L3 & U3 Pupils Meet Author Lucy Saxon
Author and Old Stortfordian Lucy Saxon is now a regular visitor to the College, so it was an absolute pleasure to have her back to talk to pupils about her third novel in the Tellus series, The City Bleeds Gold.
In sessions with L3rd and U3rd classes in the morning Lucy told the pupils that although she was a keen reader at school, her favourite subjects were maths and physics. Her love of writing began at the age of 12, when she first suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. She found herself missing lengthy periods of school, giving her the opportunity to indulge in creative writing. The first draft of Take Back the Skies was written when Lucy was just 16, as part of the National Novel Writing Month. The rest has been a young writer’s dream; she was signed up by a literary agent, and, after editing and redrafts, her first novel was published by Bloomsbury to huge critical acclaim as part of a major three-book series deal.
Lucy describes her life now as “full time writer, and part time cowgirl” (she spends part of the year in Arkansas working on a ranch!) and declared it to be the best job, and “probably the only one you can do in your pyjamas”. Lucy gave an insight into how the ideas for her books came about, and offered writing tips and advice for any would-be authors. She also shared some of her own experiences of being a pupil at the College only a few years ago, but would not be drawn as to who was her favourite teacher!
The lunchtime book club session gave Lucy the opportunity to hear some direct feedback from her readers, and it was evident that there had been a real connection with the book with many of them as they offered up their candid views.
The overwhelming response was one of awe and admiration for such a tremendous achievement at such a young age. We look forward to having Lucy back with book 4!
Rosie Pike, Prep School Librarian