Author Cathy Cassidy has been visiting schools in Worthing to talk about her latest new book, Broken Heart Club.
She visited both Worthing and Davison high school, as well as junior schools in the area.
Ann Warwick, learning resources manager at Davison, said: “She gave a presentation to year sevens and then did an author signing. The girls were very excited about having this amazing opportunity to meet and talk to such a popular author as Cathy Cassidy.”
Worthing High School said it was thrilled to welcome the bestselling, award-winning author to the school.
Cathy told students she started writing in her little blue shed at the bottom of her garden in Scotland.
One of her favourite things to do is daydream, which has helped her harness the skills for her creative writing and form imaginary worlds which she then recreates into mood boards for starting a new book.
She also showed the students how drawing pictures helps her to form her main characters.
One of the inspirations for her new book started years ago when she was at a book signing and five very persistent fans asked her if she would include them in one of her books.
They said they were The Heart Club as their initials formed the word heart and constantly emailed her over the years for her to include them somewhere in one of her books.
This now forms the theme for Broken Heart Club, the main characters being Hasmita, Eden, Andy, Ryan and Tasha.
Amanda Phelan, learning resources manager, said: “We took a fun quiz to see which character of her new book we are most like.
“We explored all the exciting areas of her website from the Dreamcatcher Blog to competitions which our students are very keen to take part in.
“She was amazing and students were so excited talking to her afterwards as she signed their books and spent time individually answering their questions.”
Cathy Cassidy is one of the UK’s top selling children’s authors and has twice won the prestigious Queen of Teen Award.
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