The Boy is Back - and he's not alone!
He’s now “in Two Heads”, and part of a trilogy. But Themistokles' story of involvement in the Olympics of 432 BCE and how he got there is the same. Back in 2012, I believed his and Suzanne's novel was a one-off, but they had other ideas! As time went on, Themistokles kept ‘telling’ me bits of his later life. At first, I just wrote them down as separate incidents. Then Suzanne began to do the same, and gradually I had another novel. Then a third. So I may not have been posting here for a while, but I have been ‘listening’ and writing, rewriting, researching and, until last March, travelling.
Then, around this time last year, by chance I saw a tweet from Caroline Lawrence (@CarolineLawrenc, millions-selling author of children’s books set in Ancient Rome, and Athens) about The Boy with Two Heads. It said, “Ooh! Another #timeslip to #Athens novel for kids! Written by @JuliaMNewsome in 2012, this one has lots about the Olympic Games. I’m loving it so far!” And there was a picture of my book. I was thrilled! (Although The Boy was not written for kids under 12, nor is only about Athens.)
|from the Amazon web site|
design: Connie Jensen
|The Two Heads by Fliss Watts|
If you are new to this blog and didn’t read the 2012 edition of The Boy, this is what some readers said: