Thanks for inviting me to take part in your Winter Warmers event. I always try to read as many debut authors as I can. It’s exciting to discover a new talent that I can enjoy for years to come. I couldn’t single out just one author this year so I’m providing a veritable stocking full of good books for your readers.
The first four authors on my list were all discovered through a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) initiative called Undiscovered Voices. It’s a bi-annual anthology of novel extracts from 12 unagented and unpublished SCBWI members.
From the first three anthologies, 20 of the 36 selected authors have had novels contracted for publication and most have signed with agents. An extract from my debut novel Dark Parties appeared in the first anthology in 2008. It’s how I got my agent and ultimately my book deals. I am also co-creator and co-editor of Undiscovered Voices. I’m proud to have – in some small way – helped authors like Dave, Jane, Claire and Katie achieve their dreams of publication.
I read extracts from the following novels when they were submitted to Undiscovered Voices. They hooked me from the very beginning and I couldn’t wait to read the book. From the very first reading, I knew these stories would find agents and publishers – and readers!
Fifteen Days Without a Head by Dave Cousins – A story about a teen boy’s struggle to keep his family together. Dave manages to create a thought-provoking book that’s a comedy and a page-turner.
Someone Else’s Life by Katie Dale – This twisty-turny tale follows Rosie as she struggles to discover the truth about who she is and if she has inherited the disease that killed her mum.
At Yellow Lake by Jane McLoughlin – Three distinct voices share their side of what happens when their lives come crashing together on the banks of Yellow Lake.
Cordelia Codd: Not Just the Blues by Claire O’Brien – Follow the delightfully funny Cordelia as she recounts the most disastrous year of her life.
Oliver Twisted by JD Sharpe – The title of the book says it all really. Oliver Twist with zombies! Nuf said.
The Demon’s Watch by Conrad Mason – Trolls, elves, fairies, witches, dwarves, ogres, and imps! Joseph Gruff is half goblin, half human and must save the world Mason has created.
We would like to say a massive thank you to Sara for such an amazing post for our Winter Warmers Event. We are truly grateful!!
Follow the links below to learn more about the mentioned authors.