Eoin and I carry on chatting

Eoin and I carry on chatting

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Meeting the audience after the show

Meeting the audience after the show

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Sinister backdrops to the authors’ chat

Sinister backdrops to the authors’ chat

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Onstage

Onstage

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Go!

Go!

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Steady…

Steady…

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The audience gets ready

The audience gets ready

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With Rick, Eoin and Ridley

With Rick, Eoin and Ridley

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Signing books backstage

Signing books backstage

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Early morning at the airport with Ridley and Eoin

Early morning at the airport with Ridley and Eoin

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Boston - the Mega-Awesome Event

Sunday was very exciting. Eoin, Ridley and I took an early flight across to Boston, then drove west to the town of Wellesley, where the local bookstore, Wellesley Books, had organised a massive event for us and Rick Riordan. As soon as we pitched up, we set to work signing copies of our books; meanwhile the crowd began queuing up outside the auditorium. When everyone was inside, comperes whipped them into a frenzy with the aid of some sweets thrown judiciously from the stage. Then we came on, one after the other, Rick in the lead, introducing our books, before settling down for a chat and answering audience questions. Gruesome backdrops showed us as kids; video sequences highlighted our books; we discussed how we got round writers’ block (answer - just write, even if it’s bad, because you can always revise later); and had a lot of fun. Afterwards, more candy was thrown and we mingled with some of the audience: a fab event and one of the highlights of the tour.

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Onstage with Eoin and Ridley

Onstage with Eoin and Ridley

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The Gateway Arch up close

The Gateway Arch up close

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St Louis: not a bad spot to be doing some desk-work

St Louis: not a bad spot to be doing some desk-work

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St Louis

On Friday night I took a late flight to St Louis, in the mid-West, where the giant Gateway Arch, symbolising the city’s position at the start of the westward trail, towers over the centre of downtown. I spent much of Saturday doing some last tweaks to the manuscript of The Whispering Skull, before heading to St Louis Public Library for a terrific event with Eoin Colfer and Ridley Pearson. There was a zestful crowd listening as we discussed Lockwood, Eoin’s brilliant new WARP series, and Ridley’s latest Kingdom Keeper novel, which he created in conjunction with thousands of participating fans: an incredible feat of interactive storytelling. It’s always fascinating to share the stage with other authors - I love hearing how they work, seeing the ways we differ, and how we all tackle the universal problems of getting stuff actually written.

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