First of all, I want to wish a very Happy Christmas to all my readers… enjoy every minute. Christmas is a magical time, so make sure you spread some happiness… and take time out to be with family and friends.
My Christmas is not shaping up too well this year. A few days ago, my lovely dad died unexpectedly. He had a stroke, a little like Jude’s gran in Sundae Girl, and just didn’t get through it. I’m hurting so much right now, and missing him terribly.
Readers often ask who inspired me to write, or who was my hero, and the answer to those questions has always been my dad. He shared my love of art and writing and gave me enthusiasm, determination and love of life. He showed me how to dream big and how to do my very best to make the dreams happen, and he always, always believed in me, even when others did not.
Things are still very raw for me and it might be a while before I am able to reply to my emails, so please be patient. I know you will understand, because you’re the best, most loyal readers ever. There’s one thing I would love you to do for me this Christmas… if you are lucky enough to have a family, go and hug them right now and tell them you love them. After all, that’s what Christmas is all about.
hi cathy i did exacally what you asked me to do i went and hugged all my family i feel for you emily
OMG!!!! Cathy I'm soooo sorry!!!!!
I LUV YOU!
AAAAWWWWW........ I'm sorry Cathy!! That must be so hard on you!! I hope your Christmas is very happy anyway!! =)
- emily says…
SCARLETT'S A WINNER!
SCARLETT has been voted winner (older readers section) of the Royal Mail Scottish Children’s Book Award... woo!!!! I was so surprised at the fabby awards ceremony in Glasgow I didn’t know what to say – but THANK YOU to everyone who took part and voted for me!!!!
It’s a real honour to receive an award like this, especially one that is voted for by kids – it makes all the hard work worthwhile. Cool to see such great reviews from boys as well as girls, too! Special thanks to the group of kids who acted out an extract from Scarlett for the audience – you were all amazing!!!!
More exciting news… SUNDAE GIRL has been shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards! This is special to me too, as I grew up in Coventry and SUNDAE GIRL is set there. Voting for this award is open to kids everywhere, so if you’d like to get involved and cast a vote, just go to www.myvotescoventry.org and click on the READ IT OR ELSE section, which is where you’ll find SUNDAE GIRL. If you do decide to vote – thank you in advance!!!!
Last but not least, I have finally finished the first draft of my next book Ginger Snaps and will be working on the finishing touches over the next few weeks… phew!!!!! Watch out for Ginger Snaps in July 2008.
Thats great im am so gonna vote for Sunde Girl
Well done I'm soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo proud of you
WOW! Thats soo fab! very cool - well done! Hannahx
- Caitlin says…
WRITING COMP NEWS....
The winners of the Song Title Writing Comp are online now… check them out, and take a look at our brand new writing comp to create a cool character…. go to the YOU section and click WRITER’S WORKSHOP for more info! Well done to EVERYONE who entered, I wish all of you could be winners!
As for me, I am working hard to finish off my 7th book Ginger Snaps… almost there! My Editor says I’m ‘grounded’ until it’s all done, oops!!!! I still have a yukky cold after all that touring around, too.
One thing that cheered me up was seeing the entries for the My Best Friend Rocks South Africa comp – you can see the finalists online at the MBFR link now. It’s great to see that readers all around the world are loving the books – and the comps!
So, don’t let the dark nights and cold weather get you down… check out the WRITER’S WORKSHOP page and start daydreaming!!!
Cathy Cassidy x
Kirsty Reaich says…
You shouldn't be talking to us then! You should be finishing your book so we can see it as quick as possible! :) Just Kidding!
I can't wait for gingersnaps by the way i'm doing your new comp
Jo G says…
Hiya! I have a cold too :( well done the winners of the writing comp :)
- Kirsty Reaich says…
I’m home again for a while after weeks of touring about… time to get on and finish Gingersnaps! I’m REALLY excited that my book Sundae Girl has been picked as a Richard & Judy Recommended Read…. wow! I’ll be doing a special event in DUDLEY, W. Midlands, with other shortlisted authors, on 30th October, so I’ll maybe see some of you there! Check the Cathy’s Camper page for more details.
I had a brilliant time in London, Bath and Ireland…. thanks to all the fab kids who came to my events in Meath, Louth and Monaghan, especially those who sneaked out of school specially to see me! Thanks too to their teachers, for being so understanding – meeting an author is educational, after all! I have some fab memories of Ireland and a whole bunch of inspiration, too!
Watch out for the results of the Song Titles Story Comp coming very soon. I’ve started judging, but there’s an avalanche of fab entries to get through… and it’s hard to pick out just a few winners! Meanwhile I’m getting on with my new book, Gingersnaps… promise!
i cant wait until its judged!!!! i hoped u liked my entry!!
abigail wong says…
I seriously cant wait till you come to Chorley! is going to be fab! Have you got a new email address?
lots of love
Lucy Smith says…
I was supposed to go to see you in Monaghan, but something at school came up and I couldn't miss it! I am so annoyed!
- hannah says…
HOME... AND AWAY!!!!
Thanks to everyone who came along to the Twinkling Friendship Fest at Greenwich, the lovely winners of the VIP London Comp and all the cool kids I met at the Bath Children’s Literature Festival! A special thanks to everyone from Combe Down Primary, Kingswood Prep, King Edmund School, Backwell, Churchill Community School, High Littleton, St Mary’s, Hayesfield and Colston Girls School! I had a fab time meeting you all… and I hope you enjoyed it, too!
Special thanks to everyone who made me a friendship bracelet or bookmark, for the fudge at Greenwich, the girls who made the fabby posters at Backwell, and Becky for the amazing fairy cakes!
I’m back home again briefly, with school visits and a Friendship Fest at Wigtown Book Festival on Saturday 6th at 12.30… see my Camper page for more info. Then I’m off to Rome for a few days before my mini-tour in Ireland! I’m mega-busy so I may be a BIT late judging the Song Titles Writing comp… be patient!
I’m busy trying to finish Gingersnaps, too… no rest for the wicked!
Thanks, all of you, for being the best readers ever.
Cathy Cassidy xxxx
:] Thank you for being the best author!
Thank you AGAIN for comming to bath, and signing all my book :)
IT WAS GREAT TO SEE YOU AT THE MISSION THEATRE IN BATH ON SATURDAY,AS I TOLD YOU WE CAME FROM WALES TO SEE YOU.AND I BROUGHT ALL OF MY BOOKS THAT YOU KINDLY SIGNED EVEN THOUGH I WAS AT THE BACK OF A VERY LONG QUEUE.HOPE YOU LIKED THE BRACELET,AND THANKYOU FOR BEING SUCH A SUPER STAR.GLAD YOU ARE HOME LOVE FROM JAZZ.
Hi Cathy. I can't wait till you finish gingersnaps.I hope it's going fine. Sadly I couldn't enter the competition but I'll try and enter the next one.
- Beth says…
ON THE ROAD AGAIN....
I’m away from home just now on tour, and things have started well! Thanks to everyone who came along to the Twinkling Friendship Festival at the Peter Harrison Planetarium at the Greenwich Observatory… you were fab! It was great to meet you all and I hope you had fun – I did!
Later on, I met the super-starry winners of the VIP London comp along with their friends and parents… after a stretch limo tour of London, the winners joined me for dinner and a star-show at the planetarium, along with book signing and lots of chat! Well done to all of the winners… each and every one of you are stars!
The next stage of my tour will take me to schools in and around the Bath and Bristol area… I can’t wait! If you’re down that way, check out my events at the Bath Festival of Children’s Literature – see Cathy’s Camper page for more details!
Keep your questions, comments and emails coming… I’ll respond to you all once I get home again!
Cathy Cassidy x
Hi Cathy it's me Caroline, the annoying one from the friendship festival (who's freind gave you fudge!!!). I can't upload those photos yet but on the brightside your tips on storywriting helped a load!!!! My friend, Chloe, jumped up with exitment when i asked her about the signed LOVE PEACE AND CHOCOLATE !!!!!! Thankyou soooo much!!!
I'm going to you're Bath Festival, :)
Will I get to meet you and get my books signed? I hope so!!
See you SOON!
Jodie G says…
Hi Cathy! I was one of the winners of the VIP comp and it was sooo cool! The limo's were fab and the lift at puffin house was soo... pink! (and sparkly!) I loved your campervan, and everything! Thankyou sooo much!
- Perdie says…
TWINKLING FRIENDSHIP FESTIVAL!!!
I just wanted to remind you about the Twinkling Friendship Festival on Saturday 22nd September in London… it’s free, it’s fun and it’s a perfect way to get your copy of Lucky Star signed… and have a chat with me! Be there!!!
The event is at the Peter Harrison Planetarium at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. The nearest tube is DLR Station Cutty Sark for Greenwich Maritime. I’ll be around all day with my cool camper van and there’ll be lots of fun things to do… all for free! (If you want to see a planetarium show while you’re there, there is a fee for that… tickets can be purchased on the day). Come along with a friend or bring your family and maybe make a new mate on the day… and bring your books to be signed! There will even be copies of my brand new book Lucky Star on sale in the shop.
It’ll be a perfect starry day out… I can’t wait to meet you there!
wow cathy sounds AMAZING! *-
I live in the USA and i can't go, and im disapointed. :( I wish i could get my book signed! o well . . . . i wish i could meet you some day!
Hey! I live in devon, sidmouth, and can't come, would LOVE to meet u though cause ur fab!!!
- Hannah says…
EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW....
Reader Naomi Smith met and interviewed me at the recent Edinburgh Book Festival… find out what we talked about and ask some nosy questions of your own!
Naomi: You’re a really big author now, but if your books had never been published, what would you be doing?
Cathy: Teaching art, writing short stories, being an agony aunt and bringing up my kids in the Scottish countryside. I’d be dreaming of making it as a children’s author, though!
Naomi: Who is your fave character from the books and why?
Cathy: Mouse, definitely. I loved him in Dizzy, so lost and alone, and was determined to give him a happy ending in Lucky Star. I loved writing about Mouse and his talent for trouble… the world needs more boys like Mouse!
Naomi: What has been your worst job ever?
Cathy: Shredding up roast chickens in a BHS cafe to make chicken sandwiches when I was a teenager. I was a veggie – not good. I was also a spectacularly bad waitress….
Naomi: If you had a magical power, what would it be and why?
Cathy: I’d like to grant wishes… or maybe fly!
Naomi: What was your most embarrassing moment?
Cathy: Getting my swishy skirt trapped in the toilet door on the flight to Sri Lanka this spring. I was stuck, blocking the aisle, and the stewardesses couldn’t get the trolley past me… the whole plane was smirking. When the door opened again and I was released, there was a round of applause, but by then I was too embarrassed to go to the loo anyway!
Naomi: You’ve said you are quite a shy person, how do you overcome that to talk in front of loads at people, like at the Edinburgh Book Festival?
Cathy: I am shy, and I get REALLY nervous, but I’ve learnt that I can survive – and often people don’t even notice that I’m nervous! Shyness is a pain, but never, ever let it beat you… go for it!
Naomi: What’s the best thing about being an author?
Cathy: It’s a dream come true for me, and I get a real buzz from seeing my books in a shop, but the best thing ever is getting feedback from my readers and knowing that they love the stories as much as I love writing them.
OK, your turn now… if you’ve got a question for me, post it below… I’ll answer the best online!
molly kan says…
hey, im molly i love your books my favourite is sundae girl.
can you tell me what interested you to write this book?
p.s how do i get to meat you?
Cathy Cassidy says…
I wanted to write about a mixed up family, and also about what it's like to live with someone who has a drink problem... it's an issue I feel quite strongly about. Lots of things from my own childhood, liking coping with the death of a grandparent, found their way into the story, too. To find out if I'm visiting a town near you, check out the Cathy's Camper page of my website and come along and say hi!!!!
I was just wondering,
How did you get the idea of writing Scarlett?I mean she seems really troubled,and you make it all sound so real,was it your childhood or something?
- molly kan says…
My new book, Lucky Star, is out NOW in the UK & Ireland… what are you waiting for? Lucky Star is my fave book so far because Mouse is my fave character – and Mouse at the age of 14 is a whole lot of trouble, trust me! Get reading and let me know what you think!
I’m launching a FAB new comp to celebrate the new book, too – check out the VIP LONDON COMP and get inspired! You, a friend and parent/guardian could win a fantastic VIP tour of London, then join me at Greenwhich Observatory for a TWINKLING FRIENDSHIP FESTIVAL, followed by dinner and a planetarium show… wow!!!
If you weren’t a winner in the recent My Best Friend Rocks comp, here’s your chance to be lucky this time – go for it!!!!
Don’t forget to send me your feedback on Lucky Star!
Emily x says…
i am getting your new book Lucky Star today i sooooooooo can't wait !!!!!
Hi Cathy can't wait to buy your new book - Lucky Star - think i will read it on my holiday!!
Natalie Campbell says…
I got your book lucky star and have got to chapter 5.I realy Like the book,my fave characters are cat and the pirate dog!Would love you to write a sequal to all your other books as i enjoy them all.
- Emily x says…
Lucky Star Launch...
Just days to go till my new book Lucky Star is published in the UK… yay!!!! It’s in the shops on August 2nd, so reserve your copy now… don’t miss out! If you live in or near London, bring your copy along to the Lucky Star Friendship Festival 1-6pm at the Innocent Village Fete in Regents Park, London, on either Saturday 4th or Sunday 5th August – you can meet me, get your book signed and join in with the fab activities around my camper van! Click here for more info.
Saturday August 4th is also the day of the Award Ceremony for the My Best Friend Rocks comp – the lucky finalists are:
Holly & Helen
Hannah & louise
Rebecca & Emma
Jenny & Lucy
Ella & Bethan
Chloe & Hannah Kate...
Well done, all of you!!! Can’t wait to meet the fab finalists – and all of my cool readers who are coming to the Friendship Festival! Don’t forget to buy your copy of Lucky Star BEFORE you come, as we won’t be selling books from the van.
Make sure you track down Lucky Star... and let me know what you think of it! It’s my favourite book of all so far, so I really hope you like it, too. Hope to meet lots of you at the Friendship Fest at the Innocent Village Fete on Sat 4th or Sun 5th… see you there!
i cant come but woo anyway!
Oh my gosh!I am so getting Lucky Star
once it comes out.My birthday is coming up soon so I will get it then!
abigail wong says…
I would love to come to the inocent smothie fest. and meet you again!
Me and my family are going to london as part of our holiday on the exact week your in london! lucky or what!
lots of love
- Anaa says…