What books have you written?

YA novels Dark Days, and shape-shifter circus duology The Wanderers and The Pack for Sky Pony Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing.

Quick reads MADEThe Trick and One Way as part of Badger Learning’s teen series particularly suitable for struggling or reluctant readers.

Picture books The Upside-Down Fish, illustrated by Laura Matine, Pierre the French Bulldog Recycles, illustrated by Bethany Straker, and Tough Cookie, illustrated by Grace Sandford, written under the name Kate Louise for Sky Pony Press.

Can I have an ARC of your book for my review site?

If the title is not yet published and you’d like to request a review copy, please contact the publisher with your interest.

Where can I buy your books?

From book stores, online retailers and publisher websites. All links on where to buy can be found on the book pages of this site.

What inspired you to start writing?

Reading! I discovered a love of reading YA books during my time at university studying Fine Art Painting (long journeys!) and decided to try a new creative angle and experiment with writing.

How often do you read and what do you read?

I read every day, or close enough. Mostly young-adult novels – some middle-grade and adult lit too. You can see what I’m reading on Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram, or the blog page.

How do I get a literary agent?

Make sure your manuscript is finished and to a high standard. Decide which agents and agencies best fit your work. Follow their submission guidelines carefully. Do your research – address agents by name and briefly mention why you’re submitting to them. Send out queries in batches and keep note of where your book is and how long it has been there. I find working on something else while waiting for responses  helpful.

How did you get published?

I signed with a literary agent. We worked together on the manuscript for a while, then sent it out on submission to publishers. The editor at Sky Pony Press sent an offer via my agent.

Can I interview you for my site?

Thank you for thinking of me! Please email me at kateormandauthor (at) gmail (dot) com with details.

Will you read my manuscript?

If you are seeking detailed feedback on your work, I recommend Cornerstones or The Literary Consultancy to assist you on a fee-paying basis. I’ve also worked with author of The Next Together and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, Lauren James, who offers editorial services, Sky Pony Press editor Nicole Frail, and Amy Tipton’s Feral Girl Books – all of who I can recommend and really trust with my work. Or you could join one of the many writing workshop communities such as SCWBI and Golden Egg Academy.