NaNoWriMo Nov Day 10: C.J. Skuse
Today the fabulous C.J. Skuse is stopping by the blog to share the 5 things she thinks every new writer should know ... (more…)
Here at Chicken House we love a good spooky read – something that you can read by candlelight (from a candle in a pumpkin, no less), curled up in an armchair on October 31st. So sit back, grab a copy of one of our fave spooky novels and prepare to feel all the chills … (more…)
C.J. Skuse was born in 1980 in Weston-super-Mare, England. She has first-class degrees in Creative Writing and Writing for Children and, aside from writing novels, works as a freelance children’s fiction consultant and lectures in Writing for Children at Bath Spa University. C.J. loves: Masterchef, Gummy Bears and murder sites. She hates: carnivals, hard-boiled eggs and coughing.
The movies Titanic, My Best Friend’s Wedding and Ruby Sparks were all probably based on her ideas; she just didn't get to write them down in time. Before she dies, she would like to go to Japan, try clay-pigeon shooting and have Ryan Gosling present her with the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
C.J. Skuse takes chick lit to pieces and stitches it together with a sharp comic touch.
Camille wants to find the perfect boy, with an athlete's body and a poet's brain. But when she's rejected at her new college party, she knows there isn't a boy alive who'll ever measure up. Enter Zoe, her brilliant but strange best friend, who takes biology homework to a whole new level. She can create Camille's dream boy, but can she make him love her?
Dead Romantic is a new take on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
Jody loves Jackson Gatlin. At his only UK rock concert, she’s right at the front.
But when she's caught in the crush and carried backstage, she has more than concussion to contend with. Throw in a menacing manager, a super-wired superstar and a Curly Wurly, and Jody finds herself taking home more than just a poster. It’s the accidental kidnapping of the decade. But what happens when you’ve got a rock god in your garage who doesn’t want to leave? Jody’s stuck between a rock idol and a hard place!
Hilariously and sharply explores the fantasy and reality of celebrity worship through a teenager’s eyes.
Pretty Bad Things
Twins Paisley and Beau Argent are in the headlines again. Last time, they were the 'wonder twins', when, as six-year-olds, they were found alive in the woods after three days missing following their mother’s death – three days spent looking for their dad.
Now, at 16, life’s not so wonderful. Cast out and exploited by their money-grabbing grandmother, they’re still clueless about their dad’s whereabouts. Until they discover an old letter from him.
That’s when they decide to hit the road – and make headlines again. Holding up fast-food joints in Las Vegas might seem extreme, but if they can get on the news, and tell their dad they need him, they might just get the dream reunion they never thought could happen.
Billed as a darkly comic ‘Tarantino for teens’, this is a fast, fearless and funny first novel from C.J. Skuse.