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Edward Hogan - Author

About the Author

Edward Hogan was born in Derby in 1980 and now lives in Brighton. He is a gradulate of the MA Creative Writing course at UEA. His first novel, Blackmoor, won the Desmond Elliot Prize and was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize. Daylight Saving is his first book for teenagers.

 

AS A CHILD

 

"I grew up in a small village in Derbyshire. It had a big park, a Co-op, and some woods, and that was all I needed. I spent a lot of time reading, and the rest of the time playing football with my brother, Blake. I played for the city and stuff, but really I wasn’t very good. I didn’t much like tackling, physical contact, or getting my socks dirty, but I could do kick-ups with a piece of chewing gum. Not very useful. On a trip to Germany to play football for Derby Boys, I spent most of the time as sub, but I won the competition for the best diary. Unsurprisingly, this did not make me very popular with my teammates. Derbyshire was a fantastic place to grow up, because the slightly spooky landscape really stirs the imagination. It’s full of old quarries and cross-looking sheep."

 

AS AN ADULT

 

"I went to university in Derby, and then in Norwich, at UEA, where I did an MA in Creative Writing. It was good to have other people reading my work, there. It made me think a lot about what readers might want. I’d been writing, quite secretly, since I was very young, and there was always this tension between writing being quite a private thing (like diaries), but also a way of communicating (like letters). It takes quite a bit of courage, I reckon, to start showing your writing. My first novel took many, many years to write, and I did the usual odd jobs along the way. I used to strim the council house gardens in Derby, which is fun until you hit a dog poo or a dead hedgehog. Later, I got a job teaching in a college in London, which I really enjoyed (although it was hard work). These days, I work in a university, as a mentor to students with mental health issues. It’s a great job, and I meet some truly inspiring people."

 

AS A WRITER

 

"I like to write very early in the morning, as close to the violence and weirdness of dreams as possible. I write with a fountain pen, because it feels good, and it’s simple. I carry a notebook, as I often have ideas when I’m out walking or working or doing the shopping. Then I write ideas for scenes on little index cards. I haven’t worked out the best way of writing, yet! My first book was called Blackmoor, and was about underground gases seeping up into a village from a disused coal mine. My second book, The Hunger Trace, was about two women living on a wildlife park. One of them is a falconer (I did a lot of research on falcons, which was fascinating). Both of those books are set in Derbyshire. Daylight Saving, my first novel for young adults, is about a boy, Daniel, who goes to a sports holiday complex with his depressed dad. While there, Daniel meets a girl called Lexi, who swims in the fake lake. She has cuts and bruises that seem to get worse with time and her watch ticks backwards. It’s a sort of mystery story. My second YA novel is called The Helmstown Messengers and is about a girl with a frightening gift. That’s all I’m saying for now!"

 

TEN THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT EDWARD HOGAN

 

1. Because I was born on the 29th February, a leap year day, I’ve only had 8 real birthdays. This means I can get into Alton Towers for free. Probably.

2. As research for The Helmstown Messengers, I did several training sessions with a boxer, which was pretty scary.

3. My favourite book, when I was a very young, was Frog and Toad, by Arnold Lobel. Then, when I was a bit older, I loved The Eighteenth Emergency, by Betsy Byars. 

4. I have a seriously bad sense of direction and can’t read maps.

5. Like Daniel, in Daylight Saving, I take hayfever medicine. I also spent a week at a sports holiday complex. My time there was much less eventful than Daniel’s, although I did graze my knee a bit.

6. When we were 12, me and my best friend Keir designed our own range of clothing to be made out of old sacks. It was our way of snubbing the trendy ‘in-crowd’ kids at school. Fortunately, it never made it to the production stage.

7. I failed my driving test five times. Once for speeding. I didn’t do it on purpose.

8. My favourite film is Moonstruck. It’s about an Italian-American woman who falls in love with a baker who has a wooden hand.I watch it at least 3 times a year.

9. When I was young, I was a member of the Young Ornithologists Club.

10. I moved house a lot when I was working on my first novel. It was written in 11 different bedrooms, in five different English cities.

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Other books by Edward Hogan

Diese Stunde gehort mir nicht

Diese Stunde gehort mir nicht

Author: Edward Hogan Format: eBook Release Date: 19/08/2013

Sieben Tage mit seinem Vater in einem Sport-Ferienpark: Daniel kann sich tatsachlich Besseres vorstellen. Doch gleich am ersten Tag begegnet ihm Lexi, und er ist sofort fasziniert. Sie ist so anders, witzig, klug, mitreiend, und er kann mit ihr uber alles reden. Wirklich alles? Aber warum schweigt sie uber die mysteriosen Wunden an ihrem Korper? Warum sucht sie dauernd die Nahe des Wassers? Warum tickt ihre Uhr ruckwarts? Und warum kann nur er das Madchen sehen? Als Lexi endlich ihr Geheimnis luftet, erkennt Daniel, dass er handeln muss. Sofort. Ein Wettlauf gegen die Zeit beginnt ...

The Hunger Trace

The Hunger Trace

Author: Edward Hogan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2012

The sudden death of David Bryant, the charismatic owner of a rambling Derbyshire wildlife park, leaves an indelible mark on three very different people. David's young widow, Maggie, struggles to preserve the park and to forge friendships untainted by the suspicions of others. His old friend Louisa, a falconer who lives on the grounds, just wants to be left alone with her hawks and the dark secret she has shared with David since their youth. Meanwhile, Christopher, David's eccentric teenage son from an earlier marriage, strives for a life beyond the park and trawls the internet for a woman who shares his family values. With the arrival of a stranger, and unforeseen disaster amid the worst rains for a hundred years, the loyalties of Maggie, Louisa and Christopher will be stretched to breaking point, and each must face the decisions which will define them...

Daylight Saving

Daylight Saving

Author: Edward Hogan Format: eBook Release Date: 02/02/2012

A brilliant thriller ghost story by a new name in teenage fiction.When Daniel Lever is dragged to Leisure World Holiday Complex for some "e;time away"e; with his depressed dad, his expectations are low. Daniel is overweight, he hates sport, and his father has brought along his beloved tomato plant. But soon Daniel spots a girl swimming in the fake lake. Lexi is elegant and smart, but very mysterious. Why are her bruises getting worse each time she and Daniel meet? And is her watch really ticking backwards? A dark figure stalks the pair, and as British summer time approaches, Daniel has to act quickly. Their souls depend on it.

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