[BLOG TOUR] A Tour of Jonathan Stroud’s Writing Space

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Hi, guys! Faye here! Coming back from my hospitalization in order to introduce you to an awesome guest post by one of my favorite authors. I’m very happy to have Jonathan Stroud stop by because his series, Lockwood and Co., was a favorite last year and its sequel, The Whispering Skull, was just as good this year, too, and I want all of us to have a sneak peek into the place where all the magic happens. I take a look at these pictures and all I keep thinking is, “Man, this is where Anthony, Lucy, and George were first conceived?! … in the imagination, that is…” Haha! I hope you all enjoy it and that you check out Stroud’s books if you haven’t yet. You’d be missing a lot if you won’t!

And oh, while you’re at it, make sure to go to the kick-off post here at The Midnight Garden!

Hello. Welcome to my office! Come and take a look round.

1. Here’s my desk. I type the actual book directly onto the computer, but always do extensive hand-written notes, which for Lockwood III are going into the black notebook you see here. Also visible are the invaluable London A-Z, so that I know where my characters are going; a dictionary of folklore for vital reference; and (Lockwood, Lucy and George would certainly approve of this) the remains of my morning cup of tea.

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2. My office is (predictably) filled with books. These are some of my foreign editions.

3. A nice little array of ghost stories lined up on my reference shelf, including the great M R James, and lots of superb anthologies.

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4. Bartimaeus watches over everything from the topmost shelf. He’s continually bugging me to write another story about him.

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5. I write lots of notes and ideas in my Lockwood notebook – everything from structural plans to possible ghosts for future books. This is a gruesome spectre contributed by my seven-year old son, Arthur.

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6. When I’m in need of a break, I head out to nearby fields for a run or country walk. Many of my best ideas come when I’m out walking: somehow it shakes up the mind and gets things moving again.

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7. And a quick selfie back at my desk. The picture on the wall is from the Swiss Alps – one of my favourite places anywhere in the world.

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The Whispering Skull Synopsis

14059024In the six months since Anthony, Lucy, and George survived a night in the most haunted house in England, Lockwood & Co. hasn’t made much progress. Quill Kipps and his team of Fittes agents keep swooping in on Lockwood’s investigations. Finally, in a fit of anger, Anthony challenges his rival to a contest: the next time the two agencies compete on a job, the losing side will have to admit defeat in the Times newspaper.

Things look up when a new client, Mr. Saunders, hires Lockwood & Co. to be present at the excavation of Edmund Bickerstaff, a Victorian doctor who reportedly tried to communicate with the dead. Saunders needs the coffin sealed with silver to prevent any supernatural trouble. All goes well-until George’s curiosity attracts a horrible phantom.

Back home at Portland Row, Lockwood accuses George of making too many careless mistakes. Lucy is distracted by urgent whispers coming from the skull in the ghost jar. Then the team is summoned to DEPRAC headquarters. Kipps is there too, much to Lockwood’s annoyance. Bickerstaff’s coffin was raided and a strange glass object buried with the corpse has vanished. Inspector Barnes believes the relic to be highly dangerous, and he wants it found.

The author of the blockbuster Bartimaeus series delivers another amusing, chilling, and ingeniously plotted entry in the critically acclaimed Lockwood & Co. series.

The Whispering Skull, the second book in the Lockwood & Co. series, was released on September 16th, 2014. Add it to your GoodReads, and find it in stores and online!

About Jonathan Stroud

Jonathan Anthony Stroud is an author of fantasy books, mainly for children and youths.jonathan stroud halloween

Jonathan grew up in St Albans where he enjoyed reading books, drawing pictures, and writing stories. Between the ages seven and nine he was often ill, so he spent most of his days in the hospital or in his bed at home. To escape boredom he would occupy himself with books and stories. After he completed his studies of English literature at the University of York, he worked in London as an editor for the Walker Books store. He worked with different types of books there and this soon led to the writing of his own books. During the 1990s, he started publishing his own works and quickly gained success.

Jonathan is the author of the bestselling Bartimaeus Trilogy as well as Lockwood & Co. from Disney-Hyperion. Visit him online on his website, blog, Facebook, GoodReads, and Twitter.

Thrills and Chills Halloween Event Tour


Wednesday, October 1   The Midnight Garden        5 Questions with Jonathan Stroud
Thursday, October 2       The Starry-Eyed Revue    Into the Spooky Swamp Setting of Mary: The Summoning
Friday, October 3            Supernatural Snark           Rules for Surviving a House of Horrors (guest post by Laurie Stolarz)

Monday, October 6          Xpresso Reads                Deleted Scene from Mary: The Summoning
Tuesday, October 7         Love is Not a Triangle      5 Questions with Laurie Stolarz
Wednesday, October 8    For the Love of Words     10 Great Horror Films with Jonathan Stroud
Thursday, October 9        Winterhaven Books         How I Became a Horror Fan (guest post with Hillary Monahan)
Friday, October 10           YA Romantics                  Quiz: What Dark House Character Are You?

Monday, October 13         My Friends Are Fiction   Fashion Accessories for Ghosthunters (guest post by Jonathan Stroud)
Tuesday, October 14        The Flyleaf Review         5 Questions with Hillary Monahan
Wednesday, October 15   Books with Bite               Top 10 Items to Survive The Dark House Amusement Park
Thursday, October 16       The Social Potato           A Tour of Jonathan Stroud’s Writing Space
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A 21 years old Filipina who loves books, games, languages, and most especially, food. Secretly wishes to be an astronaut so she can explore the stars. Has a love-hate relationship with Philippine politics. To get in her good graces, offer her Foie Gras, Or shrimp. Or a JRPG. A YA sci-fi book works, too. You can follow her on twitter here: @kawaiileena


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    • FayeFaye says

      You mean, the book? Because then I agree :P Or do you mean the post? Because then I agree, too! The bookshelf is awesome and I wish mine looked as good as that. Haha. I am doing far, far better. Thank you, dear!

  1. says

    I hope you’re feeling a lot better, Faye!

    And man, that bookshelf is just so pretty. And the view outside is just so beautiful too. These are such nice things that helped him feel inspired. I might be inspired myself if I had those resources. :P
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    • FayeFaye says

      I am doing much, much better Francine. Thank you so much for the concern.

      The view outside is amazing. I look out my window here in Oman and all I can see is this mirage of heat and I just scurry away HAHA. The view from my home in Quezon City sucks, too… it’s so easy to feel inspired if you have a view like what Stroud has.

  2. says

    Fayeeeeeeeee! When you be back for realsies? :c ALSO I NEVER realized before that Bartimaeus trilogy and Lockwood books had a common author. I’m stumped! And envious. I spy rrrrrreal good books in the non-fic collection. Hmph!
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    • FayeFaye says

      I’m back for realsies my dear! I don’t remember if you loved Bartimaeus… I do remember you consoling me when I was ranting about the annoying moments on Twitter, though. Haha.

    • FayeFaye says

      I like the writing space, too! I have a table back at home, but whenever I sit by it, I never get this motivation to actually do anything. Haha.

  3. says

    Can you please tell me where to get a Bartimaeus of my own? Cause I really, REALLY want him so badly! He is amazing! Second, PLEASE LISTEN to Bartimaeus when he asks you oh so selfishly to write more about him because it really isn’t selfishness. He just wants you to fulfill the deep-seated wishes of his (and Yours, of course!” fans! But the way, Arthur’s Twisted Ghost of the River Thames is easily the scariest ghost on the face of the planet! I can’t wait to see what stories Arthur has for us in the future. I have a feeling I should already be shaking in my boots!!!
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    • FayeFaye says

      I agree, Bartimaeus needs to come out again in the literary world soon. He’s just too awesome to be contained in your imagination, sir stroud ^^

  4. says

    Fantastic, and incredibly interesting, post! I think it’s so interesting to see what writer’s writing spaces are like, so this was a post that really spoke to me- it’s so neat you got to do this with an author you admire, Faye!
    I find that taking walks really sets my mind to work, too- I get the most ideas when I go for walks, which I suppose means I should obviously be going for more. xx
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