The Lost and the Found
Author: Cat Clarke
Publication Date: September 13th, 2016
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister. Faith’s childhood was dominated by Laurel’s disappearance – from her parents’ broken marriage and the constant media attention to dealing with so-called friends who only ever wanted to talk about her sister.
Thirteen years later, a young woman is found in the garden of the Logans’ old house, disorientated and clutching the teddy bear Laurel was last seen with. Laurel is home at last, safe and sound. Faith always dreamed of getting her sister back, without ever truly believing it would happen. But a disturbing series of events leaves Faith increasingly isolated and paranoid, and before long she begins to wonder if everything that’s lost can be found again…
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About the Author and Guest Post
Cat was born in Zambia and brought up in Edinburgh and Yorkshire, which has given her an accent that tends to confuse people.
Cat has written non-fiction books about exciting things like cowboys, sharks and pirates, and now writes YA novels. She lives in Edinburgh with a couple of cats, Jem and Scout, who spend their days plotting to spit up furballs at the most inconvenient times. She likes cheese A LOT, especially baked camembert.
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My Writing Routine … Or Lack of One
I can’t help feeling jealous when I read about authors’ writing habits. They seem like Proper Authors Who Know Exactly What They’re Doing. I’m always looking for tips about how to make this weird job work for me, because it can be tough to work on the same project for months and months, with no idea if it’s any good or not, no feedback (unless you’re brave enough to show someone your work-in-progress), and no end in sight.
I’ve found that it helps to have some structure in my day. Because without structure, my day looks something like this:
8.03 a.m. I sit down to write
9.15 a.m. I look up from Twitter/Facebook/name-your-social-media-of-choice in a sort of daze.
9.20 a.m. I sit down to write, after making a cup of tea. Tea always helps, right?
9.21 a.m. One of my dogs is doing something cute. I must take a picture and put it on Twitter.
11.00 a.m. No work has been done, but everyone on Twitter agrees that my dog is cute, so that’s OK. I wonder what’s for lunch.
11.01. a.m. Might as well start prepping lunch now. And think about what to have for dinner later.
12.13 p.m. I eat lunch. Slowly.
1.06 p.m. I need to nap. I’ll write this afternoon though. Definitely.
And guess what? Hours pass and night falls, and not a word has been written.
I can’t even count how many days I’ve spent like this, but I’m getting better. The key for me is to keep my goals so tiny that it would be truly pitiful if I don’t achieve them. If I have a whole free day ahead of me, I can surely write for one teeny-tiny twenty-five-minute session. So that’s what I do. On a good day, I do four writing sessions, and in those four sessions I write more words than I ever did before. In between writing sessions, I do admin, read, play guitar, play with my dogs, and yes, sometimes nap. Napping is a crucial part of the process and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
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