I couldn’t resist sharing some pictures of a boating excursion that I recently had with my agent Louise and editors Ali and Hannah from Egmont.
Boats – and in particular, a boat race – feature prominently in the sequel to The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow, The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth, so for research purposes it seemed only appropriate to do a little rowing ourselves – in this case on the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park.
Hannah and Ali take to the oars
Louise is taking this rowing business seriously
Are you sure you’re up to this, Woodfine?
Hilarity sets in
As it turns out, my characters are much better at rowing than I am. I don’t think I am going to be winning any boat races anytime soon, unless it is a competition to see who is best at rowing in a circle!
But in spite of my less-than-brilliant rowing abilities (and interruptions from some very curious geese) we had a fantastic afternoon – very Swallows and Amazons!
Naturally we followed our boating excursion with a delicious afternoon tea, which I think Sophie and Lil would definitely approve of.
Time for tea!
Exciting news – this morning my publishers Egmont announced that Sophie and Lil will be continuing their adventures in two more books!
I’m so delighted to be writing two more books in the series, which will follow on from The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow and The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth, which comes out in March 2016. The new books will follow the gang as they solve even more crimes in Edwardian London, and will be publishing in spring and autumn 2017.
I couldn’t be happier that the series will continue and that there will be more in store for Sophie, Lil and company! Writing The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow has been such fun, Egmont has been a wonderful publishing ‘home’ and it has been amazing to have such a great response to the book from readers. I was also very excited about this part of the announcement:
Katherine Woodfine’s debut, The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow has been one of the runaway hits of 2015. Selected as the Waterstones Book of the Month for June, and reaching number 13 in the Nielsen BookScan charts, it was the fastest selling debut children’s book across all ages for the first half of 2015.
As if that wasn’t enough, The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow is going interational! It will be published in the US by Kane Miller in June 2016, and publishers Ravensburger have also snapped up the rights to publish it in Germany. Audio rights have also been sold, so an audio version is also in the offing. Hurrah!
[This celebratory photo of ladies performing some sort of 1900s beach gymnastics comes via my ever-expanding Edwardiana Pinterest board!]