debut fantasy thriller BLACKFIN SKY, the new novel is a powerful and romantic excursion into futuristic fantasy. PURGE will be published in autumn 2016, following publication of Kat’s second YA novel BREAKER in the US next spring by Running Press Teen.  
Told in parallel narratives, PURGE features 17-year-old Mason, who has secrets hes desperately trying to keep, like his penchant for the drug known as Pi, and the implant that allows him to hide his deafness. When he's kicked out of yet another community, Mason has no option but to seek shelter with people who believe purging is good for the soul — only in Mason's case, ‘purging’ means having his personality altered through a terrifying virtual reality programme. 
Penny Thomas, Firefly Press Publisher, says: This is a great title for Firefly. Kat is an emerging YA writer of real skill, and a talent for creating scary and compelling new fictional worlds and characters. BLACKFIN SKY was a Junior Library Guild selection in the US and a fantastic read, and I’m certain PURGE will be a big hit with fans and readers new to Kat’s work.’

Here's a link to the announcement on The Bookseller.

What do you think?? If you'd like to add it to your Goodreads TBR, you can do so here.

Kat out x

*skips off into the sunset*