Sunday Spotlight: Authors On Show – Cecily Paterson

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About the Author:

Cecily Paterson has given up sugar in pursuit of a healthier life more times than she can count. She’s probably not going to do it again because, chocolate. Cecily grew up in Pakistan where they don’t eat chocolate too much, so she now makes up for missed Cecily Paterson Author  opportunities. Her years at boarding school overseas were also largely chocolate-free, unfortunately, but she did learn a lot about teenage girl relationships, and especially that every girl needs two things: her own place to chill out in, and a kind, understanding person to talk to. Cecily now lives in small town NSW with her husband, four kids and two dogs. Her favourite kind of chocolate, in case you’re wondering, is the Lindt 70% dark blend. Mmmmm.

Genres: Young Adult

Cecily’s Books

cover front smallJazmine Crawford doesn’t make decisions. She doesn’t make choices. She doesn’t make friends. Jazmine Crawford only wants one thing: to be invisible. For Jazmine, it’s a lot easier to take out her hearing aid and drift along pretending that nothing’s wrong than it is to admit that she’s heartbroken. When Jazmine is forced to be in the school play, she finds that she’s stronger than she thought. But is it enough to stand up to the school bully? And does she have enough courage to face the truth about what really happened to her dad?

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INVINCIBLE COVER SMALL“When I was smaller I thought that at some point in my life I’d reach the top of the mountain. You know, the place where you’re finally happy. The night I got a standing ovation in the school play was the night I got to the top. The trouble was, no one ever told me that I’d have to hike back down.” invincibleteaser2 invincibleteaser
Finally, everything is going right for 13 year-old Jazmine Crawford. After years of being invisible, she’s making friends, talking to her mum and hanging out with Liam. But what happens when everyone around her changes? Will getting back in touch with her grandma help her cope or just make things worse? And who’s going to finally give arrogant Angela what she deserves?
Invincible is the much-anticipated sequel to Invisible, a semi-finalist in the 2014 Amazon Book of the Year Award.

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goodreads_icon_50x50-823139ec9dc84278d3863007486ae0acLMP cover smallThirteen year old fashionista Coco Franks has finally made it into the popular group when her dad decides to move the whole family to the country so they can ‘bond’. Social death is looming, her shoes are covered in mud and all Coco wants to do is get herself back to her city friends. After all, things can’t get any worse, right?

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QandA

1. How would you describe the writing to publishing process? Any fun analogies?

Hmmm. It’s a lot like poking your eyes out with blunt pencils. Slow, painful and messy. The only bit I like about writing and publishing is having a book in my hand at the end.
2. Are you a plotter or a fly by the seat of your pants type writer?

I plot. With four kids and no time, I’m a big believer in doing things in the most time-efficient way possible. I have no time to faff around changing plots. However, like with my kids, I do let my characters have a bit of leeway as we go. I’m not super-strict with them.
3. Do you listen to music or are you a silence in the library writer?

PLEASE BE QUIET. DO NOT FLICK YOUR TOES. DO NOT BLINK OR SNIFF. DO NOT EVEN BREATHE. WE ARE WORKING IN HERE, ORRIGHT?

4. You’re going to a deserted island and you’re allowed 3 books to read for the rest of your life… which books and why?

Pride and Prejudice. Or anything by Jane, actually. Her books make me laugh every time, and I have so much so learn from her construction and characterisations.

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. The India setting reminds me of my childhood growing up in Pakistan, the characters are wonderful, and it’s incredibly long, which is useful, because I’ve got the rest of my life, right?

The Bible. In my estimation the most important and most interesting story ever told. Plus it’s incredibly long, which is useful, again, because, well…
Thank you so much to Cecily Paterson for joining us in this addition of Authors on Show. I am super excited and intrigued to grab these books, they look absolutely divine! Don’t forget to click the buttons below to connect with the author. ((I’ve checked out her website and I highly recommend you have a lookie…there is SO much wonderful information on it!!)) I’ll see you next week for another post!

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