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Our Child of the Stars is out in UK e-book and audiobook and the hardback is published 24 January 2019.  Any decent bookshop can pre-order it.

There will be a paperback currently planned for 19th September.  If waiting for the paperback, pre-order it! That means all sales count to the first week and help me be a best-seller

You can always ask a library to stock it.  Yay libraries!

Jo Fletcher Books will be making announcements in due course about availability in other languages.

I will update on English language availability outside UK, US, Canada when I can.

A sequel?  Our Child of the Stars is a stand-alone novel with a satisfying ending. However, my agent, publisher, and lots of reviewers want to know what happens to the Myers next!  So I am working hard on a second book…

Book Group Notes.  Several reviewers said they thought it would make a good book for their Group.  ‘Official’ notes will be in the paperback.  I hope to publish a draft of these on this website shortly, (ideally before my Mum’s bookgroup in March!)  Email me to get an alert when I do this.

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I will have seen reviews unless they are in something deeply obscure. I don’t need to be sent them and while I try to be a grownup, I probably won’t want to discuss critical ones.  People’s opinion can differ from mine.

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How did you come to write the book?

Here’s one account

How big an influence was E.T. on your writing? 

I’d be an idiot not to see some influence. True story, it was subconscious. I’d never seen ET all the way through, then a  reader of an early draft mentioned it.  I’m happy to be compared to one of the iconic films of the last century.  Yet… ET is a simple film about childhood, seen always from the child’s viewpoint.  Our Child of the Stars is an adult book about the joys and fears of parenthood, and how children help you see the world anew – told primarily from the adult viewpoint.  In addition, Cory sees Earth from outside, and as children can do, he calls humanity out on our cruelties and ignorance.  ET changes Elliott, but Cory changes the world.

How much research did you have to do before writing a female narrator?

Flip answer: if as a man you haven’t listened to women for all your life, research won’t help you.

Perhaps less sarcastic, I come from a family of strong women, married one and raised one. I’ve been really conscious of differences between the way men and women broadly see the world (sidestepping how much of life is a spectrum and why these differences exist.)  Seeing the way my mother sorted the world out with her friends round the kitchen table and how different that was to my wonderful father intrigued me. A flavour of that is in the book.