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Orca Rising up for People’s Book Prize

Hey everyone,

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Great news! Orca Rising has been long listed for the People’s Book Prize (Children’s Category). It’s now up to the public to vote for their favourite book, so please vote for Orca Rising here (because it’s your favourite right?!).


Halfway down the page, under “Reviews” is a field to put in your name, email address (don’t worry they won’t spam you!) and Submit to vote. You can only vote for me once, but can vote for up to 3 books in any category.

Thanks for your support!


World Book Week and a visit to Almuñécar International School

I celebrated  World Book Week with pupils from AIS school with a reading from Orca Rising… I asked them what they think happens next, and there are definitely some budding writers with amazing imaginations in Years 9 and 10!

Then, I shared with them a little writing tip; to write the end of a chapter or scene first to give purposeful writing with an intriguing ending – as well as a nice launch off point for the next chapter. The kids then came up with final lines of their own for a scene of their choosing, and will in the coming weeks go back and write the build up. I’m really intrigued to see what they come up with!

I signed copies of the book and hope i’ve inspired a few people in the room to try their hand at writing, and with luck a few more into reading for pleasure.

For pics of the event are available here on the AIS website.


Orca Rising Update

Hey Chris! How’s the book going? Thanks for asking, let me tell ya!ORCA RISING packshot3

So it’s been two weeks since Orca Rising came out in paperback. Cue two weeks of head scratching at the Amazon Bestseller Ranking, it would be nice to see how the book was doing in actual numbers rather than how i’m doing comparatively to the 6 million other books in their library! From what i can tell with the spiky line graph, it’s going okay-ish.

It was brilliant  to see Orca Rising hit the top 100 in two categories of Young Adult fiction too; let’s hope it stays there! I’ve had some really pleasing reviews too but the more the better as it really helps to persuade people to give it a try.  My silly mug also appeared in the Chichester Observer around publication time- though I only just found out!.

This week i’m visiting Almuñécar International School to talk about Orca Rising, writing and strong-arming some Year 9’s and 10’s to writing themselves with some fun, inspiration activities (that’s how i’m branding it-  but to be honest, I’ll just be happy if they don’t throw stuff at me.)

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I’ve also been reading my books by fellow Thistle authors, and it’s been great to discovery such high-quality fiction in genres i don’t often read. Jack Was Here by Chris Bardsley was a fantastically dark novel about an ex-soldier suffering from PTSD on a manhunt for a lost teenager through Asia. Woodcutter by Shaun Baines a brilliant piece of Newcastle noir full of gangs, violence and unexpected twists. Next I read Sarah’s Scholefield’s Redferne lane, which was a nice change of pace, featuring a troubled love story as its main plot, but also examining the lives of a host of characters living on the Lane battling old age, coming of age and parenthood. Last and by no means least, i’m close to finishing Kate Fulford’s Inlaws and Outlaws (awesome title!) which feature the mother in law from hell, and is just a downright hilarious read.  Next it’s Corkscrew by Peter Stafford-Bow.

Reviews for Orca Rising!


5*  “a fantastic read – fast paced and action packed’

5* “I was completely gripped. Thoroughly believable whilst also having plenty of action to keep you turning the page…”

5* “For fans of Anthony Horowitz, Ally Carter, Eoin Colfer and Robert Muchamore this is highly recommended – a thrilling YA page turner with a lot to offer girls and boys in the 21st Century.”

5* “Gripping and satisfying.”

4* “An enjoyable read and if you liked Charlie Higson’s Young Bond series or indeed “The Maze” or “The Hunger Games” then I do not believe you will be disappointed. The ending certainly sets up the probability of a sequel for which I certainly will look out for.”

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