Sharna Jackson author talk
Just before half term, author Sharna Jackson joined the Lower School on a Microsoft Teams call to discuss her new book High Rise Mystery, one of the TSBA books.
Sharna is a successful writer, specialising in books for children and young adults and has written five books; including Tate Kids British Art Activity Book, Mike Drop, and her debut novel, High Rise Mystery; a book about a sibling detective duo living on an estate in south-east London. Winner of the prestigious Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Sunday Times Book of the Week, she has proven to be an influential voice for diversity; including children from ethnic minority groups as the main characters and through her work in engaging young people in art.
Ms Jackson shared her top tips for writing your own murder mystery book and talked about the process of writing a book. One tip that she shared with the pupils was to limit the number of characters in the book that could possibly be suspects as this could lose the reader’s concentration and lose the focus of the plot. They learnt that writing a book can be a long process of revising and redrafting to get the final copy. High Rise Mystery took over a year to write, from start to finish as Sharna couples her writing career with her role as Artistic Director at the Site Gallery in Sheffield. Second Form (Year 8) pupil Lucca benefited from the talk to help with his own writing; "the talk really helped me personally because at the moment I am writing a book that I started last year, and ironically, it is a murder mystery, based on a train, and the tips that Sharna Jackson gave really helped me to create a new world with my writing and to keep structure."
Thank you very much to Sharna for taking the time to talk to us.
One tip that she shared with the pupils was to limit the number of characters in the book that could possibly be suspects.