A Magical Moonglow Sleepover

On the night of the sleepover, Marigold Moonglow revealed a secret that changed Katherine’s life completely. When Katherine found herself flying on a dragon with Charlie Broccoli, she considered that to be the least of her problems. Her friends had turned against her and Katherine was desperate to prove them wrong. “I’m still the same person you’ve always known,” she said.  But was she? Only time would tell. . .


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Author Q&A
1. Favorite childhood memory involving books?
Rupert Bear Annuals.  I looked forward to getting these books every Christmas.  They were my first trips into a magical world and they lit a spark in my heart that has stayed with me forever.

2. Did you want to be an author when you grew up?
I started writing stories and rhymes when I was about 10, but as with so many people, life took over and I never really got back to it until much later in life.

 3. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Disorganized, untidy, imaginative

4. What’s one movie you like recommending to others?
Wages of Fear

5. How do you select the names of your characters?
I am reasonably sure my characters select their own names. If I choose a name they do not like, they nag me until I change it.

 6. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Write, write and then write some more. Before I wrote my first book, I had written over 100 short stories for pre-school magazines.  There is no substitution for producing words in volume, and at speed. Don’t worry if they are not good enough – you will get better. Above all, before you consider submitting work to a publisher or agent – get a good editor, they are worth every penny you spend on them –quality always counts!

7. What sparks your creativity/how do you get your ideas?
Ideas arrive unannounced. I have no idea where they come from, but writing short stories for children means they arrive fully formed. I could never write a novel for adults – that would mean a lot of planning, and I’m no good at that, it requires too much discipline.  Know what you are good at and stick to it– that is my advice!!

8. Do you listen to music when writing?
NO!  Total silence is what I require

9. If you could travel anywhere in the world to write, where would you go?
Palau del Vidre - in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France – a divine village, quiet and peaceful.

10. How do you choose your book covers?
My books contain many illustrations. I choose one of them and work with the artist to create a cover.

11. What’s one thing you’d like to say to your readers?
Thank you for choosing my book to read – I hope you enjoy it.


Author Bio – Jocelyn’s writing career began when she was asked to write a story for a preschool magazine. That story was the first of many. Jocelyn became the writer/editor of several preschool magazines and continued in that role for 15 years. Writing one new story every month, plus rhymes and activities was a tough gig, but very exhilarating. Time is the big difference between writing for a magazine and writing a book. You see your work on the supermarket shelves within a few weeks of completion. A book takes longer – a lot longer. Jocelyn has to be patient now – not something she’s good at. Before becoming a writer, Jocelyn worked in higher education as International Students Officer. It was a rewarding and interesting job even though she was on call 24/7. Jocelyn also trained as a counsellor and volunteered at drop-in centres. She never knew who would arrive for counselling and had to be prepared for anything. This work gave her insight into some of the darker corners of life. Motor sport was one of Jocelyn’s early loves, she had the spine-tingling thrill of taking part in a 24-hour national rally as navigator – those were the days when rallies were held on public roads! Jocelyn worked as an au pair in Paris in her teens. Having visited the city on a school trip, she fell in love with it, and always wanted to return. Jocelyn’s first book published by Full Media is The King Who Didn’t Like Snow, illustrated by Michael S Kane. Finn and Fred’s Arctic Adventure is her second book under Full Media and is illustrated by Leo Brown.

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