I came across this clip from the BBC in which the incredible writer Anthony Horowitz gives his top 5 tips for entering short story competitions. I think his advice could be applied to all writing! Anthony Horowitz has to be one of the most prolific writers of recent times. I have long been hooked on his Poirot and Foyle's War TV writing as well as his Alex Rider series for young people. His Diamond Brothers series is the only other writing I have come across that ties in themes from the gangster movies of the 1930s with modern day life. I wonder what he would think of Bella Street and her noir adventures! Check out his website here.
The second Goodreads Giveaway of 'A Bella Street Mystery: The Secret Formula' is over! Thank you to the over 700 people that requested a copy of the paperback! Copies are in the mail!
I have been so impressed with the creativity shown by young people around the 'Over To You' artwork for 'The Secret Formula'! Recently, Poppy, a reader from Sydney, submitted a wonderful sculpture of the Secret Formula! Check it out! So far, I have received a beautiful handwritten letter, drawings, a video book trailer and the sculpture! How creative! :)
It was very exciting on Saturday, to hear that the first Bella Street Mystery 'The Secret Formula' was runner up in the fiction category at the Woollahra lit fest here in Sydney! The winner was an adult novel so I feel Bella held her own! One of the judges said she thought 'The Secret Formula' was so scary it should be rated MA!! I'm glad she found it suspenseful as I think young people like to feel that tingle of fear!
I am an avid reader of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. Every now and then I come across a quote that is just too good not to mention to everyone I know. One such quote is this — 'The streets were dark with something more than night', which Raymond Chandler wrote in 1950 in 'The Simple Art of Murder'. This is the perfect quote to describe the terror Bella feels as she is being chased through the midnight Manhattan streets. The air is full of menace and harm. Even though she is a child, there are men pursuing her, wanting to hurt her — how truly heart-stoppingly frightening. More quotes coming!
How exciting! I have just heard that 'A Bella Street Mystery: The Secret Formula' has been shortlisted in the prestigious Woollahra Local Writers' Word Festival 2011! This is super-thrilling! Fingers crossed! Winners will be announced in two weeks!
Now, I have often been asked what Coco looks like — obviously, he is a black pug — but dogs faces can be as varied as our own, so what exactly does he look like? Well, there are many sides to Coco... Until Bella took over caring for him he was, I am afraid to say, rather a spoilt little dog. Carla and Emerald fed him sugary treats throughout the day and he didn't get as much exercise as he should. Coco quite liked this way of life — he even, I am shocked to say, quite liked wearing those little doggy outfits — especially in the winter (well, it does get pretty cold in Manhattan in the winter). However, after Bella saved Coco from the evil Doc Gutson (remember she tried to electrocute him and dangled him off the balcony?) Coco became Bella's dog and now likes going with Bella to the skatepark and is happy with fewer cookies. I like to think that Coco is a healthier, happier dog since all those shenanigans in 'The Secret Formula'. I know some of Coco's fans here in Australia are working on some Coco artwork that I will post when I receive but in the meantime...here is a picture of how I imagine Coco looked as he was being dangled over the Manhattan streets... (great pic accredited to andyonflickr!)
Seven year old Seb in Sydney has created this great book trailer for the first Bella Street Mystery, the Secret Formula! If anyone else wants to have a go at making a trailer send it in to me and I will send you a copy of my new book, 'A Bella Street Mystery: Doc Gutson's Revenge'!
Very exciting seeing the cover of my new book, 'A Bella Street Mystery: Doc Gutson's Revenge'! It has been designed by Patrick Baker at Egg Creative in Melbourne, Australia and I LOVE it! Hopefully I will be able to share a sneak peek of it soon - all I can say at this point that it is greeeeeeeeen! And I mean green! (Have I mentioned that green is my favorite color?!)
Also, Maya in Sydney, Australia has drawn a couple of posters of Bella which are awesome! I will put them up on the site soon! Any other budding artists out there should email me at clareATbaconandeggsmedia.com with any Bella-tween noir related art!
I had a lot of fun recently researching mother-son book clubs! What a complete laugh they sound - check out a post I wrote for the great site http://motherdaughterbookclub.com and enter to win one of five free copies of 'A Bella Street Mystery: The Secret Formula'!
Also, hot off the press! The sequel to the first Bella Street novel 'Doc Gutson's Revenge' is due out in December! Stand by!
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Clare grew up in Constable Country not far from East Trimley where Kate Summers and Detective Vicky Allard solve their local mysteries and where The Bellamy Bird is set. Clare lived for many years on a street in Manhattan just like the street where Bella and Felix live although she was never chased through Central Park at night by a couple of failed fashion-world gangsters. Clare now lives on a high cliff next to a lighthouse in Australia where she plots and writes with her faithful chocolate labrador by her side.
Clare Havens's books on Goodreads
The Secret Formula (Bella Street Mysteries, #1)
ratings: 38 (avg rating 4.08)
Writer's Block (Constable Country Mysteries #1)
ratings: 16 (avg rating 3.62)
Doc Gutson's Revenge (Bella Street Mysteries, #2)
ratings: 12 (avg rating 4.50)
The Bellamy Bird
ratings: 16 (avg rating 4.50)
Still Waters (Constable Country Mysteries 2)
ratings: 6 (avg rating 4.83)
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