Blue Peter live webchat & your chance to win free tickets!
Blue Peter live webchat
I am filming with Blue Peter on Wednesday 18th April and will be holding a live webchat at 5.30pm. You can start posting your questions to me now by visiting the Blue Peter message boards or log on at 5.30pm on Wednesday 18th April and chat to me LIVE!
Win free tickets!
Puffin are giving some lucky readers the chance to meet Cathy at a very special fundraising event for the Rainbow Trust Charity this Thursday 19th April. Cathy will be doing an event in Central London with fellow authors Malorie Blackman and Kevin Brooks, and signing copies of Sundae Girl, as well as all her other titles afterwards. The first five people to email firstname.lastname@example.org will receive a pair of tickets to the event.
The event takes place from 6.30 – 8.30 pm at The Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore, (Entrance Exhibition Road), SW7 2AR. Instructions for arrival will be emailed. If winners are under 14 they will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Entrants are required to give their age, phone number and email address. If under 16 the winner will also need permission from a parent or Guardian to attend the event. Competition closes at 6pm on Wednesday 18th April. Travel to and from the event will be entirely the responsibility of the winner.
i think it is soooooooooooooooooo gooooooooooood i luv blue
hi i LOVE your books! i hav them all! i'm a write daydreamer but my english teacher says it gives me my imagination. keep up the good work! kelly xxxxxx
You're so cool! I'm obbsessed with your books. Keep going! I think you should write a Scarlett Two. Oh my gosh, that'd be awesome.
You're the greatest!
- sizzle says…
What do you think?
I can’t wait to hear your views and feedback about Sundae Girl which is in the shops NOW!
I’m away from my desk right now, on holiday in gorgeous, amazing Sri Lanka! It’s just fab… very inspiring! I hope you’re all having a cool holiday too. Keep your questions, comments and feedback coming. Enjoy your Easter!
i think your websyte is the funkyiest authours websyte ever! You so rock all of my friends love you and my mum is so fasanated that I have had a interest in a authour for once!xox
Heeey! I love the new website; very groovy!
i havnt got sundae girl but im not aloud to get it until ive finished your book dizzy and i think its very good. Can you tell me wat book your thinking of writting next.
- Louise says…
Sundae Girl is in the shops!
I’ve been out and about lately – very busy! Hi to everyone I met at Elgin High School, Elgin Academy, Lossiemouth High, Speyside High, Forres Academy, Keith Grammar, Milne’s School, Westhill Academy, Tarland Primary, Kintore Primary, Kenmay Academy, Lode Heath School and finally Blythe Bridge Library! It was fab to meet you all!
Apologies to Katherine (USA), Sally, Rachael, Jess and Aimee – I tried to reply but your emails bounced back. Sorry!
Polly Wells says…
Hurry up and write more books plz! I got sundae girl yesturday and i've finished it today, it was fab!
Zoe Zebra, 11 says…
i already have sundae girl and i love it. i read it all in 1 day. Cathy Cassidy is a brill writer!
Amy 11 says…
I got it on Friday and finished it on Sunday I was hooked on it I couldn't take my eyes of it.It has such a great plot and thre is always twists when you least expect them it reflects on real-life so well its like a book with parts of thousands of snipets of peoples lifes all put into one great book this is Cathys best book yet and I reccomend it to anybody who likes to get engrossed in a book the three words I would use to sum up this book are: thrilling, fantastic and magical!
- Polly Wells says…
Welcome to my fab new website!
Wowâ€¦ hope you're liking the fab new-look website! I just can't wait for April 5th, when Sundae Girl will be in the shopsâ€¦ yay!!! Not long now. If you can't wait, you can always take a sneak peek at the first chapter by clicking here!
I've been really busy with school visits and events lately, so hi to all the cool kids I met at Aye Write in Glasgow, Borders at Glasgow Fort, Langholm Academy, Stranraer Academy, Loudoun Academy, St Josephs's, Doon Academy, Lochmaben, St Ninian's & St Andrewsâ€¦. phew!!!!
Next week I'm off up north for more school visits, and putting the very last finishing touches to my 6th book, Lucky Star. Things are kind of hectic!!! Better get back to workâ€¦
Cathy Cassidy xxx
(Apologies this time to Kez, Emma & Kayley - tried to reply to your emails, but the replies bounced back.)
I loved it at Doon academy!!I bought SCARLETT and it woz fab!!!I felt as tho i woz SCARLETT, and i nearly cried when KIAN didn't turn up!!!Your books touch the heart an it takes a lot to do that.Keep writing,your books are AMAZING!!!!!!
Hi Cathy! I went to your booksigning at Lode Heath school, and when you mentioned about starting a magazine, we all thought it was a fab idea! Now we've got together and started one! Thanks for the insperation!
from lizzie xxxxx
Your new website is fab! It's so bright and colourful! I love the stuff about how to host your own friendship festival, me and my friends are having one soon! Thanks for your fab ideas!
By the way, I can't wait until Sundae Girl comes out, I've got Indigo Blue, Dizzy, Scarlett and Driftwood and I've read them all at least 10 times!
- Hiz says…
Love, Peace & Chocolate
Want to get your hands on a free Cathy Cassidy mini-book?
All you have to do is reserve a copy of April 19th issue of Mizz magazine at your local newsagents! The April 19th issue of Mizz will have a copy of an exclusive new mini-book, Love, Peace & Chocolate, for free – plus news of a fantastic new competition!
So what is Love, Peace & Chocolate? It’s a story of friendship – and what can happen when a boy gets in the way. It’s got a rock-band theme, plus lashings of love, peace and chocolate, of course! What more could you want?
Copies of April 19th Mizz mag will be disappearing fast, so ask your newsagent to reserve you a copy – this book won’t be on sale in the shops, so don’t miss out!
So… where do the names come from when I’m writing a story? Well, often, they come from you! If I see or hear a cool name, I write in my notebook… and sometimes, it becomes a name in a story.
In Love, Peace & Chocolate, the two main characters are called Jess and Kady. I’ve met/emailed lots of Jess’s, so I knew that was a popular name, but Kady is very unusual, and I remembered exactly where it came from!
Here’s the real Kady’s story…
Kady, age 14
When I learnt that the author Cathy Cassidy would be at the Young Librarian Awards in Hartlepool a couple of years ago, I thought I would contact her. I emailed her she emailed me back.
When I got to the awards and went on stage to shake her hand, she remembered me! I went to get her autograph at the end – she was lovely and said she liked my name because it was unusual. She was interested in using it for a book, and I was very flattered! I never thought it would really happen, though!
The Two Ellies…
In Love, Peace & Chocolate, Jess loses her best friend Kady and has to rely on a new friend. The name of this new friend is Ellie Bennetts – and Ellie is a real girl, who won the prize of being a character in my book in a Children in Need competition run by reader Ellie Galloway. This is how it happened…
Ellie Galloway, Age 10
I first met Cathy at school, when she came to do a talk about being an author. Soon after, we were raising money for Children in Need. The theme that year was “Be Who You Want To Be” so I asked the teachers what they wanted to be when they were little, then asked the children to guess what the teachers wanted to be.
I decided to get Cathy involved because when she came in she seemed really interesting. She said if you really wanted to be something then never give up and follow your dreams, and this fitted in nicely with the theme of children in need. I asked if she would use the winners name in her new book – being a character in her story was going to be the prize.
Cathy said she would be glad to help. We started e-mailing each other and when Ellie Bennets won I sent Cathy her details so she could include Ellie in the book.
It surpised me to see how long the book took to be printed, but now I am really excited to be able to read it! I’m proud that Ellie’s name is in the book because of my competition!
I entered Ellie’s competition because it was fun.
When I won, I felt excited, amazed and pleased!
It feels really cool to be a character in Cathy Cassidy’s new book Love, Peace & Chocolate!! It will be fun to read a book about a character like me!
Here are photos of the 2 Ellies and Kady, click to see a bigger version!
I get Mizz magazine every two weeks, so I am really looking forward to reading Love, Peace and Chocolate it sounds like it's going to be a really great book!!!! You talked about finishing a book called Lucky Star are you going to publish it??? And if that answer is yes then do you know when???????? I just can't get enough of your books!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are a great writer and have inspired me plus lots of other children to write their own stories!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thankyou.
my names maisie
im 14 years old and i am writing my friend rocks at the moment hehe i wish i would win but i dont think its that good because im not ceative :( any way u will get 2 judge it i hope u like it !!!
bye 4 now
luv maisie from the Isle of Man
My friend at school has love, peace and chocolate and she let me read some. Its really good, is there any way i could get a copy of the book?
- Millie says…
Laura Jane sent an email asking…
“I would like to ask you what inspired you to write and publish books?”
Well….I guess just love daydreaming, and writing down the daydreams was the natural next step. I’m just very lucky that Puffin want to publish them, and kids like you are reading them!
i love to write my own home made books out of paper and a stapeler! did you ever write books when you were 9 like me?
- ashleigh says…
I can’t believe I have fans as far away as New Zealand, but Sinead wrote to asking me this…
“I was wondering if you could write a book based on an older character, 14 or 15, so that your older readers will be able to relate more. I think you are a fantastic author and have read all of your books except for Sundae Girl, which is not yet out in New Zealand. Your books are the perfect excuse to daydream!”
Well, good news Sinead! The book after Sundae Girl is called Lucky Star, and is all about Mouse from Dizzy when he is 14. So I think older readers will like it lots – and younger ones too! Lucky Star will be out in August!
"If you don't believe in wishes, can they still come true?"I wouldn't know,as i totally believe in them.Your book, SCARLETT, helped me over-come my fear of asking my secret crush(of 8 months!) if he would go with me. Iwoz reding SCARLETT in the school library when i caught him looking over my shoulder.He said he woz only trying to see wot kinda stuff i woz into.I had got to the part where KIAN kissed SCARLETT!!! He said i woz really enthralled in the story and,before i could stop myself,i blurted "well, its dead romantic int it?"I felt myself going bright red but he wozn't too bovvered. I looked at the floor and asked him then an there!!! He went red and said he'd wanted to ask me earlier but thought i'd say no!!! So thanks to you an your AMAZING writing, i am now gone way the sweetest boy in my year!!!!THANKS SO MUCH TO CATHY CASSIDY!!!!!
cathy, you have got to be the best author ever ive just read sundae girl and the gran was my favorite character and at the end when she died i cried my eyes out!!!!! keep writing cathy you rule!!!!
Milly Mackenzie says…
Lucky Star is smart! Sundae Girl was my fave, and i like it how u have carried on mouse in another story
i luv cat she is so cool!
- Heidi says…
How do I find the time?
Emily wrote to me asking…
“I’ve just been on your website & found out about sundae girl. it looks fun! I read shout all the time & love your answers to the problems. how on earth do you work for shout & write books at the same time?”
Emily, I’m pretty busy, but I’d like to go on doing the agony aunt pages for Shout – I like helping people, although I can’t answer personal problems here on the website! The books take up most of my time, though – I’m planning my 7th book now!
I really love your books. I especially like Dizzy and Scarlett as they are really vivid. I love the fact that most of your characters have really unusual names. I was disappointed when I finished your last book as there were no more left to read!
Hayley, Australia says…
I have recently read your book SCARLETT (twice, i looved it sooo much). What I admire about your books is the romance side of things. I think every girl wants to live in a cute cottage, have an adorable little sister, a mysterious boy after you, and have a real rockin induvidual style. Now, every time i go into a book store i always ask if there are any new books of yours out. I've placed an order for 3 of your books and am still waiting for SUNDAE GIRL to come out in Australia.Thanks for filling my afternoons with pleasure with your amazing books!
We had to bring a book to school for english and I took in indigo blue. I just wanted to say... if you stay up late and read a cathy cassidy book you will feel the magic!
- Melody says…
Tips on getting into writing
I got an email from Tilly asking…
“I love your books. I’ve read scarlett, indigo blue, dizzy and driftwood. I think i’ve read them about 15 times each! I write poems and stories for my younger cousins sometimes – could you give me any tips?”
It’s great that you’re getting into writing! Check out the tips on my writer’s workshop page – in the YOU section… and enter the fab competition! Follow your dreams…
Charley, 12 says…
I have just read Scarlett, i just wanted to say that it was the best book that i have read in my whole life. Your are my new role model, im going to go on a massive search to find your other books. The only problem with Scarlett is you can't put the book down!!! I would like to be an author when I grow up.
I love all your books and I adore this website.
Katherine B says…
hi, i absoloutly LOVE your books i have read them all about three times and i dont get bord my fav is indigo blue i think its such a bril story line but where do you get your ideas from and how to end it beacause i can start a story but not finish it?
- Charley, 12 says…
Is Dizzy based on a true experience?
Meeta wrote to ask me….
“I absolutely love dizzy, it is a great book. i just wanted to know how you came up with the character dizzy – is this a true experience?”
Well Meeta, it’s great that you’re loving Dizzy! Dizzy is not based on a true experience, Meeta, although I had lost of traveller friends and have always wanted to set a story in that world. The name came from a girl I met at a traveller wedding, Dizzy was a nickname for Denise, but it stuck in my mind and I knew I’d use it in a story one day!
I got Dizzy for my birthday from a friend. I didn't know if it would be good but when I started to read I got hooked. So did my mum! Dizzy is an amazing book with a great storyline - I would recommend it to anyone!!!!
I recently have finished reading Dizzy. Let's start off by saying how amazing that book really is. I laughed and cried. Please, please, please create a sequel! It was as if I were there, just sitting back and watching the whole adventure take place. The novel had its romantic parts too, which I thought was just the icing on the cake.
I love your books i only started reading them not long ago but they're great!I have a pet cat called Scarlett!
- Emily says…