Monthly Archives: December 2009

Plus and minus

For those of you who like to read about the author of a book, here’s another interview with one of us. Pop over to this site for a quick view of what may or may not happen next!

We’re also open to suggestions – which dragon would you prefer to have as the star of the next book? Mind you, we’re not promising anything yet. Two books in two years is quite hard work. But we value your suggestions.

That’s the plus point.

The minus point is this:

We would also like to apologise to those of you who have found the error at the start of chapter 19: the typesetters dropped a couple of lines after we proofread it. This is how it should have read:

“We need to talk to Ru,” Kris repeated as he walked with Hannah back along the riverside towards her home.
She looked numb with cold and her teeth chattered.”

If you already found the slip-up and were annoyed, it’s nothing to how we felt when it was pointed out. But hey, it’s Christmas and not a time for being angry and pointing fingers. Overgrounders make errors and luckily it wasn’t anything more serious. But yes, we’re sorry.

Enjoy your holidays!

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Why Musselburgh?

When we decided to write about an environmental disaster that was threatening the dragons and the overgrounders, we’d already chosen East Lothian as the place for our books. But why Musselburgh for Farlkris?

Well, you know how it is – you visit a place, you fall in love with it and something in it reminds you of something you knew a long time ago. And everything clicks into place.

For one of us (remember, Kelsey Drake is two of us!), there was a love of a little place in Sussex called Rye (which had a harbour and interesting streets and a hill) and this was followed by a love of a place in Yorkshire called Whitby (which has a harbour and some interesting streets, and a hill) – so when we investigated Musselburgh, gosh, there was the harbour… and some interesting streets, a hill… and a river to carry the poison we were writing about.

Get it? Musselburgh grabbed us, not the other way around.

We fell in love with the harbour, and then with the footbridge over the river between Hannah’s home and the industrial park. So here it is in all its glory, just as we found it the first day we visited.

It really does rock a little when you run over it. Or did we imagine that bit? Go and try for yourselves!

Musselburgh river bridge