Monday, June 6, 2011

Calamitous Queen Blog Tour

Hi Everyone,

Over the next few weeks I'm blog touring for The Calamitous Queen, the fourth and final book of my humorous fantasy series for younger readers (and older ones still young at heart), Grim and Grimmer. It's published by Scholastic Australia, and and you can read the first chapters here, 

Emajicka is marching on Grimmery with an army of a million Fey. Can things possibly get worse?

Yes, they can, for Ike is all alone. Mellie has gone, attempting to pull off the perfect crime. Lord Monty is at war with his reattached head. The beautiful sprite Mothooliel wants to steal Ike’s eyeballs, and Grogire the firewyrm plans to kill him in the most disgusting way.

Can Pook and Ike free the Collected children? Will Ike discover the secret of the Gate Guardians and clear his parents’ names in time to save Grimmery? Or will Spleen and Nuckl finally feast on Ike’s innards?

Brace yourselves for a wild ride.

  • "Fast and furious and very funny." Reading Time
  • "The funniest horror story you'll read in a long while." Good Reading
  • "Very funny, as well as dangerous, gory and grotty."
  • "Funny and fast paced. Recommended." Bookseller and Publisher.
  • "The fun explodes off every page." Richard Harland, international bestselling author
  • "A wonderful tale. Delightfully dark and delicious." Jacq Ellem,
  • "I gasped and laughed my way through these three books." Dee White, Kids' Book Capers.

For blurbs, covers and first chapters for the series, see 


May 27, 2011
Gabrielle Wang’s Blog
How writers work
June 6, 2011
Ian Irvine

Introducing the Calamitous Queen blog tour
June 7, 2011
Nords Wharf Public School
Questions from students
June 8, 2011
Susan Stephenson, The Book Chook

Literacy and writing
June 9, 2011
Catriona Hoy

Humour and writing
June 10, 2011
Kid’s Book Capers – Dee White

Review of book and interview
June 11, 2011
Sally Murphy

The exciting (or otherwise) life of a writer
June 12, 2001
Claire Saxby

FFF(fun, fantasy, fiction): mix and stire (or how it all comes together)
June 13, 2011
Alison Reynolds

Why Ian wrote this book
June 14, 2011
Dee White (deescribewriting blog)Tuesday Writing Tips

Tips on how to finish a series
15 June 2011
St Joseph’s Primary School

Questions from students
16 June 2011
Sheryl Gwyther
The 10 Best Things about writing 'Grim and Grimmer' + Things that Almost Drove You Nuts!
17 June 2011
Braemar College,
Christine Wilson
Questions from students
18 June, 2011
Writing Children's Books with Robyn Opie

The How-to's of Writing a Series
19 June 2011
Angela Sunde

Where Ian's ideas for the series came from and how he knew there would be four books in it

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