Award-winning author and good friend, Jodi Carmichael, spent almost two years living abroad in England with her family and recently returned to Canada.
What was your favourite part of living in England? What was it like to learn to drive there?
How is that even possible to answer. There was so much that I loved; the people, the architecture, the proximity to mainland Europe, but I suppose what really moved me was the history. You can walk down streets that once were travelled by Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Agatha Christie, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and I could go on and on. For a writer, exploring England is like traveling the road to Mecca.
Finished reading anything worth recommending lately?
I just finished, The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands. It is a fast paced historical mystery that I had a hard time putting down. It had everything a reader could want; secret codes, thrilling action, history, science, and well developed characters. Set in 1665 London, we follow the adventures of Christopher Rowe an apothecary’s apprentice as he cracks codes and opens secret doors, while solving a conspiracy that reaches far beyond the walls of Blackthorn Apothecary. This novel was aimed at middle graders, but anyone who likes a well written mystery with historical and scientific accuracy, and a good number of explosions, would love this book.
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Jodi writes for kids and teens of all ages and is the award-winning author of young adult novel, Forever Julia and chapter book, Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food. She is currently working on an action packed middle grade novel that is full of mystery, clairvoyance, and double agents.