My name is Philippa and I believe that writing is one of the wonders of life that costs nothing when you scribe thoughts with pen to paper (or fingers to keyboards, or plumes to parchment - whichever helps you most!)
My first collection of books, The Anouka Chronicles, I am happy to say, is based on the whimsical, magical realism traits of my own children. They shan't sue me for deformation of character. They play wondrous characters and meet witches and goblins and stinky art teachers, and werewolves and time travel and chimney sweeps from 1899, and talking stags and tiny men and mothers who cannot abide their spells not working. Surely that is fantasy?
I started out writing for enjoyment on personal commutes to London as a PA. You'd think that the latent train delays and the bustle of noisy commuters would surely turn anyone off from concentration? But, I found the opposite. I managed to fall into the lull of voices, wheels and phones and play that to my advantage (okay, a few grumbles if I didn't get a seat, but that was few and far between as I live way out in "Greater Bungchip", Kent. You shan't find that on the Ordnance Survey Map if you had just started to look; I made it up. Fictional. Do you think I would tell you where I lived after creating and publishing the first two Honey Hollings books? The second book in the self-deprecating Honey Hollings series, A Walk on the Wild Side? The upside of writing fictions is you can create "purely coincidental characters" otherwise, by now, I'd likely be in prison!) :)
I was so lucky to be asked by Waterstones for a collection of book-signings which were such delightful affairs. Children and parents meeting me? What more could one ask for of a Saturday?
I visit prep and state schools regularly to encourage, to entertain and to help instil a sense of fun and magic into the lives of children. A live talk with a person is far more intriguing than wondering if what if? - if you are an inspiring author? Books entertain and teach and guide and create a familiarity and a resonance between the words and the reader. One recent school for World Book Day 2019 was a fantastically wonderful invite to Sutton Valence Senior School.
"World Book Day
07 March 2019
On Thursday, the First and Second Forms celebrated World Book Day by having a visit from local children’s author, Philippa Joyner. Philippa has written a fantasy series called The Anouka Chronicles and was recommended to us by Waterstones. She writes about quirky, magical characters and her books are fast-paced and full of magic, mystery and suspense.
Philippa spoke about her inspiration and also encouraged our pupils to write their own stories. The children had a chance to see how different their ideas would be. They wrote a short piece of creative writing in threes and then read it out to everyone. There were certainly some very original ideas – so perhaps we have some budding authors in our midst!"
Librarian: Sutton Valence Senior School
I've also lectured from an author stance to the WI. And only two of them fell asleep.
Here is the Author Link to my works, and I am happy to say that the writing is just part of the fun. Meeting people who like my work, and signing books for real, is the icing on the mountain!!!! https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B07L44MY25
“Anyone looking for a new Children’s fantasy series should look no further than Philippa Joyner’s ‘Anouka Chronicles’. Full of magic, mystery and suspense you can’t help but be drawn into their world. Perfect for readers in the 9-16 age range, great for Harry Potter fans looking for an alternative fantasy world to get absorbed into.” - Sarah, Waterstones, Maidstone, U.K.
“The books feature an abundance of parallel worlds, mystery, peril, suspense and well-written protagonists which readers can empathise with easily. They bear comparison to Philip Pullman, C.S Lewis, Alan Garner and Kiran Millwood-Hargrave, and will be loved by fans of these authors.” - Paul, Waterstones, Ashford, U.K.
"We really appreciate the time and effort that has gone into your submission. There is much to enjoy – you have a lovely, warm and engaging voice." HarperImpulse
The Anouka Chronicles:
“Philippa shows great skill in making her engaging characters spring to life.”
“Philippa Joyner’s debut novel grabs you from the very first page. It is extremely well thought out, very visual, and Philippa shows great skill in making her engaging characters spring to life as individuals you care about. Readers will find themselves quickly drawn into their unique and fast paced adventures. Full of excitement, quirky humour and magical wonder. A real page turner this. I bought it as a present and read it all in one go before wrapping it up. It deserves more stars, but five is the maximum available to give! I have a feeling that Anouka will entrance a great many readers. Read it - you’ll be hooked!” “I read this in two days and loved it. Couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. Now to convince my 11 year old reluctant reader to give it a go... I think he would love it too. I can’t wait for the next adventure. Reminded me a little of the Faraway Tree (Enid Blyton) but more up to date, grown up and exciting.”
“Brilliant brilliant read.....providing you can get your kids to let you read them!”
“Ordered Book two today! Can’t wait to see if Anouka is as spooky as the cover!!! If you love C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, then The Anouka Chronicles also needs to be let out the wardrobe! Pick up a copy of William’s werewolf encounter (which is far better than getting into strife with his sister, Belle Joy.)”
“This clever author has written a sequel, The Silver Chalice! You should totally buy it. Unless you haven’t read the first one. In which case you should buy them both!”
“Brilliant brilliant read - Well written with quirky characters who are realistic throughout! Heartily recommended for Narnia fans as this is like a Contemporary Narnia! V. Funny. I found this new author online in the U.K. at her initial launch perhaps.”
This was a wonderful event. The author is so vibrant and explanatory and had so much time for me buying and choosing my books from her. The books are magical! Well done, Philippa and good luck!
Philippa W. Joyner has worked professionally as a P.A. for two decades, but in 2013 she was inspired by her children’s whimsical offerings and active imaginations. The author originally grew up in Hertfordshire, and completed her studies at Bangor University, Wales gaining a B.A. Hons with Distinction in French and Theatre. She currently resides in her chocolate box village in Kent at the foot of the North Downs with her husband, two children, a newly acquired naughty puppy, and a multitude of wildlife which inspired her next collection of adult books akin to Bill Bryson's wild travels.