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Joan Lennon for Lost in Childhood

by Louisa Klein

1) Why children’s books? Did you choose this genre or did it ‘choose’ you’?
probably because I really like to read children’s books for pleasure, so writing them followed as a matter of course. Somebody said once that no matter how dark a children’s book is, there must always be an element of hope, and perhaps that’s also part of the attraction (both for reading and writing).
2) Is there a children’s author, living or dead, who particularly inspired you?
Rosemary Sutcliff – I loved her books. (I still do, and they bear re-reading, which, let’s face it, not every book you loved as a child does!) I always knew I wanted to be a writer, and I dreamed about being as good a writer as her.
3) Please, tell us about your last book and, if you can, about your future projects.
The Case of the Cambridge Mummy is the third in the Victorian detective series, the Slightly Jones Mysteries. Slightly’s ambition is to be as good a detective as the great Mr Sherlock Holmes himself, and she has no intention of letting mad scientists, Egyptian curses, Scottish ghosts or any of the other dangers that are thrown at her to stop her doing just that! The next book in the series is called The Case of the Hidden City – set in Paris, it is full of sinister disappearances and the mysterious murky world under the city’s streets.
4) How was your writing journey? Was it difficult to find an agent and get published?
For many years I only had time to write short pieces – stories, poems, puppet plays – but when I hit 50 I decided it was time to really get stuck in. I was lucky to get an agent and though publishing has really been hit hard by the recession, I’m managing to keep a pretty steady number of titles coming out. I cannot imagine not working on a book every day – here’s hoping I never have to stop!
4) What’s your opinion about this E-book revolution? Would you consider the indie route?
I love my Kindle for travelling, which I do a fair amount of – so much easier than stuffing 2 or 3 books into a handbag. I recently e-published a collection of YA sci-fi stories that had been in paper or online magazines – well, when I say I did it, that’s a lie. I got one of my sons to do the technical stuff for me and another son to design the cover. Here’s the link if you’d like to have a look:  I think it looks great, but then, I would say that! But as far as paper books versus e-books, I’m a both/and person, not an either/or.
Having a website and blogging every week has just become part of my life. That doesn’t mean I didn’t completely panic at first, but I’ve had a lot of technical help at home and, well, it’s all words, and that’s what I do.
Info about the author: 
I live in the Kingdom of Fife, on the River Tay. The Kingdom is thought to be shaped like a dog’s head. If this is so, my flat is just on the tip of the ear, which explains a lot. I have a husband, four tall sons, and one short cat. I was born in Canada and have lived in Scotland since 1978.
To know more, please visit her social media:
Website – http://www.joanlennon.co.uk 
Slightly Jones’ website – http://www.slightlyjones.co.uk
Blogspot – http://www.joanlennon.blogspot.co.uk
To buy her latest book, simply click on the cover below:


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