I’m having just a bit of an exciting time of it at the moment! Last week – on World Book Day – the paperback edition of ALLIES & ASSASSINS was published in the UK. This coming Friday (March 14th), I’ll be in Cardiff – paying tribute to the Welsh origins of this project – to take part in THE BIGGEST BOOK SHOW ON EARTH ON TOUR. This is my first official event for A&A and I cannot wait – I’m going to be talking about creating characters – one of my favourite aspects of writing. And then today… March 10th… well today was definitely what you could call a “red letter day”. A UPS delivery guy arrived at the front door this afternoon, bearing a little package from my publishers in New York – Little, Brown and Company – telling me that ALLIES has won its first award and been designated as a Junior Library Guild Selection for Spring 2014. Oh, and on top of this, I finished the first draft of Book 2 this morning and pressed SEND to deliver it to my editors! It’s a bit of a monster but I’ve had a terrific time writing it. I’m looking forward to taming this beast with the help of the best team of editors in the business.