As part of the Cornish Reading Challenge, I caught up with Sharon Tregenza, author of The Shiver Stone.
Tregenza grew up in West Cornwall with four siblings, and spent a lot of time exploring the beautiful coves and beaches, which served as inspiration for a lot of her books. Now married with two children, Tregenza has lived in many places, including Cyprus, Dubai, Pembrokeshire and Bristol, but she now lives in a converted chapel in a small village outside Bath.
Her first children’s novel, Tarantula Tide, won the Kelpies Prize and The Heart of Hawick Award. Her second, middle-grade novel, The Shiver Stone, was published in 2014.
Carys has a lot on her plate: a mystery to solve, a new friend to help,a dog to look after – in the shape of tiny Yorkshire terrier Tia – and her father’s girlfriend to ignore. Risking the dangers of the sea and cliffs around her home town of Carreg, and watched over by the Shiver Stone,Carys and her friend Jago must face their greatest fears in this action-packed thriller.
Tregenza has two Masters degrees, one in creative writing from the University of Wales and the other in writing for young people from Bath Spa University. She is a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, The Scattered Authors Society and Children’s Book Insider.
Tregenza spent time in Penzance, but also lived in Mousehole.
I love them both. Although I moved away years ago and have since lived in several countries and different counties – Cornwall will always be home.
She’s currently working on a children’s book set in Cornwall.
It’s a fast-paced mystery and involves sinkholes, a dilapidated old workhouse and an Aztec sacrificial knife.
Tregenza hibernates during the winter and spring to write, but she will be making some appearances in the summer. Check her website or social media for more details.
Her advice for aspiring writers is simple:
Never give up, and don’t listen to people who say you can’t do it.
She’s currently reading The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell.
This or That
Seaside or countryside? SEASIDE
Ice cream or pasty? PASTY
Sunshine or rain? BOTH
E-book or paperback? PAPERBACK
Tea or coffee? COFFEE! COFFEE! COFFEE!
To read Sharon’s guest blog on The Bandwagon, which features her recommendations for the Cornish Reading Challenge, click here.