Saturday 18 August 2018, 12.15 - 13.15: Freedom to Read, Freedom to Write. This panel, held at the Spark Theatre on George Street at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, will be in conjunction with Lari Don and Candy Gourlay and is chaired by the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. We'll talk about everything from taking inspiration from myths and legends, introducing history through compelling characters, to opening minds to fantastical lands and speculative fiction. Tickets are £5.00 and are on sale from 8:30am on Tuesday 26 June 2018. More information here!
On Wednesday 9 May 2018 I'll be speaking at the Innerpeffray Library as part of their 2018 lecture series. The Library was featured in fictional form in my 2017 novel The Pearl Thief, which turned out to be the beginning of a beautiful friendship with Lara Haggerty, the Keeper of Books, and the Friends of the Innerpeffray Library. Come along if you're in the Crieff area - light snacks are served at 7.00 p.m. and the talk is at 7.30 p.m.
If you're planning to come, please register on the Innerpeffray Friends website so they get some idea of numbers.
Code Name Verity has been chosen as the Portage CommuniTEEN Read, in collaboration between Portage, Michigan's two high schools, the Portage District Library, and Bookbug Bookstore - which means I'm going to Portage, Michigan, to talk about the book with all the readers there! In addition to school events, there's an evening event open to the public at the Air Zoo Aerospace and Science Museum at Battle Creek/Kalamazoo Airport, where many years ago my husband and I flew in to Kalamazoo in a small plane from Harrisburg, PA. Kalamazoo ringers - I hope I get to see some of you during my stay!
I'm excited to announce the publication of my most recent novel, Cobalt Squadron, which is set in the Star Wars universe and features new characters from The Last Jedi! The book came out on the same day as the film. It was a pleasure to write, as it's all about bomber pilots - I drew on some of the research I've been doing on the Soviet women pilots of World War II to help with the background.
The book is available in the US in hardback, as an e-book and as an audio book, read by Kelly Marie Tran herself - she is the woman who plays Rose Tico in The Last Jedi, and the main character of Cobalt Squadron. In the UK, Cobalt Squadron is available in paperback.
It was a real thrill to be involved with the Star Wars universe and to work with Lucasfilm, and I'm pleased that I've finally written some real science fiction.
Saturday 9 September 2017, 2.00 p.m.: Again, as part of Perth & Kinross's Doors Open Day festival, I'll be reading and signing at the Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre. Come along to find out more about the River Tay and its pearls as inspiration! Details are here and you can sign up to reserve a free ticket to the event here on EventBrite.
Wednesday 4 October 2017, 6.00 p.m.: I'm going to be the guest author for the Kirkcaldy Galleries monthly teen reading group. The event is sponsored by Waterstones Kirkaldy, and new members to the group are very welcome. We'll be talking about The Pearl Thief. The group is meeting at Kirkcaldy Galleries, War Memorial Gardens, Abbotshall Road, Kirkaldy KY1 1YG. Details are here.
Saturday 7 October 2017, 11 a.m.: I'm joining an author panel at the New York City Comic Convention at the Javits Center where we'll be talking about the 40th anniversary Star Wars anthology From a Certain Point of View. You don't need a general ComicCon ticket to get in - details and tickets available here.
Friday 13 October 2017, 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.: I'll be signing at TG Books, 2107 Industrial Highway, York PA.