Wilderness Wars by Barbara Henderson

Linda Hill’s fantastic blog, and the most wonderful review I could have hoped for!

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Wilderness Wars

I’m genuinely delighted to be part of the launch celebrations for Wilderness Wars by Barbara Henderson – partly because I’ve met Barbara who is utterly lovely, but also because she is a fantastic author. I’ve featured Barbara here on Linda’s Book Bag before and you can see the following posts:

My review of Fir For Luckhere (also one of my books of the year in 2016).

A smashing guest post from Barbara about Fir For Luck publication day here.

Another super post about why a book launch matters to celebrate Punchhere.

Today, alongside my review of Wilderness Wars I have another fantastic guest post from Barbara, this time about the nature in her childhood.

Wilderness Wars is published by Pokey Hat, an imprint of Cranachan Publishing and is available for purchase here.

Wilderness Wars

Wilderness Wars

What if nature fights back?

Still in a daze, I take…

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#BlogTour Wilderness Wars by @scattyscribbler @cranachanbooks

Thanks to The Quiet Knitter Blog for hosting the stop on the blog tour today!

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I am thrilled to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for Barbara Henderson’s latest novel Wilderness Wars, an eco thriller set on a Scottish island. And if this wasn’t brilliant enough, Barbara has also written a guest piece for today’s stop on the tour “The Supernatural in Wilderness Wars”.

Wilderness Wars Ebook Cover with Quote

** My thanks to the lovely folks at Cranachan Books and Barbara Henderson for my copy of this book and for inviting me to take par in the blog tour **

Description:

What if nature fights back?

Still in a daze, I take it all in: the wind, the leaden skies, the churning moody sea.
And, far in the distance, a misty outline.
Skelsay.
Wilderness haven. Building-site. Luxury-retreat-to-be.
And now, home.

When her father’s construction work takes Em’s family to the uninhabited island of Skelsay, she is excited, but also a little uneasy. Soon Em, and her friend…

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Publication Day

So, what does an author actually do on publication day?

I’m in a pretty good position to answer this question, today of all days. 

Wilderness Wars is out. OUT!!!

  • You get up, see some tweets already, pinch yourself, accept your good fortune and decide to interact with the world for a bit.
  • You walk the dog. A complete stranger stops you at the newsagent to ask if you are ‘that book woman’, and to compliment the cuteness of the dog, both of which goes down well.
  • You fire off a press release or two.
  • You press-gang daughter to take a picture of you holding your book in the garden, which turns out not to be a resounding success. (Not her fault, I should add. Of all days to have a spluttering cold, with flushed cheeks and puffy eyes…)
  • You eat, out of sheer joy. Daughter’s shift has been cancelled and you take her out for lunch and ice-cream! Rest of the family is away doing actual worthwhile things.
  • You sit down to write a blog post before thinking about mundane things like teenage taxi-ing and dinner.
  • Every five seconds or so, you catch yourself looking at the book – just sitting there on the edge of the table, and you worry that it might just disappear altogether.
  • And then you hear emails, tweets and notifications pinging in and you realise: THIS IS REAL!

 

 

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Roll of the Dice Creative Writing

Hello again, teachers and writers!

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Use giant dice if you can! More fun that way.

How about a wee creative writing activity?

Ideal for #Literacy #CreativeWriting #authorvisits

‘I don’t know what to write about!’ If I got paid for every time I heard a pupil complain about lack of ideas, I’d be very rich indeed.

So how about turning the whole thing into a game? I had seen fiction squares in writing magazines before, Would this work in schools?

Yes, I can confirm! It definitely does. I’ve tried it!

Step 1: On a whiteboard, create a blank table:

Fiction Square step 1

Step 2: Get kids to shout out interesting suggestions and fill the table in.

Fiction Square 3

Step 3: Now comes the fun part. Get kids into pairs or groups and let them roll the dice twice for characters, twice for character traits and once each for a problem, an object and a location. I use a giant dice so the whole class can see.

Step 4: Give them 5-10 minutes to come up with a story incorporating these elements. I tend to allow them to ignore/discard whatever doesn’t fit their best idea – it’s about creating compelling stories, not contriving to squeeze the ingredients in at all cost. Remind pupils that the problem must be addressed and possibly overcome in the story. There must be an outcome. That will automatically result in a story arc.

Step 5: Once pupils have generated a story together, you could set them the individual task of drafting an exciting or intriguing opening for the story.  This can later be developed into a longer piece of writing. 

Have fun!