Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer by Lily Mae Walters ** Blog Tour Author Post & Giveaway**

I am delighted to be featuring Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer on Cat and Mouse Reading... today. It was published on June 1st 2018.  Aimed at the 8-12 years age range, it should be a great Middle Grade read.Its author, Lily Mae Walters is stopping with a great author post with some background on writing her main character of Josie James.There is also a Giveaway for you to enter- details of how to enter are at the end of this post. 

Josie James is an ordinary 13 year old until something extraordinary happens during her summer holidays.

Whist staying at her Great Grandmother's cottage in the country she finds herself swept into the cursed world of Suncroft where it is perpetual winter.

Her new friends believe she could be the Chosen One who it is foretold  will lift the curse, but there are more pressing matters.
The Teardrops of Summer - magical crystals that render the owner immortal - have been stolen.  Along with her telepathic husky-dog Protector Asher and her new friends, Josie must race to find the Teardrops and prevent catastrophe for their world.
Welcome to Cat and Mouse Reading... Lily Mae. Tell us all about creating Josie James.

Lily Mae Walters: 

Josie James is thirteen years old and lives in Coventry.  She has a small group of friends that she spends most of her time with, but Becky is her closest and dearest friend.  Like most girls her age she enjoys listening to music and watching films and is of course slightly obsessed with fashion and her phone.

One of her favourite past times is making up stories with her friends.  They take it in turns to write a short adventure with themselves as the main character and tell it to each other at one of their regular sleep overs.

I have tried to make Josie as real as possible.  I’ve thought back to when I was her age and what I enjoyed doing but as that was the late 1980s I have had to bring her to the modern age.  To do this I have focused on things my daughter and her friends have done or said in the past.  We never had mobile phones when I was a teenager and I never really bothered whether I was wearing Nike or Adidas, as long as I felt good in my clothes that was all that mattered to me.
I didn’t want Josie to be a spoilt child, so although she is an only child from a fairly well off family she isn’t just given everything she wants and of course the trauma of her red hair is the absolute bane of her life.  To some people this might seem vain but we all have our inner turmoil and things we are not happy with and to a thirteen year old girl that wants to just fit in and slip by unnoticed, bright red hair is the last thing you want.

I decided to base her in a real school and a real street to give the character more of a grounding.  Josie goes to my old school and lives in my childhood home and many of her experiences here are based on things that happened to me, although people that know the area will know it is another high school at the bottom of the road and not exactly as I have described it in the books.

Basing Josie very firmly in the real world makes the world of Suncroft even more magical to me.  It seems to give more of a contrast to the imaginary village and characters.  Using my experiences and places I know helps keep Josie an everyday character, someone you would bump into in the street or at the local shop and I hope readers enjoy those parts of the stories.

Now Josie has been to Suncroft we start to see Suncroft filtering into her world more and more and I love writing these bits.  How would a teenage girl react to such a situation?  And to answer that I think back to when I was her age and what I would have done.  Josie is a very real character to me, she lives and breathes inside my head and I love bringing her to life between the pages of the books.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.
About the Author
Lily Mae Walters chose her pen name in honour of her beloved grandparents who also star in the Josie James series.

She is married with two teenage children, and two huskies that are the inspiration behind Murphy and Asher in the books.

Lily Mae lives in Nuneaton, England and finds herself using local  places and even her old school in her stories.

Family and friends mean the world to Lily Mae and many will find themselves popping up throughout the series.

Lily Mae also writes for adults under the name of Florence Keeling.
You can follow Lily Mae here: Facebook  |  Instagram 
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Book link: Amazon UK 
Thanks to Lily Mae Walters and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources  for a place on the tour.  
Giveaway (UK only)

To win a signed copy of Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer  (UK Only) just follow the link below and good luck!

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