19 Apr 2012

Book Review & Author Interview - Ellie Boswell

The Witch of Turlingham Academy by Ellie Boswell

The Witch of Turlingham Academy

Author Interview:-

I am very lucky to have the author of this book visiting me here today, I hand you over to the talented Ellie Boswell.


1. What are your main forms of inspiration?
I get inspired to write by all kinds of things – news stories, episodes from history, other novels and poems, anything that makes me wonder ‘What if?’. But I don’t just sit around waiting for inspiration to strike, I have an exercise that involves putting together random objects or photos and trying to think what might connect 
them. That always results in an idea. 

2. What was the hardest scene to write?
I don’t think that one really stands out as the hardest. Perhaps the early scenes, because I’m trying to get into the characters then. 

3. Do you edit your first draft as you go along, or do you wait until it is completed?
A bit of both. I do re-read and make notes and polish bits up, but I like to get a first full draft and then put it away for a few weeks at least before going back to it. 

4. Do you write in silence or do you listen to music?
I don’t listen to music. I like being surrounded by a comfortable noise that I don’t have to pay attention to, such as the chatter in a cafĂ©. 

5. What is your favourite supernatural creature and why?
That’s a difficult question! I have a lot of sympathy for the amphisbaena. Poor thing, it doesn’t know if it’s coming or going.

6. Who are you favourite authors?
I very much admire M.T. Anderson. I also love Alan Garner’s books - The Owl Service in particular.

7. What was your favourite book as a child?
I had lots of favourite books, I can’t pick one out! But I did keep going back to the Narnia books. Also Tintin, and the Willard Price adventures.

8. What are you currently working on?
I’m working on a project for a publisher, a young adult historical romance. I’m also working on my own novel, a creepy ghost story for middle grade readers with lots of twists and turns.

9. What advice would you give to aspiring and unpublished authors? 
Persevere! Don’t be discouraged by rejection, but do learn from every rejection you receive. Getting published can be a long, hard journey, but if you don’t give up and you are really committed to making your writing as publishable as it can be, you are almost certain to succeed eventually.

Thank you Ellie for answering my questions and for giving such insightful answers. I do love your choice of Supernatural creature.

Book Review:- 

Description:- It's not easy being the only day girl at Turlingham Academy: Sophie misses out on all the midnight feasts and late night gossip. And when new girl Katy turns up it feels like she's bewitching all of Sophie's friends! Katy's no witch, but there is a witch at Turlingham. Katy comes from a long line of witch hunters whose job is to stop evil magic. Sophie is going to help her - anything to get Katy out of her life and get things back to normal. But what she discovers means nothing will ever be normal again!

Review:- I loved The Worst Witch books and tv show as a child, so reading The Witch of Turlingham Academy brought back some similar and fond memories of the show. Although a different story line I feel it was similar in many ways and any young girl will relate and love this book. 

This book is about a girl called Sophie, she's 13, she is confident, popular and stylish. She is a great and fun and I for one loved her. She goes to a boarding school called Turlingham Academy and she has only recently found out she is a witch. The new girl at the school who is called Katy, and she's a witch hunter. There is lots of adventure happening in there, that will keep you reading and wanting to find out if Sophie is going to be ok. 

I love Ellie's writing excellent, fits in well for the tween market and even as an adult reading it, it hits the spot. It's funny and well written. This book is a light and easy read, one which will keep you interested and wanting to find out more. 

This new and exciting series by Atom is aimed at the age range of 8-12, which I think this book fits in perfectly to. Once of the best things about this series is we don't have to wait long for the next instalment, the next book is out in the next three months or so. I for one cannot wait to read what happens next. 

Disclaimer:- I was sent this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Atom.

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