I’m delighted to welcome long time friend of the blog, and brilliant writer, Caroline Green here today, to talk about her new novel, ‘Cracks’ for teens. So, without further ado, here we go…
Hi there Caroline. Welcome to the blog! I’m thrilled to have you here.
It’s an absolute pleasure. Thank you for having me.
So, you have a new book out, ‘Cracks’. Congratulations! Could you tell us a little about it? Who’s it for and what’s it about?
Thanks! Cracks is aimed at young teens and is the story of a boy called Cal, who starts seeing cracks in the walls that no one else can see. He soon discovers that his whole life has basically been a lie and ends up on the run in a dangerous and unfamilar world, with lots of different parties wanting a piece of him. All he really wants is to find out who he really is and where he came from.
What got you started writing it?
It sounds mad but I literally did wonder what it would be like if you saw the walls cracking open and no one else could see it. (Told you it was mad)
How long did it take to write?
That’s very tricky to answer because I started it a good while before I got a publishing deal for Dark Ride, my first book. I had to put it on hold for a good ten months so it probably ended up taking about twice that long in total.
And how did you write it? What’s the Caroline Green Writing Process?
I’m not sure I’ve really worked that out yet. I still feel as though I’m finding my way in a dark room whenever I start something new.
Could you tell us a little about your road to publication?
It was long…and very bumpy! I had one adult novel and one other children’s novel ‘under the bed’ before I signed with Piccadilly Press for Dark Ride. Having been rejected by almost every agent in the Writer’s and Artist’s Yearbook, I went directly to a publisher and was very lucky that it paid off. I have a brilliant agent now, but do think this approach is worth trying when you’re starting out.
The most important thing a writer does is…read. I’m always really surprised if I meet a writer who doesn’t seem to read a lot of books. I passionately believe that writers must be readers first.
Any advice you’d like to give to people just starting out?
As I mentioned above, try going directly to a publisher as well agents. I know there aren’t many who take submissions, but there are still some who do.
Make sure the book is the very best it can be first though. Don’t waste an opportunity by sending the manuscript out half finished or unedited. And just don’t give up. If you really want it, keep at it.
What’s next for you?
I’m near the start of my third book for Piccadilly Press. Still at the, ‘Oh God, how did I ever manage to write a book before?’ stage!
Anything you’d like to add?
No, just thanks again for having me over! xx
A pleasure! Cracks is out now and available from all good book retailers. Such as this one.