Please welcome debut author Julia Gray to the blog, to celebrate the release of her book, The Otherlife.
with author Julia Gray
What is the first book you ever read/remember reading?
The first book I ever read on my own was Five Run Away Together, the third book in Enid Blyton’s Famous Five series.
What is the first book you wrote (either published or unpublished)?
I wrote a novella when I was sixteen all about music and guardian angels, mercifully unpublished, though I still have it in a drawer somewhere.
What is the first book character you loved?
I can think of several: What-A-Mess, Winnie the Pooh, Pippi Longstocking (I loved her chest of drawers full of treasures and her sense of adventure), and, later, Sara Crewe from A Little Princess. I also liked a series of books from the 1930s by Gwynedd Rae about a bear called Mary Plain. Mary was brilliantly eccentric and egocentric and funny.
About The Otherlife
When troubled, quiet Ben begins at the ruthlessly competitive Cottesmore House, school to the richest, most privileged boys, he is befriended by Hobie: the wealthy class bully, product of monstrous indulgence and intense parental ambition.
Hobie is drawn to Ben because he can see the Otherlife: a violent, mythic place where gods and monsters roam. Ben has unnerving visions of Thor and Odin, and of the giant beasts that will destroy them, as well as Loki, god of mischief. Hobie is desperate to be a part of it.
Years later, Ben discovers his beloved tutor Jason is dead. And he can’t help wondering if Hobie – wild, restless, dangerous Hobie, had something to do with it…
About Julia Gray
Julia Gray is a writer and singer-songwriter. She studied Classics at UCL and has a diploma in Children’s Literature and an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck, for which she received the Sophie Warne Fellowship. She has released three albums with the trip-hop/jazz collective Second Person, and more recently two solo albums, I Am Not The Night and Robber Bride.
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