Sunday, 17 March 2019

#WriteMentor 2019

I’m excited to announce that I’m going to be mentoring again this summer with the #WriteMentor programme. So here’s a little bit about me and what sort of submissions I’d like to see this year…
I am represented by Laura West at David Higham Associates. My writing is featured in many different magazines, anthologies and online, and I am currently revising a chapter book for submission.
I won the Urban Retreats six month novel writing course scholarship in 2018, ‘Off the Page’ competition judged by Hodder & Stoughton, honourable mentions and placing in other competitions including being a Mslexia Children's Novel Award longlistee in 2019.
Living in Wolverhampton, gives me the perfect mix of rural and urban landscapes to influence my writing. I live with my husband, stepson, three boys, one daughter, two mischievous kitties and the youngest family members, Doris and Malcolm, our chickens. My background is in Fine Art, and later working with children in various jobs. Now I’m also an editor and mentor with Wonder Writers, one half of YouTube writerly duo, Word Witches and creator and host of writerly chat on Twitter #ukteenchat.
I write chapter books and Middle Grade novels for ages 5-8 and 8-12, and into the lower Teen age range of 13-15. I’ve written contemporary novels Fantasy, Humour and Thriller, with a strong focus on friendship and family relationships, usually with strong female main characters.
I’m keen to mentor a writer of either a chapter book or Middle Grade story. The genres I am keen to see are quite a broad range: Contemporary, Humour, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Horror, or Fantasy. It could be laugh out loud or making my hair stand on end, I’m happy to see all sorts of stories.
Some of my favourite books are: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (anything he’s written really!); The Truth Pixie by Matt Haig (again, all of Matt’s books); Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison; Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray; Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence; Ready, Player, One by Ernest Cline; Dear Charlie by N.D. Gomes; Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green; To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han; The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy; Oliver Moon and the Potion Commotion by Lucy Diamond; The Other Alice by Michelle Harrison; The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson; The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J. Harris; Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell; Skullduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy; All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven; The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky; Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs; The Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones; The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, to name but a few 😊
I absolutely love being a mentor and having the opportunity to work with the writers and support them and offer advice and encouragement. I am currently a mentor with the #WriteMentor Spark programme, and independently as an Editor and Mentor. I was a mentor for the first #WriteMentor summer mentoring programme in 2018, which I absolutely loved and had the opportunity to work with 3 fantastic writers. We are still in touch and support each other’s writing journey, and I’m looking to do the same this year.
My main reason for being art of this #WriteMentor programme is that I love being with other writers and the fantastic writing community. I’ve been very fortunate over the years to have had support via mentoring and from amazing writing groups and want to share that passion for words and the support and encouragement, with lots of positivity (think Joy from Inside Out) and gifs along the way! I’d love to work with someone who is keen to learn and share their writing with me and have fun along the way 😊
Follow @FinlaysonPalmer on Twitter for updates.

Saturday, 28 April 2018


Really excited to announce that I'm going to be a mentor for #WriteMentor organised by writer, Stuart White.

You can find more details about #WriteMentor at:

I'm going to be focusing on MG and or Chapter books. My tastes are pretty broad, but I'm most experienced with Fantasy, Thriller and Humour. There are more details about what I'm looking for and my mentoring style here:

You can also find out more during the Q&A week from Monday over on Twitter. You'll find me at @FinlaysonPalmer

Looking forward to reading your submissions ☺

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Wonder Writers

I have exciting news! I have set up a new business with fellow writer, Jeanna Skinner, called Wonder Writers. We will be offering editing and mentoring services for writers.

We are running a launch competition from the 2nd September 2017 called #WonderPitch, where we we are offering free critiques as prizes.

Please take a look at our website for further details at:

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Updates and Exciting News!

I haven't posted in some time as this year has been extremely busy and lots of exciting things happening, including being long listed in the Retreat West First Chapter competition. It was the opening to my Teen Thriller, Ornithophobia, that is a current work in progress, with the first draft now nearly complete.

I've attended some fantastic writing events this year, I can thoroughly recommend SCBWI workshops and events, writing retreats and NAWGfest17, run by NAWG (National Association of Writers' Groups) and events run by Writing West Midlands.

My very exciting news this year is that I've signed with the fabulous literary agent, Laura West, of the David Higham Agency. Laura really gets my ideas, and I feel confident that this is the start of a fantastic partnership to bring many wonderful stories to life :)

Thursday, 26 January 2017


#PeerPitch has been a really fun week-long event on Twitter, organised by The Scribbers, a group of writers who met on a Curtis Brown Creative online Writing for Children course. They then went on to form their own writing group, comprising on the original 15 members from the course.

The #PeerPitch event culminated with a one day to enter 35 word pitch competition, where entrants were invited to submit their children's or YA pitches.

I am very excited to announce that I have been longlisted for not one, but three of my pitches, woohoo! Shortlist announced soon, so fingers crossed :)

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Instructions for a Second-hand Heart

This week I ventured into London for the evening, for the book launch of Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart by the lovely and powerhouse of a writer, Tamsyn Murray.

Just getting to Piccadilly Waterstones was an adventure, nearly going Northbound on the tube when I wanted Southbound. On the way, with fellow writer, Kate Wiseman, we discovered it was the premiere of Fantastic Beasts that night at Leicester Square. We didn’t actually spot any stars, unless you count a YouTube star who walked right past us, but we did hear lots of screaming each time an actor or JK Rowling must have been arriving, exciting to think we were so close to the stars!

Piccadilly Waterstones is a dream for any writer, with floor after floor full of books. So it was a perfect venur for Tamsyn's book launch. The event was packed full of lovely people of the writing community, from writers, editors to agents, bloggers and reviewers amongst others. The room was full of people with lots of love and respect for a brilliant writer.

The launch was for Instructions for a Second-hand Heart, a story about Jonny and Niamh, one with a broken heart from losing a family member, and the other, a medically broken heart and in need of a new one. Their two stories are beautifully intertwined as their paths cross.

The book has mainly short, snappy chapters which I loved. The writing is simply beautiful and heart-breaking, but in a good way, with well-drawn and empathetic teenage characters.

Both main characters take us on a journey to deal with loss and learning to live. The book deals with sensitive issues, such as death and long term illness, but it is handled in a delicate manner, and with a story that kept me up until the early hours, desperate to know the fate of the characters. 

It’s been a week now since I finished the book, and I’m still thinking of Niamh and Jonny, and wishing I could still read what’s happening with them.

You will need tissues whilst reading this book, but the end is uplifting and full of hope. Instructions for a Second-hand Heart is definitely a story that will move you and stay with you for a long time after you’ve put it down.

Tamsyn treated everyone at the book launch to a reading from chapter two of the book. If you ever have the opportunity to hear Tamsyn read then I can thoroughly recommend it. She has a wonderful flair and gift for public readings!

Thursday, 29 September 2016


I have an article on SCBWI's Words & Pictures magazine about a writing festival called NAWGFest16 which is part of the National Association of Writers' Groups. You can find the original article at this link: