Tell me what inspired you to write your children’s series and are you limiting yourself to a certain number of books in this series? I write the books that I wish I’d had as a child. I was obsessed with murder mysteries (I discovered Agatha Christie aged 12) but could never find stories that starred children as the detectives – so I made up Daisy and Hazel! I don’t see […]

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Tell me what inspired you to write your The Fandom? The inspiration behind The Fandom was from an original idea by Angela McCann, who was runner up in The Big Idea competition. She had the idea of transporting a group of teenagers into their favourite story. Then I was inspired by my love of all things dystopian, so The Hunger Games, Divergent and Delirium to name a few. I was […]

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Tell me what inspired you to write your two books? I wrote Six Stories as an experiment more than anything. I had been listening to the Serial podcast at the height of its popularity and wondered if a book written in this format would work. I had no idea if it was any good and shelved it almost immediately. I am constantly surprised that people enjoy it! Hydra was different, […]

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Tell me what inspired you to write the Alfie bloom series? I have always adored castles and visit as many as I can. In 2006 some friends took me to Castle Coch in Wales. It looked like a fairytale castle and I wondered what it would be like to inherit a place like that. I remember staring at the carvings of The Fates above one of the fireplaces and imagined […]

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Tell me what inspired you to write for children? I wasn’t really “inspired to write for children”. What happened was that I had an idea for a story (Time Travelling With A Hamster) that was suitable for children, and I wrote it thereby becoming a “children’s author”. How hard was it to get your first book published? I feel a bit bad saying this, but not hard at all. I […]

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Which came first, adult or children’s books for you as a writer? The first novel I ever finished was a story for younger readers. It was terrible, and I shoved it in a bottom drawer hoping it would mature, but I take it out from time to time, and it’s still terrible. Writing takes a lot of practice and it just so happens that the first of my novels that […]

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Tell me what inspired you to write The Boy Made of Snow? I was always going to write a novel because that had been my dream since I was a little girl. And when I was an adult I kept telling myself, “One day, when I have time…” Then I realised: No one ever has time to write a novel! You have to make the time or it won’t happen. […]

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Killing State. Click HERE for info sheet. JUDITH O’REILLY Epub: November 6th 2017 Paperback pub: March 15th 2018 www.judithoreilly.com @judithoreilly Where do you find inspiration for your books? People around me. Life. News. I absolutely love that moment when you think “Ah, Yes I could write about that.” Do you try and read the online reviews you get on say Waterstones website? Sometimes with my eyes shut. I hate the on-line […]

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