kim river


. . . to my website!

I love the ace new 'A Seven-Letter Word' art upgrade on my website. Thanks to my fab website designer, Bookswarm, to the design team at Macmillan Children's Books and to artist Helen Crawford-White who also designed the cover of 'Smart'.

You'll find lots of extras and info about my BRAND NEW YA novel, 'A Seven-Letter Word' and my debut novel SMART - now nominated for 20 UK book awards (plus one Italian!), including the Federation of Children's Book Groups Prize 16, Carnegie Prize 15 and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 15 and masses of fantastic regional awards that mean so much because lots are voted for by the children themselves.

SMART is WINNER of the Leeds Book Award 15, the St Helen's Book Award (BASH) 15, the Tower Hamlets Book Award 15, the EMBA Geoffrey Trease Children's Book Award 15, The Brilliant Book Award 2016 and the 1066 Schools Book Award 2016.

Catch up here with details of my new book 'A Seven-Letter Word', published 24th March 2016 and now available to pre-order...not to mention the chance to win stuff in regular competitions!

If you've read one of my books and enjoyed, please do drop me a line on my 'contact' page or email What my readers think is really important to me and I read and reply to every message!

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March 25, 2016

My second Young Adult novel, ‘A Seven-Letter Word’ was launched at Waterstones, Nottingham last night. Here I am in the taxi with perfect makeup professionally applied by my daughter…on our way and very excited! A sell-out crowd was treated to specta …


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In our youth obsessed society, it’s no joke trying to maintain the bags of confidence and enthusiasm required to forge a new writing career in midlife, on top of trying to get your work noticed by an agent or a publisher. It’s easy to forget that we, m …