On Friday 5th March 2010 I visited three classes of Literacy students at Wayland Community High School in Watton, Norfolk.
I talked about how writing can open doors to opportunities that otherwise remain closed (highlighting my Blue Peter badge once more!). I showed them my name in Doctor Who Weekly and related how it felt at age 10 to see my name in print.
I then explained how I came to have Anne Droyd and Century Lodge published in 2002 by CK Publishing, my journey to Jessica Kingsley Publishers in 2004, and self-publishing Anne Droyd and the House of Shadows in 2008.
I finished each session with a reading from chapter seven of my upcoming novel The Blueprint.
All three teachers showed great interest; one asked if she could create a story writing competition and forward the entries for me to judge.
Some of the students were keen to get a look at the copies of my books bought by the school. One boy in particular kept asking the librarian if Shadows was ready to loan.
I look forward to returning to Wayland when The Blueprint has been published.