ABOUT

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Jon Robinson was born in 1983 in Middlesex. His first novel for young adults, NOWHERE was published by Penguin Random House Children’s in 2013, followed by the sequels ANYWHERE (2014) and SOMEWHERE (2015). He lives in Canterbury, Kent.

2 responses to “ABOUT

  1. Hello Jon!
    You visited my school, Dr challoners high, but I was on a school trip that day so unfortunately, I could not meet you. However, and I don’t know if you remember, you met my mum who works in my school library as one of the librarians and I think she mentioned me. Your books Nowhere and Anywhere were AMAZING…one of the best books I have read in a long time am I am really looking forward to reading Somewhere! The plot was so exciting and unique…how did you come up with the idea for your novel? It’s my dream to be an author, and I was also wondering if you had any tips? Thank you!

    • Hi Anushka! I do indeed remember meeting your mum at Dr Challoners… I’m so, so pleased you enjoyed Nowhere and Anywhere, thank you so much for the compliment! As for where I got the idea – I’m not entirely sure, but a ton of different places (psychology experiments, fascination with coincidences, love of prison escapes) so everything just came together into a story

      As for tips on being an author, I would say

      a) write the kind of story you would love to read
      b) don’t ever give up (I had far too many rejections to keep count of) but at the same time be flexible (I’d never written YA before Nowhere)
      c) read a lot and write a lot! The more you write the better you’ll get, so write as much as you can … and experiment!

      Thanks so much for your comment Anushka, hopefully I’ll do another event at Dr Challoners in the coming year or so!

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