Author Archives: catherine johnson

Excuse me….

People think we have final say on our covers, this is not always true, especially if, like me you’re a mid list author. I’ve been lucky and had some nice ones, Sawbones especially, and although I can’t share it yet, the new Caraboo novel out in July.

But when a tiny publisher wanted to reprint an educational title I wrote some years ago I said yes. They published it without running the cover past me. I complained. Nothing happened.

imgres I like this story. It’s set in the park in Hackney where I used to live. The protagonist, Devon, is involved in stealing off younger kids. He meets an amazing girl, falls in love, sees the error of his ways, but is it too late…..This was the cover (right)

This is the reprint (left).516Y0kBWj-L._UY250_-1  AAAAGH!

That is all

Love Hurts

  This doorstep of emotion is in the shops now. It has some fantastic original stories from Susie Day, James Dawson, Laura Dockrill as well as Malorie Blackman herself as well as extracts from writers including Patrick Ness, Gayle Forman, Bali Rai, Jenny Downham, Philip Pullman and David Levithan. My story -The Liar’s Girl is… Continue reading

Why I Shouldn’t Have a Blog

It is OCTOBER! And only just OCTOBER. What am I thinking! You know what I should have blogged about by now? Hoo Kids Book Fest Not winning Rotherham Book Award but getting to see Julian Sedgewick juggle with knives. Winning The Young Quills prize for best historical fiction in the 12+ category! Going to YALC… Continue reading

How, Why & What & Telling the Future with Deer

I was tagged in this by the very wonderful Helen Grant. Like a bit of Euro horror? She’s your woman – in fact Silent Saturday is out now and on my to read pile . In the meantime if you want to know how to divine the future using deer, read on. But the fact… Continue reading

WORLD BOOK DAY!!! Malorie Blackman and Clapton Girls’ Academy

Excuse the excitement, but a week or so ago this happened; www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-26465318 Watch right to the end. I need to say a big thanks to Malorie Blackman and also to the Year 8s of Clapton Girls Academy, Hackney and the Sarah Bonnell School Stratford where I visited last week. Clapton were part of the very… Continue reading

Nothing is ever wasted

Almost ten years ago I co-wrote a feature film with Saul Dibb, Bullet Boy. I was nervous about writing for film because having been a film student and having had one (very small) toe in the water I know how much of a lottery it can be. A film can have an excellent script and… Continue reading