Saturday, 24 November 2012

Lauren St John chat & giveaway

One of Little M's favourite authors - on our blog!!!
Rushing to finish two books (yes, the next Laura Marlin series and the sequel to The One Dollar Horse), we’re delighted that author Lauren St John managed to squeeze in some time for Little M before rushing off to a writing residency at a boarding school!

Little M: What was it like to grow up in Zimbabwe?

Lauren: It's one of the most beautiful countries in the world and it was incredible to grow up surrounded by nature, but I also grew up in a war so I spent quite a bit of my childhood knowing I could die at any time.

Little M: Did you ever have a white giraffe?

Lauren: I didn't have a white giraffe but I did have a pet giraffe called Jenny. When I was 11 we moved to a farm called Rainbow's End, which had a 100-acre private game reserve on it. We had impala, wildebeest, warthogs, monkeys, ostriches and Jenny. It's quite amazing to wake up in the morning and look out of the window and see a giraffe at the bottom of your garden.

Little M: Have you ever ridden a giraffe?

Lauren: I've never ridden a giraffe and I don't think anyone ever has. It's too far to fall!

Little M: Have you ever been on an investigation, like in the Laura Marlin stories?

Lauren: I've done a lot of investigations for The Sunday Times and I love it. It is sort of like being a detective. I did one on spies, which was great fun, and another into dolphin trafficking, which was quite scary because it involved the Russian and Ukrainian mafia.

Little M: Do/did you have a horse or do you just ride?

Lauren: We had eight horses when I was growing up, but now I just ride when I can. I'd love a horse.

Lauren St John

UK Giveaway - The One Dollar Horse

We have 2 copies of The One Dollar Horse to giveaway!
The One Dollar Horse is an adventure story about Casey, whose dream is to win at the Badminton Horse Trials.

To enter:

Please leave a comment on this blog post 


e-mail us: wesatdown2  @  gmail  .  com
using the subject line ONE DOLLAR HORSE


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Using hashtag #onedollarhorse

1. This giveaway closes at 5pm on Monday 3rd December 2012.
2. Two winners will be chosen at random.
3. Winners will be contacted for their postal addresses. Prizes can only be delivered to UK addresses. 
4. If you are younger than 13, please get a parent/guardian's permission to enter.
5. This giveaway is sponsored by the publisher, Orion Children's Books.
Best of luck!



  1. Fab interview, would love to read this one - I've read, and enjoyed, the first Laura Marlin book.

    1. Little M loved this one (and I think @chaletfan rates it too) and every single one of the Laura Marlin mysteries :)

  2. I have the perfect pupil in mind for this book! Well done on a super interview!

    @otleyallsaints6 (@robertsonpw - teacher!)

  3. I can't wait to read this! @_annabelleh_ on twitter!

  4. This giveaway is now closed.

  5. Thanx to everyone who entered. I loved this book, but I can't wait till the second one comes out. :)


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