Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Lovely review in on The Angelica Touch from a screenwriter in the UK, Ally S.:

Cover by Aoife Henkes
Angelica takes you on a rollercoaster ride of romance and relationships with her quirky metaphors and touching desires. The picturesque and artistic world she lives in could stir up even the least imaginative reader, transporting them to a world of giant whales falling from the sky and relationships that are every bit as exceptional as you would like.

A story that anyone would agree is as sweet and addictive as Angelica’s ‘double chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream in a blender’.

The book is available on Amazon here and there's a little video interview with me talking about the book and where it came from here

Monday, 4 December 2017

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Our First Shop Window!

From the bus last night, on my way into town, I spotted Dad's Red Dress in the window of Books Upstairs. In fantastic company too, with Adrian Mole and Harry Potter, sharing shelf-space with Anton Chekhov, Angela Carter and José Saramango. Happy days!

Friday, 3 November 2017

Writer's Block: an interview

An interview I did about writing with Sophie Grenham has just been published The Gloss magazine in their online version.

Really nice piece too!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

The Angelica Touch, my new book

The coolest cover, designed by Aoife Henkes.
The manuscript for my new book has gone to be formatted. It is such a good feeling to set it free, to stop tweaking and scanning for typos or all those glaring mistakes that don't glare until you're reading from the published book in front of a crowd!

Hoping to have it on the shelves by mid-November! Can hardly wait now. Dad's Red Dress has been feeling lonely!

Here's the blurb from the back page of The Angelica Touch, just to whet your appetite:

Angelica, 14, has reached three conclusions. Firstly, her mother Molly, who manages a rundown hotel on the wild Drisogue peninsula in Donegal, is desperately lonely. (She's not.) 

Secondly, it’s entirely her fault that Molly is still single. (It might be.) 

Thirdly, since she can hardly have a boyfriend of her own if Number 2 is true, it’s up to her to find her mother a man. (It really isn't.) 

Given her natural gift for matchmaking, Angelica’s solution is to develop a dating website for her mum. With the questions devised by Angelica and best friend, Grace, what could possibly go wrong?

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

On the radar and in the orange chair... with CBI

At the weekend, Dad's Red Dress and I found ourselves in the famous orange chair that belongs to Children's Books Ireland, at their annual conference in the Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin. Have to say, it felt very comfortable and would fit nicely in front of our fireplace! 

Earlier this year, CBI gave this little first book of mine a wonderful review in their online Ínis magazine, so it felt right to feel celebratory. Not only because the weekend was full of success stories on stage, all peppered with very real journeys, often difficult and challenging, but because I was talking for two days with fellow writers, with magnificent illustrators, enthusiastic librarians and educators from all around the world. 

Review by Children’s Books Ireland of Dad’s Red Dress by L.J. Sedgwick

Jessie Keane just wants her family to be normal… utterly, completely normal. Having moved from L.A. back to Ireland, normality would offer a chance to avoid the ‘looks’, the rumours and the bullying that she has dealt with in the past. But ‘normal’ is hardly possible. Not with a little sister who claims to have been abducted by the Virgin Mary (twice), a wildly contemporary artist stepmother and a creative architect father with a penchant for cross-dressing. As she tries to balance this eccentric, yet loving family, and what she hopes will be an ordinary school life, Jessie is put to the test when a new development shakes the façade she is working so hard to craft. She must stop this! Or so she thinks…
When I picked up Dad’s Red Dress, I expected a book that was quirky, entertaining and funny. What I did not expect was a novel that spoke to the heart of what it means to grow up. Filled with vivid, genuine characters and complex, conflicting family drama, it is joyous, loving and truly unique among the vast canon of coming-of-age stories. Each character is intricately drawn. Difficult subject matter is handled with great sensitivity. The dialogue is realistic and relatable for any young person. And while the situation may be unusual, the emotional impact is not. It gives the reader much to consider about life, friendship, who we really are and what makes a family. Dad’s Red Dress is indeed humourous; a delight to read. Simply wonderful.

Review by Mary Esther Judy

Some pictures from the conference.