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Here is my interview Jane Yates

Jane chats to Fiona McVie about how she became a writer. You can get an exclusive look at some of her fabulous artwork too!



Name Jane Yates

Age 52

Where are you from? I live in Oxford, UK, but was born in Aldershot in Hampshire, and also lived in Wales for a number of years.

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc  

I am a mum of three grown up children: James, Marie and Emily. I have two spaniels: Buster and Mandy, who appear in my first three books.

I am dyslexic and although I did get a degree in archaeology and the environment later in life, I never thought I could write a novel and did not until I was 50 years old.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

Garden has come out thanks to Autumn Orchard. I am thrilled that it is a huge success.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I am badly dyslexic and never used to think of myself as a writer…

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Upcoming Q&A With Jane Yates

Want Your Question to be Answered by Jane Yates

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In the run up to the release of Jane Yates’s Garden, we want your questions. Perhaps you want to know about the inspiration behind Garden? Why Jane loves dogs so much? What steampunk actually is? Or maybe you are dyslexic and want to know how to get into writing?

Whatever the question, get in touch. The very best will be sent to Jane where she’ll answer your Q’s in a youtube video.


Dan Thompson Visits The Gainsborough Academy

A School Visit

by Dan Thompson

Yes, you heard right. I visited a school earlier this week. And you know what, it was great! I received the lovely invitation from Sara, who had first seen a poster of my Here Lies Love in a shopping centre in my home town. After liking my book, Sara was quick to get in touch. I couldn’t say no.

I have to admit: I didn’t really know what to expect. I had been racking my brain for the past fortnight and writing down every conceivable question that could be asked. But as usual, when I was there, in the presence of so many eager readers, my mind completely ignored my list. Thankfully, I feel I answered every question sufficiently to satisfy the asker.

The book club at the school is fabulously organised and well versed in different genres and formats. When I was at school (which wasn’t that long ago!) we never had a book club, which actively sought the opinion of its student members. Here at The Gainsborough Academy, every girl (sadly no boy members) had an opinion on various books. Some disagreed with each other, but that was fantastic to see. Teenagers engaged in democratic debate of what made a book great, bad, boring, exciting.

I may be a small time author, but I hope they got some enjoyment from my visit. They each had their own copy of Here Lies Love – I signed them too! Go me! Other schools should take note, because being enthusiastic about children and teenagers reading only promotes books, even books which they discover to be not as good as they hoped. I have no doubt in my mind that this bunch of readers will continue their reading excitement and take it with them into adulthood, no matter if it is a kindle book or a paperback.

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Introducing Jane Yates

It gives us a great sense of excitement to introduce to you our newly signed author Jane Yates. We are currently in the process of working with Jane on her upcoming steampunk adventure novel Garden. Inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, Jane’s novel brings a new twist to the classic story and adds new modern elements of the science fiction genre. Sci Fi fans take note: this is a story to watch out for.

In the meantime, here is a little about Jane.

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Jane lives in the historic city of Oxford, England with her two spaniels. She works at the Pitt Rivers museum there too and is amazed and inspired by its wondrous array of objects. Being a museum of anthropology and world archaeology, Jane often finds herself influenced by its exhibitions. And indeed it has helped Jane write a trilogy for children – the Paradox Childseries.

Jane is not only a mother, artist and storyteller, but dyslexic too, which only highlights her success even more. Jane refuses to allow the disorder to halt her dreams and continues to enjoy her favourite hobbies. Jane is a lover of steampunk, adventure and children’s stories, which often play a huge role in her own books.

You can join Jane over on twitter @JYParadoxchild