Write Mentor and Oh My Gods by Alexandra Sheppard

As many you have read, I’m taking a pro active approach to writing my upcoming lower MG novel and I have been to my second Write Mentor weekend.
I genuinely love them. I get so much writing done and get clarification on where I want to go (or need to go)
You also get to speak to an agent who reads some of your work and answers all your questions.
If you are a writer, I really recommend them.
I’m looking into doing another one around London in the upcoming months! I have dreams of nipping to Dublin or Edinburgh or Coventry too but I have to be sensible being a full time nanny working 57 hours plus a week too!

Not only do I get to meet other upcoming writers, I am taught by fully fledged published authors. This week is Alexandra Sheppard!

So this blog, like with Emily Critchley’s Notes on my family is for your older siblings.

How did your book come about?

OH MY GODS is a fusion of the things I loved reading about the most as a teen. It combines my love of Greek mythology with the angsty teen diaries I couldn’t get enough of (think Adrian Mole, The Princess Diaries and Angus, Thongs & Full-Frontal Snogging). I came up with the concept when I was watching an old movie with my family one Sunday afternoon – it was called Down to Earth and starred Rita Hayworth as one of the Greek muses, who ends up coming down from Mount Olympus to play herself in a Broadway musical. It got me thinking: what if the Greek gods lived on earth? What would they do for a living? And how would it feel to be a half-mortal in that family? I wrote the first chapter not long after that!

What do you think your readers learn from your book?

I hope my readers learn that there’s no such thing as a ‘normal’ family. That Bad Things might happen but it’s possible to pick up the pieces and keep going, even if things will never be the same again. And that no matter how annoying their siblings get, I hope they’re grateful that they don’t have Aphrodite for a big sister!

And a little bit about your journey. 

I’m not sure if there’s a typical author journey. But if there is, I certainly didn’t take it. I dropped out of my English Lit degree in the first year and I’ve worked in social media and advertising ever since. I started writing OMGs six years ago after being frustrated at myself for putting it off for long enough. I wrote in the early mornings before work and occasionally on weekends, revising drafts until a literary agent contacted me on Twitter requesting to see the full manuscript (there’s nothing like an interested agent to get you motivated to finish a draft…). I signed with them not long after sending over my fourth draft. 

I’m currently working on my second novel, balancing writing with freelancing and school visits.

If you’d like to learn more about her, look at her website or follow her on social media:

My website: https://www.alexandrasheppard.com/
My Twitter: https://twitter.com/alexsheppard
My Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexsheppard19/

More to books…

Thank you to Alex for hinting at the books that inspired her to mix them up to make Oh My Gods!

Angus, thongs and full frontal snogging by Louise Rennison
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
The secret diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend

Show your older siblings with their favourite book at the moment or even better, with copy of the books in today’s blog!

Published by moretobooks

Award- winning author of the book: “There’s more to books than reading- how to help your child bring stories to life” With a Masters in Education, I have taught as a School teacher across Northern England and have worked as a Nanny/Governess in London and across the world. I support parents and nannies to bring learning into the home in an exciting and purposeful way. Also a speaker at events such as NannyPalooza and the International Nanny Day 2017 and featured in the Nanny Magazine (USA) and Childcare Magazine (UK)

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