Recently at my day job (as those of you who have been following my blog, or are connected with me on LinkedIn or Facebook know, I work in secondary education by day, and lead my literary life by night) children’s author, Caroline Lawrence visited with words of inspiration for the youngsters, not to mention a fresh perspective for the adults.

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Her motivational words for the budding young writers included talking about how her love of ancient Greek and Latin kick-started the idea for her Roman Mysteries novels and how, in order to write a successful storyline, she always follows her 7 plot beats. What impressed me the most is how she engaged with the pre-teen audience: sharing fascinating facts about Pompeii and humorous Latin inscriptions to entertain and educate the children.

Needless to say, there was a stampede in the aisle to get signed copies of her books after the event. I had also noticed quite a few girls, and some boys, in the audience jotting down her writing tips as she spoke: maybe a few more archaeological tales might be following from the young creative minds over the coming weeks – let’s see!

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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