11th August 2017 | Electric Voices
As an author, one of the most difficult things is to write a good (emphasis: good) book set in the modern day which still feels like it could be relevant in 20 years’ time.
After all, technology changes and – most of the time – too many references to Instagram can make a book seem like it is pandering to a YA audience.
Karen McManus has nailed it with her first book (‘One of Us Is Lying’) and is proving that she has the skills to become a long-lasting name in YA fiction.
Our second Electric Voices author (for more information on what that means, click here), Karen McManus is behind ‘One of Us Is Lying’ a murder-mystery set in a school detention.
Five strangers walk into detention, and only four walk out alive.
James Gilmore interviewed Karen McManus about the book and kicks off our year following the journey to her next book...
James Gilmore interviews our second Electric Voices author Karen McManus about her debut YA book 'One Of Us Is Lying' to kick off our year following the journey to her next book... (7 minutes)
15th June 2017 | Electric Voices
We love Emily Barr.
OK, we can’t just write that – but it’s very true.
Emily Barr is truly expanding the remit of what it means to be a YA author – after all, that’s why we selected her as one of our Electric Voices authors (for more information on what that means, click here).
Although the author of thirteen adult books, including ‘Backpack’ an adult thriller which won the WH Smith New Talent Award, ‘The One Memory of Flora Banks’ is her first YA novel – and it’s unlike anything we have read before (in a good way… a very very good way).
‘The One Memory of Flora Banks’ follows Flora, a teenage girl who lives with anterograde amnesia and has to re-remember her life several times each day. The book is set against the backdrop of an obsessive first love, with a setting that moves between Cornwall and the midnight sun of the Arctic summer.
James Gilmore interviewed Emily Barr about the book and kicks off our year of following the journey to her next book...
James Gilmore interviews Emily Barr about her debut YA book 'The One Memory of Flora Banks' to kick off Electric Voices as we follow Emily in the next year following the journey to her next book... (13 minutes)
15th June 2017 | Electric Voices
W!ZARD Radio Media is proud to launch Electric Voices, our new initiative to promote exciting YA authors.
Electric Voices will be following the journey’s of three YA authors over the course of 12 months who will be working with W!ZARD Radio Media across the year to track their journey, through writing, promotion and all of the highs and lows of being a YA author.
The initiative will be launching with Penguin Random House UK and three of their authors: Emily Barr (‘The One Memory of Flora Banks’), Julie Israel (‘Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index’) and Karen M. McManus (‘One Of Us Is Lying’).
Through-out the upcoming year, W!ZARD Radio Station will be collaborating with all three authors on interviews, thought-pieces, music-related projects and more – bringing young readers closer than ever to YA talent.
Click here to hear our first piece of content as part of Electric Voices - an interview with Emily Barr.