Alexandra Sheppard

Alexandra Sheppard

YA author

https://www.alexandrasheppard.com/
alexsheppardsb@gmail.com
07729623939
Booking enquiry
Alexandra Sheppard - author tools

Available for

After dinner, Commission a book, General enquiry, Interview, Reading, Speech, Talk, Workshop

Audiences

Age 11 to 14, Further Education

Genres

Comedy, Fiction, Humour, Magical realism, Mythology

Book types

Young Adult

Details

I'm now accepting bookings for Black History Month in October 2019 and World Book Day 2020.

My debut YA novel OH MY GODS was published in January 2019. Since then, I've had the pleasure of visiting KS3 classes at schools and bookshops around London - it's the best part of the job! My workshops and talks are highly interactive, drawing answers from the most reticent of pupils. As my book OH MY GODS is aimed at readers aged 11+, my workshops are best suited for Years 7/8:

Assembly Options

1. So You Want to Be a Writer? - A talk about the childhood experiences that shaped the writer I am today, plus practical tips for any budding writers.

2. My Path to Publication - I talk through the process of getting a book deal and becoming a published author, emphasising the resilience and patience needed to fulfil your dreams.

Workshop Options

1. 21st Century Gods - From the goddess of hunting to the god of winemaking, the worship of deities in the ancient world gives us insight into their values and way of life. I invite your pupils to imagine how this system of deities could be transferred to their lives today - god of memes or goddess of music streaming, for example! - and what that says about our values. 

2. Myths Made Modern - Together we explore the enduring nature of myths, legends and folklore in popular Western culture. Through a series of creative writing exercises, pupils modernise a well-known myth/fairy tale of their choice.

3. Behind the Book Cover - I take the pupils through the process of designing a book cover from start to finish, using my own novel OH MY GODS as an example. Pupils will then be tasked with designing their own book cover based on a brief provided by me.

I'm based in North London but I'm happy to travel around the UK and internationally. I'm also available for virtual author visits via Skype. For information on my availability and fees, send me an email. 

 

TESTIMONIALS

"It was a wonderful event and fantastic to see the pupils engaging so well with the concepts surrounding Greek gods and teen fiction. You had them enraptured – who knew we had so many mythologists in our midst?!" - Ms S. Hayden

"The students were incredibly engaged and absolutely loved your visit - I've had glowing reviews this morning from staff and students!" - Miss L. Allen

"Thank you for coming to our school - you helped give me ideas for different stories. Your book sounds amazing!" - Nancy (Year 8)

"Thank you for sharing your book information and writing tips. You are very inspirational and we are lucky to have met you." - Kaila (Year 8)

"It was really interesting and inspiring hearing about the process of your book." - Anna (Year 8)

 

PRAISE FOR OH MY GODS

Buzzfeed's 31 YA Books by Black Authors You Can't Miss This Year

Guardian's 100 best holiday books for 2019

Refinery 29's Best YA Books Written By Black Women That You Haven't Read Yet

"The intelligent, laugh-out-loud book noticeably sets itself apart from other young adult novels in that it’s not solely focused on trauma, despite the protagonist losing her mother at the tender age of 10." - i News

"Oh My Gods is Alexandra Sheppard’s debut YA novel and a formidable introduction to a writer to watch." - Refinery 29

"Although the book is essentially witty and slightly absurd, it deals with challenges and experiences that many teens can identify with and celebrates diversity and individuality." - BookTrust

"It's not often we recommend books written specifically for younger teens, but for Alexandra Sheppard's fun, breezy debut we had to make an exception!" - Pride Magazine

Ancient Greek mythology meets Geek Girl in a very appealing, funny teen debut about a girl living with her chaotic family - who just happen to be Greek gods living incognito." - The Bookseller 

"Often bordering on the absurd, this distinctive tale delightfully juxtaposes the ordinary with the extraordinary, and even manages to explore some Greek mythology as well! This is a fascinating read that will have you laughing out loud on several occasions." - Book Clubs In Schools

"A refreshingly fun read that centres a unique voice in a clever and imaginative way. In the current publishing climate, we definitely need more novels like this." - Rewrite London

Books by Alexandra Sheppard

My debut YA novel was published by Scholastic in January 2019. OH MY GODS is a fun, light-hearted read that deals with themes of identity, mental health, family, bereavement and finding oneself.

978-1407188737

Oh My Gods

Life as a half-mortal teenager should be epic. But, for Helen Thomas, it's tragic. She's just moved in with her dorky dad and self-absorbed older siblings - who happen to be the ancient Greek gods, living incognito in London! Between keeping her family's true identities secret, trying to impress her new friends, and meeting an actually cute boy, Helen's stress levels are higher than Mount Olympus. She needs to rein in her chaotic family before they blow their cover AND her chances at a half-normal social life. Or is Helen fated for an embarrassment of mythical proportions? 

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Keywords

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