Take Back The Skies By Lucy Saxon Blog Tour Launch & Guest Post

I am so happy to have the opportunity to launch the TAKE BACK THE SKIES blog tour. Written by Lucy Saxon, this is a sci-fi book that cannot be missed! Thank you, Bloomsbury, for allowing me to participate in this tour!

~*~A Little About The Book~*~

Catherine Hunter is the daughter of a senior government official on the island of Anglya. She’s one of the privileged – she has luxurious clothes, plenty to eat, and is protected from the Collections which have ravaged families throughout the land. But Catherine longs to escape the confines of her life, before her dad can marry her off to a government brat and trap her forever.

So Catherine becomes Cat, pretends to be a kid escaping the Collections, and stows away on the skyship Stormdancer. As they leave Anglya behind and brave the storms that fill the skies around the islands of Tellus, Cat’s world becomes more turbulent than she could ever have imagined, and dangerous secrets unravel her old life once and for all . . .


~*~Guest Post On Writing Advice for Young Writers~*~

Writing, in any form, is a time consuming pastime. Not just the actual act of writing, but the planning and the character development and the epic procrastination involved whenever you hit a snag. It can be difficult to find time to write, especially at an age where school has to take priority.

I was quite lucky in that respect; having been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome at the age of 12, I spent a lot of time off school, which gave me plenty of time to write. However, I still had the schoolwork to keep track of. In some ways it was harder; with no set schooling hours, no teachers forcing me to sit down and work, it was all too easy to spend an entire day or even a week writing, frequently promising myself I’d tackle that History essay in an hour or two. There was no one to keep me in check but myself, which meant I had to be very disciplined with my writing time.

There were plenty of times I left some homework until midnight because I was too caught up in a scene. And there were plenty of times I got an entire month’s worth of homework done in a day because I would rather do literally anything other than try and figure out why my plot was stuck. The trick is to make sure you don’t start leaning more towards one than the other; accept the fact that you have stuff to do, and it needs to be done, and the sooner you get it finished the sooner you can get back to writing.

All writers, no matter their age, have things they need to balance with their writing. Whether it’s another job, or a family, or a very active social life, there’s going to be something that will compete for their time. But I’ve always found that if you’re passionate about your writing, if you have a story that needs to be written, then you’ll find the time to write it no matter what. Telling yourself you don’t have time is just an excuse.

If you’re still of an age where school is something you need to balance with your writing, then I’m sorry to say you need to be sensible – writing can be done whenever you want, schoolwork can’t. Get everything with a deadline out of the way before you decide to spend a whole evening writing. I know it’s tempting to write first and work later, but down that path lies sleepless nights, failed assignments and endless stress.

I’m a big fan of the to-do list, but I’m very much of the opinion that time management is different for everyone, and you should find what works best for you. But don’t start telling yourself you won’t have time to write until you graduate. If you have a story, tell it; just don’t neglect your work in the process!

~*~About The Author~*~

Lucy Saxon has always loved reading, but her love of writing began at the age of 12 when she first suffered from the neurological disorder ME (chronic fatigue syndrome). She found herself missing lengthy periods of school, giving her the opportunity to indulge in creative writing. TAKE BACK THE SKIES is her debut novel. It was inspired by a dream and Lucy submitted a version of it to the National Novel Writing Month’s online competition. Lucy can often be found attending comic and fantasy conventions and ALWAYS makes her own, very impressive costumes. She is on Twitter at @Lucy_Saxon.

~*~The Rest of The Tour~*~

Don't forget to check out what other awesomeness awaits you!

Monday, June 2: Lili’s Reflections
Tuesday, June 3: Finding Bliss in Books
Wednesday, June 4: Head Stuck in a Book
Thursday, June 5: On Starships and Dragonwings
Friday, June 6: Skye’s Scribblings
Monday, June 9: The Bookish Daydreamer
Tuesday, June 10: Jessabella Reads
Wednesday, June 11: Hello Chelly
Thursday, June 12: That Artsy Reader Girl
Friday, June 13: The Windy Pages

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