I'm thrilled to welcome a fabulous author to the blog today to chat about their awesome book series for kids!
Here we go...
Dashe Roberts is a Californian who loves mystery, adventure and the uncanny. She is the author of the Sticky Pines series, and lives in London with her husband and an adorable dog.
Things are about to get FREAKY in the sleepy American town of Sticky Pines!
The twists, chills and laughs multiply in The Thing at Black Hole Lake, the electric second instalment in the cult sci-fi series for children.
Holy. Flippin. Crudballs! Milo Fisher has found something lurking in Black Hole Lake. Something big. It's the kind of monstrous discovery that would make his ex-friend Lucy Sladan's mind explode like confetti, if he was still speaking to her, which he isn't. But Lucy won't be kept in the dark: she's on to Milo, following her own clues, and closing in on an even greater secret.
Perfect for the younger siblings of Stranger Things fans, Sticky Pines offers laugh-out-loud, hair-raising sci-fi and mysteries aplenty. Are YOU ready to learn the TRUTH? Life on Earth may not be as simple as it seems...
PRAISE FOR STICKY PINES: THE BIGWOOF CONSPIRACY:
"Brilliant" - Konnie Huq, Blue Peter presenter and author of Cookie and the Most Annoying Boy in the World
"This middle grade series is destined for greatness" - ReadItDaddy blog
"Book of Week: An hilarious, exciting sci-fi series with wide appeal" - The South Wales Evening Post
"The most entertaining book I've read this year" - Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books
‘A breathtaking, genuinely funny funny caper that deserves to be cult reading for 9+’ – Armadillo magazine
"This is going to be a bedtime-destroyer it's the perfect book to read with a torch while pretending to turn the lights out and go to sleep" - Louie Stowell, author of The Dragon in the Library
"If you love The X-Files, Eerie Indiana, Teen Wolf and Twin Peaks, then you and me have a lot in common and I predict you will love Sticky Pines" - Sophie Green, author of Potkin and Stubbs
"I fell in love with this book: Dashe's voice is fresh and funny, SO funny. It's the fabulous sci-fi mystery I have been waiting for and I just can't wait to read the next one and the one after that and the one after that. I mean the ENDING!" - Rashmi Sirdeshpande, author of How To Be Extraordinary
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Who are you and what do you write?
I’m Dashe Roberts, and I am the author of the funny sci-fi mystery series: STICKY PINES. The first book, THE BIGWOOF CONSPIRACY, was released in Feb 2020, and the sequel, THE THING AT BLACK HOLE LAKE will be out in Sept!
Where and when and how did the writing life begin for you?
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love writing. It was one of my strengths as a student and I’ve always relied on my writing skills in my personal and professional life. The first chapter book I ever wrote was when I was ten years old. I recently reread it and quite enjoyed it. It was a horror story about a kid who falls into a deep hole in the middle of a field and has to walk through a wall of fire in order to save humanity. I was really into Goosebumps at the time.
How has the journey to this point been? Can you give us a basic rundown?
I couldn’t even begin to explain...
What's been the hardest part of your writing/publishing experience so far? And the most enjoyable?
The hardest part of writing and publishing is probably deadlines, word counts, and all the various expectations of other people! The most enjoyable part has been getting to know my characters inside and out (and sometimes being surprised by them!), and immersing myself in a world I enjoy visiting every day, even if I sometimes have to tear it all apart...
Would you go back and change anything?
If I had a time machine, the world would never be the same...
Where would you like to be in 5 years time? And 10?
It’s hard to make plans for the future these days as everything seems so unpredictable! At some point, I’d love to do a Sticky Pines WORLD TOUR. Ooh, and I’d love to live in Iceland for a bit. And also France. And visit Antarctica…
What's one piece of advice you'd give to new writers just starting out?
Even if you can only write 100 words per day, you’ll have a whole book written in a couple of years or less. Which is way less time than if you never start writing in the first place!
And most importantly...
Ketchup or Mayo?
Both, mixed together with a chip.
Night or Day?
Inside or Outside?
OUTSIDE! (Especially during quarantine)
Dogs or Cats?
Twitter or Facebook?
Neither, they’re both evil in their own special ways. But for work purposes, Twitter's where it’s at!
e-book or Paperback?
Sun or Rain?
When I lived in California, I would’ve said rain, but now that I live in London, the answer is sun, all day, every day.
Keyboard or Pencil & Notebook?
Keyboard. I’m a true Millennial. Typing feels more natural.
Comedy or Drama?
Ideally both together.
Chips or Chocolate?
Deep dark chocolate just edges out the win.
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