Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Final week and a bit of Inktober 2020

 I've become a little obsessed with pen and ink and watercolours this past couple of weeks...

Day 22 - Chef

Day 23 - RIP

Day 24 - Dig

Day 25 - Buddy

Day 26 - Hide

Day 27 - Music

Day 28 - Float

Day 29 - Shoes

Day 30 - Ominous

Friday, 23 October 2020

Week 3 of Inktober 2020

 Week 3 of Inktober prompts and Tim burton and Neil Gaiman inspiration is creeping in!

Day 15 - Outpost

Day 16 - Rocket

Day 17 - Storm

Day 18 - Trap

Day 19 - Dizzy

Day 20 - Coral

Day 21 - Sleep

Friday, 16 October 2020

Week 2 of Inktober 2020

Getting into the routine of creating something every day now for Inktober 2020, here are my week 2 pieces...

Day 8 - Teeth

Day 9 - Throw

Day 10 - Hope

Day 11 - Disgusting

Day 12 - Slippery

Day 13 - Dune

Day 14 - Armour

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Inktober 2020

This year I've decided to make more time for art in my life and and decided to take part in Inktober. For anyone not familiar with this, there's a prompt word for each day in October and you create a drawing/painting/sketch from this.

Here's my first week of images...

Day 1 - Fish 

Day 2 - Wisp

Day 3 - Bulky

Day 4 - Radio

Day 5 - Blade

Day 6 - Rodent

Day 7 - Fancy

Thursday, 1 October 2020

October #ukteenchat


We have arrived at one of my favourite times of year, ‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’, darker nights, pumpkins and a good excuse to read all the spooky fiction I can!

I have some fabulous guests lined up for #ukteenchat for October…


6th October – Finbar Hawkins

13th October – Sophie Anderson

20th October – Caroline Logan

27th October – Harriet Springbett

And a special Halloween special on Thursday 29th October will be with Katy Birchall


Sneak peaks into November and December…

3rd November – A.M. Dassu

10th November – Damaris Young

17th November – Caroline Ambrose Founder of the Bath Novel Award – Just in time to get your last minute entries in on the 29th November

24th November – Bella Pearson of Guppy Books

1st December – Kereen Getten

8th December – Dawn Treacher

The chat takes place on Tuesday evenings 8-9pm UK time. Follow the #ukteenchat hashtag for all the latest details and to view and participate in the chats 😎

Friday, 14 February 2020

#WriteMentor 2020

#WriteMentor 2020

I’m really excited that I will be mentoring again this summer with the #WriteMentor programme. 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 on submission to publishers with a with themed chapter book.

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 for an upper MG Coming of Age Thriller.

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, Matilda, Dorothy, and Malcolm, our chickens. My background is in Fine Art, and later working with children in variety of jobs. Now I’m also an editor and mentor and one half of YouTube writerly duo, Word Witches with Carolyn Ward, and I am creator and host of a writerly chat on Twitter called #ukteenchat.

I write picture books, chapter books and Middle Grade novels for ages 5-8 and 8-12, and into the lower Teen age range of 13-15. I’m also a writer of flash fiction and short stories, with some of these winning competitions or being published. I’ve written contemporary novels, Fantasy, Humour and Thriller, with a strong focus on friendship and family relationships, usually, though not exclusively, 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); the Amelia Fang series by Laura Ellen Anderson; 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, and I mentored 3 writers in 2019 and co-mentored another 2. 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 part of this #WriteMentor programme is that I love being with other writers and the fantastic kidlit writing community. I’ve been very fortunate over the years to have had support via mentoring and from amazing writing groups and individuals 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. I’m quite keen to take on two mentees that will also have the benefit of each other for extra support and camaraderie. 

There will be Q&As ahead of the application window to ask me questions, but do feel free to send me a message on Twitter if you have anything you’d like to ask in the meantime.

So do apply to me if you feel we would be a good fit 😊

For further updates please follow me on Twitter @FinlaysonPalmer

Saturday, 4 January 2020

#ukteenchat 2020

Happy New Year!

I was blown away by the support and responses to my shout out for #ukteenchat guests for 2020. So many fabulous and talented writers out there.

Here are some of the fabulous guests lined up for the start of 2020…

7th Jan - Stuart White, will be chatting about all #WriteMentor and the exciting new things going on for 2020.

21st Jan - Jo Clarke, children's writer, school librarian, award winning children's book blogger. 

28th Jan - Katharine and Elizabeth Corr, new book, A Throne of Swans out on the 20th Jan.

4th Feb - Annaliese Avery will be chatting about her writing and the Golden Egg Academy.

11th Feb - Madeline Dyer, chatting about her new book released 11th Feb.

18th Feb - Nicola Penfold, debut book, Where the World Turns Wild will be released on the 6th Feb.

25th Feb - Miriam Halahmy, Find details of Miriam's books here:

Very excited about the chats to come, lots more lined up which i'll be announcing soon. 😀

You can the chat by following the #ukteenchat hashtag over on Twitter.