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MARS EVACUEES — Excerpt #3

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Mars Evacuees is published next week. Aaaargh. Can’t believe it’s so soon.  I hope you buy it, I hope you like it. I talked about the book, about the dreaded “strong female characters” with The Book Smugglers for their “March on Mars” month. Head over there to win a copy!

Here’s the next excerpt! It’s time to reach Mars, and find out what life at Beagle Base is really going to be like. Enter Colonel Dirk Cleaver, and some robots of varying temperaments.

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Originally published at Sophia McDougall. You can comment here or there.

MARS EVACUEES — Excerpt #3

halloween

Mars Evacuees is published next week. Aaaargh. Can’t believe it’s so soon.  I hope you buy it, I hope you like it. I talked about the book, about the dreaded “strong female characters” with The Book Smugglers for their “March on Mars” month. Head over there to win a copy!

Here’s the next excerpt! It’s time to reach Mars, and find out what life at Beagle Base is really going to be like. Enter Colonel Dirk Cleaver, and some robots of varying temperaments.

Read the rest of this entry »

Originally published at Sophia McDougall. You can comment here or there.

Mar. 5th, 2014

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MARS EVACUEES — Excerpt #2

By Sophia | Published: March 5, 2014 | Edit

Internet, I have many things to show you. First of all, here I am in the New Statesman on how a bookshop looks to me as a grown (female) writer vs how it looked to me as a little girl. Spoiler: it used to look like Paradise and now looks pretty depressing, but there are signs of hope, especially from Foyles.

We are only three weeks away from Launch Day! And I will be signing books and talking about Mars Evacuees at Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue, from 6pm to 7 on Thursday, 27th March! Come along.

I hope Mars Evacuees is fun and for adults as well as children. That said, it’s really nice to find out what actual kids think.  I dedicated the book to my first cousin once removed (Erm, I think? Unless she’s my second cousin something something removed I DON’T KNOW, WE’RE SOMEWHAT RELATED), who read the first three chapter at a point when I’d discovered I didn’t have an agent for this book (I thought I did!)  and was feeling pretty downhearted about the whole project. I wanted to find out if an actual child would actually give a damn about what I’d written so far. Freya, who was then about eleven, told me exactly what I needed to hear:




Hello, I really love Mars Evacuees you are definitely hitting the right note!! It is great I think it will be very popular and I find it very amusing and love the way it is told. Though I think that you should maybe not start so many sentences with ‘and’. The name Alice is quite an old name and maybe you should use something more modern. My best friend read a bit and she could not put it down either. I love the subject you have chosen it is very exciting. As soon as it is published I am getting my dad to go and get it for me. Also I have not read enough to know whether it might come up but I think there should be some romance between Alice and Carl. The opening sentence is great and exciting.



(She was totally right. I did need to cut down on the sentences starting with “and”. “Alice” wasn’t going anywhere, though.)

LoveReading4Kids has a panel of no fewer than nine reviews by children, which are all really positive and delightful to my heart. “’This is a fantastic sci-fi adventure, full of surprises and fun.  I tore through it and loved every minute!” for instance, and “I absolutely love this book in all aspects including space!”After a certain publisher turned Mars Evacuees down on the grounds that “girls won’t read about space and boys won’t read about girls”, I’m particularly pleased to see both boys and girls praising it in exactly the same terms and often saying in so many words “this is a good book for boys and girls.” That’s the idea!

And on Monday another review came in – from Mr Ripley’s Enchanted Books. And it’s pretty amazing.




The story is both witty and smart. It is full of friendship and brilliant characters, good times and bad times as well as a few sad times. However these are all explored wonderfully by Sophia.  It’s a joy to read; it has got all the ingredients required to pull off a magical space story. I particularly loved the craziness, playfulness and care free attitude that is evident through this book. This makes me, as on older reader, feel like a big kid and sometimes in this world this can be a wonderful feeling again.

I DON’T think that you can say that you’ve really lived until you have read this book.



Look, I know he said that because he’s riffing off the text on the back cover but the fact is he STILL SAID IT and I will TAKE it.

Now it’s time for another excerpt.  This is from Chapter 3. We’re on the ship to Mars now. Alice Dare, meet Josephine Jerome.

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MARS EVACUEES — Excerpt #2

halloween

Internet, I have many things to show you. First of all, here I am in the New Statesman on how a bookshop looks to me as a grown (female) writer vs how it looked to me as a little girl. Spoiler: it used to look like Paradise and now looks pretty depressing, but there are signs of hope, especially from Foyles.

We are only three weeks away from Launch Day! And I will be signing books and talking about Mars Evacuees at Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue, from 6pm to 7 on Thursday, 27th March! Come along.

I hope Mars Evacuees is fun and for adults as well as children. That said, it’s really nice to find out what actual kids think.  I dedicated the book to my first cousin once removed (Erm, I think? Unless she’s my second cousin something something removed I DON’T KNOW, WE’RE SOMEWHAT RELATED), who read the first three chapter at a point when I’d discovered I didn’t have an agent for this book (I thought I did!)  and was feeling pretty downhearted about the whole project. I wanted to find out if an actual child would actually give a damn about what I’d written so far. Freya, who was then about eleven, told me exactly what I needed to hear:

Hello, I really love Mars Evacuees you are definitely hitting the right note!! It is great I think it will be very popular and I find it very amusing and love the way it is told. Though I think that you should maybe not start so many sentences with ‘and’. The name Alice is quite an old name and maybe you should use something more modern. My best friend read a bit and she could not put it down either. I love the subject you have chosen it is very exciting. As soon as it is published I am getting my dad to go and get it for me. Also I have not read enough to know whether it might come up but I think there should be some romance between Alice and Carl. The opening sentence is great and exciting.

 

(She was totally right. I did need to cut down on the sentences starting with “and”. “Alice” wasn’t going anywhere, though.)

 

LoveReading4Kids has a panel of no fewer than nine reviews by children, which are all really positive and delightful to my heart. “’This is a fantastic sci-fi adventure, full of surprises and fun.  I tore through it and loved every minute!” for instance, and “I absolutely love this book in all aspects including space!”After a certain publisher turned Mars Evacuees down on the grounds that “girls won’t read about space and boys won’t read about girls”, I’m particularly pleased to see both boys and girls praising it in exactly the same terms and often saying in so many words “this is a good book for boys and girls.” That’s the idea!

And on Monday another review came in – from Mr Ripley’s Enchanted Books. And it’s pretty amazing.

 

The story is both witty and smart. It is full of friendship and brilliant characters, good times and bad times as well as a few sad times. However these are all explored wonderfully by Sophia.  It’s a joy to read; it has got all the ingredients required to pull off a magical space story. I particularly loved the craziness, playfulness and care free attitude that is evident through this book. This makes me, as on older reader, feel like a big kid and sometimes in this world this can be a wonderful feeling again.

I DON’T think that you can say that you’ve really lived until you have read this book.

Look, I know he said that because he’s riffing off the text on the back cover but the fact is he STILL SAID IT and I will TAKE it.

Now it’s time for another excerpt.  This is from Chapter 3. We’re on the ship to Mars now. Alice Dare, meet Josephine Jerome.

 

 

Read the rest of this entry »

Originally published at Sophia McDougall. You can comment here or there.

MARS EVACUEES — Excerpt #2

halloween

Internet, I have many things to show you. First of all, here I am in the New Statesman on how a bookshop looks to me as a grown (female) writer vs how it looked to me as a little girl. Spoiler: it used to look like Paradise and now looks pretty depressing, but there are signs of hope, especially from Foyles.

We are only three weeks away from Launch Day! And I will be signing books and talking about Mars Evacuees at Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue, from 6pm to 7 on Thursday, 27th March! Come along.

I hope Mars Evacuees is fun and for adults as well as children. That said, it’s really nice to find out what actual kids think.  I dedicated the book to my first cousin once removed (Erm, I think? Unless she’s my second cousin something something removed I DON’T KNOW, WE’RE SOMEWHAT RELATED), who read the first three chapter at a point when I’d discovered I didn’t have an agent for this book (I thought I did!)  and was feeling pretty downhearted about the whole project. I wanted to find out if an actual child would actually give a damn about what I’d written so far. Freya, who was then about eleven, told me exactly what I needed to hear:

Hello, I really love Mars Evacuees you are definitely hitting the right note!! It is great I think it will be very popular and I find it very amusing and love the way it is told. Though I think that you should maybe not start so many sentences with ‘and’. The name Alice is quite an old name and maybe you should use something more modern. My best friend read a bit and she could not put it down either. I love the subject you have chosen it is very exciting. As soon as it is published I am getting my dad to go and get it for me. Also I have not read enough to know whether it might come up but I think there should be some romance between Alice and Carl. The opening sentence is great and exciting.

 

(She was totally right. I did need to cut down on the sentences starting with “and”. “Alice” wasn’t going anywhere, though.)

 

LoveReading4Kids has a panel of no fewer than nine reviews by children, which are all really positive and delightful to my heart. “’This is a fantastic sci-fi adventure, full of surprises and fun.  I tore through it and loved every minute!” for instance, and “I absolutely love this book in all aspects including space!”After a certain publisher turned Mars Evacuees down on the grounds that “girls won’t read about space and boys won’t read about girls”, I’m particularly pleased to see both boys and girls praising it in exactly the same terms and often saying in so many words “this is a good book for boys and girls.” That’s the idea!

And on Monday another review came in – from Mr Ripley’s Enchanted Books. And it’s pretty amazing.

 

The story is both witty and smart. It is full of friendship and brilliant characters, good times and bad times as well as a few sad times. However these are all explored wonderfully by Sophia.  It’s a joy to read; it has got all the ingredients required to pull off a magical space story. I particularly loved the craziness, playfulness and care free attitude that is evident through this book. This makes me, as on older reader, feel like a big kid and sometimes in this world this can be a wonderful feeling again.

I DON’T think that you can say that you’ve really lived until you have read this book.

Look, I know he said that because he’s riffing off the text on the back cover but the fact is he STILL SAID IT and I will TAKE it.

Now it’s time for another excerpt.  This is from Chapter 3. We’re on the ship to Mars now. Alice Dare, meet Josephine Jerome.

 

 

Read the rest of this entry »

Originally published at Sophia McDougall. You can comment here or there.

MARS EVACUEES — Excerpt #2

halloween

Internet, I have many things to show you. First of all, here I am in the New Statesman on how a bookshop looks to me as a grown (female) writer vs how it looked to me as a little girl. Spoiler: it used to look like Paradise and now looks pretty depressing, but there are signs of hope, especially from Foyles.

We are only three weeks away from Launch Day! And I will be signing books and talking about Mars Evacuees at Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue, from 6pm to 7 on Thursday, 27th March! Come along.

I hope Mars Evacuees is fun and for adults as well as children. That said, it’s really nice to find out what actual kids think.  I dedicated the book to my first cousin once removed (Erm, I think? Unless she’s my second cousin something something removed I DON’T KNOW, WE’RE SOMEWHAT RELATED), who read the first three chapter at a point when I’d discovered I didn’t have an agent for this book (I thought I did!)  and was feeling pretty downhearted about the whole project. I wanted to find out if an actual child would actually give a damn about what I’d written so far. Freya, who was then about eleven, told me exactly what I needed to hear:

Hello, I really love Mars Evacuees you are definitely hitting the right note!! It is great I think it will be very popular and I find it very amusing and love the way it is told. Though I think that you should maybe not start so many sentences with ‘and’. The name Alice is quite an old name and maybe you should use something more modern. My best friend read a bit and she could not put it down either. I love the subject you have chosen it is very exciting. As soon as it is published I am getting my dad to go and get it for me. Also I have not read enough to know whether it might come up but I think there should be some romance between Alice and Carl. The opening sentence is great and exciting.

 

(She was totally right. I did need to cut down on the sentences starting with “and”. “Alice” wasn’t going anywhere, though.)

 

LoveReading4Kids has a panel of no fewer than nine reviews by children, which are all really positive and delightful to my heart. “’This is a fantastic sci-fi adventure, full of surprises and fun.  I tore through it and loved every minute!” for instance, and “I absolutely love this book in all aspects including space!”After a certain publisher turned Mars Evacuees down on the grounds that “girls won’t read about space and boys won’t read about girls”, I’m particularly pleased to see both boys and girls praising it in exactly the same terms and often saying in so many words “this is a good book for boys and girls.” That’s the idea!

And on Monday another review came in – from Mr Ripley’s Enchanted Books. And it’s pretty amazing.

 

The story is both witty and smart. It is full of friendship and brilliant characters, good times and bad times as well as a few sad times. However these are all explored wonderfully by Sophia.  It’s a joy to read; it has got all the ingredients required to pull off a magical space story. I particularly loved the craziness, playfulness and care free attitude that is evident through this book. This makes me, as on older reader, feel like a big kid and sometimes in this world this can be a wonderful feeling again.

I DON’T think that you can say that you’ve really lived until you have read this book.

Look, I know he said that because he’s riffing off the text on the back cover but the fact is he STILL SAID IT and I will TAKE it.

Now it’s time for another excerpt.  This is from Chapter 3. We’re on the ship to Mars now. Alice Dare, meet Josephine Jerome.

 

 

Read the rest of this entry »

Originally published at Sophia McDougall. You can comment here or there.

MARS EVACUEES — Excerpt #2

halloween

Internet, I have many things to show you. First of all, here I am in the New Statesman on how a bookshop looks to me as a grown (female) writer vs how it looked to me as a little girl. Spoiler: it used to look like Paradise and now looks pretty depressing, but there are signs of hope, especially from Foyles.

We are only three weeks away from Launch Day! And I will be signing books and talking about Mars Evacuees at Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue, from 6pm to 7 on Thursday, 27th March! Come along.

I hope Mars Evacuees is fun and for adults as well as children. That said, it’s really nice to find out what actual kids think.  I dedicated the book to my first cousin once removed (Erm, I think? Unless she’s my second cousin something something removed I DON’T KNOW, WE’RE SOMEWHAT RELATED), who read the first three chapter at a point when I’d discovered I didn’t have an agent for this book (I thought I did!)  and was feeling pretty downhearted about the whole project. I wanted to find out if an actual child would actually give a damn about what I’d written so far. Freya, who was then about eleven, told me exactly what I needed to hear:

Hello, I really love Mars Evacuees you are definitely hitting the right note!! It is great I think it will be very popular and I find it very amusing and love the way it is told. Though I think that you should maybe not start so many sentences with ‘and’. The name Alice is quite an old name and maybe you should use something more modern. My best friend read a bit and she could not put it down either. I love the subject you have chosen it is very exciting. As soon as it is published I am getting my dad to go and get it for me. Also I have not read enough to know whether it might come up but I think there should be some romance between Alice and Carl. The opening sentence is great and exciting.

 

(She was totally right. I did need to cut down on the sentences starting with “and”. “Alice” wasn’t going anywhere, though.)

 

LoveReading4Kids has a panel of no fewer than nine reviews by children, which are all really positive and delightful to my heart. “’This is a fantastic sci-fi adventure, full of surprises and fun.  I tore through it and loved every minute!” for instance, and “I absolutely love this book in all aspects including space!”After a certain publisher turned Mars Evacuees down on the grounds that “girls won’t read about space and boys won’t read about girls”, I’m particularly pleased to see both boys and girls praising it in exactly the same terms and often saying in so many words “this is a good book for boys and girls.” That’s the idea!

And on Monday another review came in – from Mr Ripley’s Enchanted Books. And it’s pretty amazing.

 

The story is both witty and smart. It is full of friendship and brilliant characters, good times and bad times as well as a few sad times. However these are all explored wonderfully by Sophia.  It’s a joy to read; it has got all the ingredients required to pull off a magical space story. I particularly loved the craziness, playfulness and care free attitude that is evident through this book. This makes me, as on older reader, feel like a big kid and sometimes in this world this can be a wonderful feeling again.

I DON’T think that you can say that you’ve really lived until you have read this book.

Look, I know he said that because he’s riffing off the text on the back cover but the fact is he STILL SAID IT and I will TAKE it.

Now it’s time for another excerpt.  This is from Chapter 3. We’re on the ship to Mars now. Alice Dare, meet Josephine Jerome.

 

 

Read the rest of this entry »

Originally published at Sophia McDougall. You can comment here or there.

MARS EVACUEES — Excerpt #2

halloween

Internet, I have many things to show you. First of all, here I am in the New Statesman on how a bookshop looks to me as a grown (female) writer vs how it looked to me as a little girl. Spoiler: it used to look like Paradise and now looks pretty depressing, but there are signs of hope, especially from Foyles.

We are only three weeks away from Launch Day! And I will be signing books and talking about Mars Evacuees at Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue, from 6pm to 7 on Thursday, 27th March! Come along.

I hope Mars Evacuees is fun and for adults as well as children. That said, it’s really nice to find out what actual kids think.  I dedicated the book to my first cousin once removed (Erm, I think? Unless she’s my second cousin something something removed I DON’T KNOW, WE’RE SOMEWHAT RELATED), who read the first three chapter at a point when I’d discovered I didn’t have an agent for this book (I thought I did!)  and was feeling pretty downhearted about the whole project. I wanted to find out if an actual child would actually give a damn about what I’d written so far. Freya, who was then about eleven, told me exactly what I needed to hear:

Hello, I really love Mars Evacuees you are definitely hitting the right note!! It is great I think it will be very popular and I find it very amusing and love the way it is told. Though I think that you should maybe not start so many sentences with ‘and’. The name Alice is quite an old name and maybe you should use something more modern. My best friend read a bit and she could not put it down either. I love the subject you have chosen it is very exciting. As soon as it is published I am getting my dad to go and get it for me. Also I have not read enough to know whether it might come up but I think there should be some romance between Alice and Carl. The opening sentence is great and exciting.

 

(She was totally right. I did need to cut down on the sentences starting with “and”. “Alice” wasn’t going anywhere, though.)

 

LoveReading4Kids has a panel of no fewer than nine reviews by children, which are all really positive and delightful to my heart. “’This is a fantastic sci-fi adventure, full of surprises and fun.  I tore through it and loved every minute!” for instance, and “I absolutely love this book in all aspects including space!”After a certain publisher turned Mars Evacuees down on the grounds that “girls won’t read about space and boys won’t read about girls”, I’m particularly pleased to see both boys and girls praising it in exactly the same terms and often saying in so many words “this is a good book for boys and girls.” That’s the idea!

And on Monday another review came in – from Mr Ripley’s Enchanted Books. And it’s pretty amazing.

 

The story is both witty and smart. It is full of friendship and brilliant characters, good times and bad times as well as a few sad times. However these are all explored wonderfully by Sophia.  It’s a joy to read; it has got all the ingredients required to pull off a magical space story. I particularly loved the craziness, playfulness and care free attitude that is evident through this book. This makes me, as on older reader, feel like a big kid and sometimes in this world this can be a wonderful feeling again.

I DON’T think that you can say that you’ve really lived until you have read this book.

Look, I know he said that because he’s riffing off the text on the back cover but the fact is he STILL SAID IT and I will TAKE it.

Now it’s time for another excerpt.  This is from Chapter 3. We’re on the ship to Mars now. Alice Dare, meet Josephine Jerome.

 

 

Read the rest of this entry »

Originally published at Sophia McDougall. You can comment here or there.

MARS EVACUEES — Excerpt #2

halloween

Internet, I have many things to show you. First of all, here I am in the New Statesman on how a bookshop looks to me as a grown (female) writer vs how it looked to me as a little girl. Spoiler: it used to look like Paradise and now looks pretty depressing, but there are signs of hope, especially from Foyles.

We are only three weeks away from Launch Day! And I will be signing books and talking about Mars Evacuees at Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue, from 6pm to 7 on Thursday, 27th March! Come along.

I hope Mars Evacuees is fun and for adults as well as children. That said, it’s really nice to find out what actual kids think.  I dedicated the book to my first cousin once removed (Erm, I think? Unless she’s my second cousin something something removed I DON’T KNOW, WE’RE SOMEWHAT RELATED), who read the first three chapter at a point when I’d discovered I didn’t have an agent for this book (I thought I did!)  and was feeling pretty downhearted about the whole project. I wanted to find out if an actual child would actually give a damn about what I’d written so far. Freya, who was then about eleven, told me exactly what I needed to hear:

Hello, I really love Mars Evacuees you are definitely hitting the right note!! It is great I think it will be very popular and I find it very amusing and love the way it is told. Though I think that you should maybe not start so many sentences with ‘and’. The name Alice is quite an old name and maybe you should use something more modern. My best friend read a bit and she could not put it down either. I love the subject you have chosen it is very exciting. As soon as it is published I am getting my dad to go and get it for me. Also I have not read enough to know whether it might come up but I think there should be some romance between Alice and Carl. The opening sentence is great and exciting.

 

(She was totally right. I did need to cut down on the sentences starting with “and”. “Alice” wasn’t going anywhere, though.)

 

LoveReading4Kids has a panel of no fewer than nine reviews by children, which are all really positive and delightful to my heart. “’This is a fantastic sci-fi adventure, full of surprises and fun.  I tore through it and loved every minute!” for instance, and “I absolutely love this book in all aspects including space!”After a certain publisher turned Mars Evacuees down on the grounds that “girls won’t read about space and boys won’t read about girls”, I’m particularly pleased to see both boys and girls praising it in exactly the same terms and often saying in so many words “this is a good book for boys and girls.” That’s the idea!

And on Monday another review came in – from Mr Ripley’s Enchanted Books. And it’s pretty amazing.

 

The story is both witty and smart. It is full of friendship and brilliant characters, good times and bad times as well as a few sad times. However these are all explored wonderfully by Sophia.  It’s a joy to read; it has got all the ingredients required to pull off a magical space story. I particularly loved the craziness, playfulness and care free attitude that is evident through this book. This makes me, as on older reader, feel like a big kid and sometimes in this world this can be a wonderful feeling again.

I DON’T think that you can say that you’ve really lived until you have read this book.

Look, I know he said that because he’s riffing off the text on the back cover but the fact is he STILL SAID IT and I will TAKE it.

Now it’s time for another excerpt.  This is from Chapter 3. We’re on the ship to Mars now. Alice Dare, meet Josephine Jerome.

 

 

Read the rest of this entry »

Originally published at Sophia McDougall. You can comment here or there.

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Yikes, UK publication of Mars Evacuees  is only a month away. (March 27th).  How is that even possible?  Should you have misssed the orange glory, you can see the UK cover over on Mr Ripley’s Enchanted Books.

Soon I will be going to places and doing things and talking to people, and I have already written several articles and that’s why I am lying on the floor of the midst of an extremely untidy flat right now. But for the

I’ll be publishing an excerpt a week until publication.  Let’s start with the whole of Chapter 1, in which our narrator, Alice Dare, learns she will be going to Mars. She takes it fairly well, all considered.

 

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Originally published at Sophia McDougall. You can comment here or there.