Josie James is an ordinary 13 year old until something extraordinary happens during her summer holidays.
Whist staying at her Great Grandmother’s cottage in the country she finds herself swept into the cursed world of Suncroft where it is perpetual winter.
Her new friends believe she could be the Chosen One who it is foretold will lift the curse, but there are more pressing matters.
The Teardrops of Summer – magical crystals that render the owner immortal – have been stolen. Along with her telepathic husky-dog Protector Asher and her new friends, Josie must race to find the Teardrops and prevent catastrophe for their world.
I am happy to share a guest post from the author with you about her plans for the future and please, take a lot at her book as well. Enjoy!
I’m often asked what my plans for the future are, of course I have many plans but with regards to writing it is to turn it into a full time career. I have so many ideas for stories for all ages. I want to spend my days conjuring up these characters and worlds for others to enjoy.
I want to get more children reading again. When I was little my dad would read to me every night. I’d be tucked up in bed and he’d kneel on the floor beside me. It was usually Topsy and Tim. I adored those books and the Mr Men and Little Miss series. He would always make silly voices or make me laugh by using one of my teddies. It was a tiny little bear that he would hide behind the book and he’d make him pop up suddenly and pretend he hadn’t seen him.
I currently work for three companies as their office manager running the day to day accounts and payroll. I love my work and the people I work for. I’ve been with them all for many, many years and it’s a role I enjoy but with family life and work it leaves very little time for writing.
My biggest problem is that I’m a morning writer and a quiet house writer. I love to be awake before everyone else, make a cup of tea and sit downstairs with my laptop and dogs and write for about three hours before everyone else gets up. I can edit in the evening but struggle to be creative after a long day.
Trying to change this is a challenge for me. I’m trying to work out if it’s the morning or the quiet I need the most. Personally I think it is the quiet. I just can’t work if there is noise or if I get interrupted. I lose my train of thought and find it very hard to pick up where I left off. I always have to finish a chapter as well. I can’t leave my writing halfway through.
So ideally I would of course like my books to take off. Books are written to be read after all. Maybe a TV series or film, now that would be magical. I’d love to see the Josie books as a series of film, released for Christmas so everyone could share a magical adventure on Christmas Eve.
One day with hard work and a little luck I hope I fulfil this dream but until that day I will continue to write where and when I can. I shall keep my eyes and ears open for opportunities that I may not have known about or considered before and fingers crossed that one day Florence Keeling and Lily Mae Walters will be household names.
Thank you, Lily Mae Walters and RachelsRandomResources
About the author
Lily Mae Walters chose her pen name in honour of her beloved grandparents who also stare in the Josie James series.
She is married with two teenage children, and two huskies that are the inspiration behind Murphy and Asher in the books.
Lily Mae lives in Nuneaton, England and finds herself using local places and even her old school in her stories.
Family and friends mean the world to Lily Mae and many will find themselves popping up throughout the series. Lily Mae also writes for adults under the name of Florence Keeling.