The Debut Club: An interview with Abi Ephinstone, author of THE DREAMSNATCHER and THE SHADOW KEEPER

Sweet Sixteeners Perdita and Honor Cargill recently spoke to Fearless Fifteener Abi Ephinstone about her debut MG novels, THE DREAMSNATCHER (out now) and THE SHADOW KEEPER (February 25, 2016 from Simon & Schuster).

Abi ElphinstoneAbout the Author: 

Abi Elphinstone grew up building dens, hiding in tree houses and running wild across highland glens in Scotland. She worked as a teacher in Africa, and England.

Find Abi on her website, Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, and Twitter.




Dreamsnatcher Final High Res CoverAbout THE DREAMSNATCHER and THE SHADOW KEEPER:

THE DREAMSNATCHER Twelve-year-old Molly Pecksniff wakes one night in the middle of the forest, lured there by a recurring nightmare – the one with the drums and the rattles and the masks. The Dreamsnatcher is waiting. Because Moll is more important than she knows…The Oracle Bones foretold that she and her wildcat Gryff are the only ones who can fight the Dreamsnatcher’s dark magic. Suddenly everything is at stake, and Moll, Alfie, a runaway from the enemy gang, and her friend Sid, are drawn into a world full of secrets, magic and adventure.

THE DREAMSNATCHER is available from: Amazon, Powells, Books A Million, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

Shadow Keeper Cover Finished 4And in the sequel, THE SHADOW KEEPER, outlawed from the forest, Moll, Gryff, Sid and Alfie continue their adventures in a secret cove down by the sea…

THE SHADOW KEEPER is available from: Amazon, Books A Million, and Barnes & Noble.





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Meet the Author: Perdita and Honor Cargill

Perdita and Honor CargillPerdita and Honor Cargill are a mother and daughter writing team living in North London. Perdita used to be a barrister; Honor is studying for her A levels. Once they’d discovered the secret of mother/daughter collaboration (separate rooms and cake) writing Waiting for Callback together was enormous fun. Honor’s (limited) experience as a child actor gave them lots of funny material for their novels.

Perdita and Honor’s debut, WAITING FOR CALLBACK (Simon and Schuster UK, Winter 2016) is a contemporary Young Adult novel. Fifteen year old Elektra lands an agent but instead of a fast track to the Oscars it’s all humiliating (and mostly unsuccessful) auditions in draughty church halls and occasional moments in weird student films – and her chance to ‘star’ in a real movie is ruined by an unfortunate and improbable case of mistaken identity…

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: Perdita loved A LITTLE PRINCESS by F.H. Burnett; Honor’s favorite was THE SECRET COUNTESS by Eva Ibbotson.
  • Childhood aspiration: Perdita always wanted to be a writer. When Honor was little, she was keen on being a policewoman (she is old enough now to know that she would be a terrible policewoman).
  • Favorite place/time to write: They get asked a lot about their joint writing ‘process’ but it’s a bit less formal than that word suggests – there’s lots of sitting around gossiping about the plot and scribbling down ideas on any piece of paper that comes to hand…
  • Surprising personal facts: Perdita was the least numerate tax barrister in London. Honor (who was a drama girl in a big way) used to love (very quietly) practicing her lines in front of the Assyrian exhibits in the British Museum.

Where to find them:

Twitter | Goodreads