By eairving, Mar 6 2017 03:32PM

Now that the dust (jacket) has settled and I've had plenty of rest over the weekend, I thought I'd write up my World Book Day experiences. I had a fantastic time visiting St Paul's with St Michael's Primary school on 27th February, Mossbourne Parkside Academy on 28th February and for World Book Day itself, Bessemer Grange Primary School! I must say - I received such a warm welcome from all three schools. (Special thanks to the kitchen staff of St Paul's... for providing me with warm cookies for my journey home.) And all three days went brilliantly. What a talented and enthusiastic bunch of little writers! We had a fab time creating interesting characters, giving them one wish and thinking about who or what is going to stop them from achieving their goal. My favourite interesting characters were a fish who, everytime he eats fish food, flies; a Ninja baby and a burping toilet called Dave.

Here are a couple of photos of me in my World Book Day photo - Mary Poppins!!

Until next time,

Ellie x

By eairving, Mar 26 2016 08:27AM

On Tuesday 22nd March 2016, I was lucky enough to attend the Stockton Children's Book of the Year award, as The Mute Button had been shortlisted for it. I spent the day visiting three schools, talking to the pupils about how I became a writer (step forward Jessica Fletcher), where my ideas come from and what the inspiration for The Mute Button was. I must say, all of the pupils that I met were incredibly engaged and enthusiastic, asking fantastic questions and sharing their love of reading. It was so lovely to see the enthusiasm by teachers and librarians alike, who have worked so hard in organising the award and promoting the books and authors shortlisted.

My fellow authors (Emma Carroll, Bea Davenport, Tom Moorhouse and Gabrielle Kent) and I each spoke at the ceremony about how impressed we were with Stockton and the pupils that we met and then nervously awaited to hear the results of who had won.

Drumroll, please.....

I am thrilled to announce that The Mute Button was chosen as The Book of the Year! It was an absolute shock, given the calibre of books on the shortlist. But an incredibly special award to receive, as it was voted for by the pupils themselves.

You can find out more about it from the article below. But suffice to say, I had a thoroughly lovely day, and came home with happy memories and a shiny plaque with my name engraved on it.

And you can't really get much better than that.

*I had a jacket potato. No chickens were involved.

By eairving, May 28 2014 07:49PM

Continuing with the Author tour in the run-up to so many fantastic MG & YA books being published on Thursday 5th June, I was paired with Jenny from Wondrous Reads, who asked me a series of questions about my writing process for THE MUTE BUTTON. And here it is:

Now for birthday cake! And wine. Lots of wine.

By eairving, May 28 2014 07:44PM

Because so many fantastic authors have books published on the same day, the fabulous blogger Jim, of website YAYeahYeah, has created the 'Countdown to 5th June' initiative. It's a series of interviews and guest blog posts with the authors in the run up to next Thursday, when so many wonderful books will be released into the world - THE MUTE BUTTON included!

On Thursday 22nd May, I was paired up with Jessica of Nayuleska's blog, where I wrote a guest post about the research process I undertook during the writing of THE MUTE BUTTON. Here's a spoiler - it involved eating a lot of cheese.

The full interview can be found here:

By eairving, Apr 22 2014 11:00AM

As you can probably see, I've not posted on this blog for ages. In my defence, I've been busy, running a marathon and watching TV, which was highly important in the name of research, you understand. But then writer Matthew Harffy, author of action-packed historical fiction books ( invited me to join The Blogging Tour, which was as good an excuse as any to get back to blogging on my website. So, here goes:


I've just handed in a draft of my next book, 'FLEECED', to my publishers and am thinking about all that needs to be rewritten for it. It's the story of a valuable sheep to be sold at auction for a lot of money, and all the people that try to steal it for their own gains. It's basically a farce, but (hopefully) with heart, too. Aside from that, I'm currently mulling over an idea that I have for my next book, but that's very early stages.


My books, for 9-12 year olds, are funny, quirky stories but with a moral and emotional warmth at their centre. They're of ordinary kids who find themselves doing extraordinary things - and normally recruiting others along the way to help them - in order to achieve their goal; whether that's saving their village from destruction, or trying to get their Dad sent home from the war safe and sound. I think my humour's pretty unique, too, but the jury's still out on whether that's a good thing!


The short answer: because I'm incredibly lucky. I've wanted to be a writer ever since I was 7 years old, and first watched 'Murder, She Wrote.' I thought that Jessica Fletcher had a pretty sweet life. So I convinced my parents to buy me a Petite Super International Typewriter for Christmas, and I would sit and type stories out, humming the theme tune. (Annoyingly, number of crimes I've solved is still zero.) But I carried on writing throughout school and uni, and then decided to try and be a professional writer once and for all in my mid-twenties. I'm incredibly fortunate that this is now my job! How amazeballs is that? I write because I've got lots of stories I want to tell, that no-one else can, and I write because somehow, people keep paying me to.


Every single book that I've written has been sparked by an article I've seen in the newspaper. So, I'm normally to be found scouring papers for stories. Once I've hit on an idea I'd like to pursue, the most important thing for me is to create a protagonist to best serve that story. In 'FOR THE RECORD', I'd seen an article in the paper about a village in Spain that had broken the world record for 'Largest Salad Tossed.' And I thought, 'why? Why bother?' What a lot of effort to go to for a record. But then I thought, well, what if the village had to break the record? What if there was something resting on whether they could or not? And whatould that be? The character of Luke, a 10 year old boy obsessed with world records, grew from there. It would be Luke's idea to get the village to break world records to try to save their homes from destruction. In terms of the actual process, I normally write everything down by hand in a trusty notepad; then when I've worked out the basic plot, I'll type myself up a 5/6page outline, which I'll break down into chapters, and then start typing my first draft. This will take me roughly six weeks to write a very basic first draft, and then the rewriting process happens. Oh, the joys of rewriting...

And that's it! Hopefully this has been an enlightening insight into the mind of a children's author. I've had two books published to date, 'FOR THE RECORD' and 'BILLIE TEMPLAR'S WAR', with my third,'THE MUTE BUTTON,' being published on the 5th June. You can find out more about them here, on my website, or on Amazon. Or follow me on twitter: @Ellie_Irving

The Blogging Tour continues next week, with three lovely writers:

JAY ELLIS: I live in the UK. I'm engaged, have 3 amazing kids, and spend practically my entire time writing, thinking about writing, or networking on the internet with other authors/ readers. At present, I'm working on many new books. We have the Amelia Maylock series(Kids/ teen fantasy), the brand new Holly Silverstone books(Kids/ teen gothic fantasy), The Danny Monroe books(illustrated teen horror), dystopian YA with the follow up to 'The Long Journey to Sincerity.' I'm also beginning a new supernatural/ fantasy story that has already involved me growing a beard, wearing a wig and a few new hats. (

KIM CURRAN: Dublin-born Kim Curran studied Philosophy & Literature at university with the plan of being paid big bucks to think deep thoughts. While that never quite worked out, she did land a job as a junior copywriter with an ad agency a week after graduating. She’s worked in advertising ever since, specialising in writing for video games. She is also the author of science fiction books for young adults. You can find her on her website and on Twitter as@kimecurran.

KATIE INNES: Katie has a fantastic blog, which can be found here:

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