Hone your writing skills at the Bournemouth Writing Festival


It’s so brilliant to have a whole festival dedicated to writing right on my doorstep and to be a part of the second-ever Bournemouth Writing festival! This year it runs from 26th-28th April.

Genre breakfast

I’m kicking off on Saturday morning at 9am by hosting a breakfast meetup for all writers of young adult and teen fiction. I had such a brilliant time last year and met a whole host of wonderful authors (see all the happy smiling faces above.) It’s at Picnic Park Deli, which is a lovely spot, and free to attend. If you fancy dropping in to talk all things YA, even if it’s just to obsess over our favourite YA authors, you can RSVP here.

Jump Around workshop

I’m also thrilled to be running a writing workshop focused on my favourite storytelling devices. Jump Around is for anyone who loves switching POV or hopping into different timelines in their stories, which is an excellent way of messing with your reader’s heads… but sometimes hard to do without making your own head spin. So please join me for a time-bending, narrative switching hour of fun on Sunday afternoon at 4.30-5.30pm at Pavilion Dance.

I was lucky enough to attend the festival last year and it was so much fun. Workshops, talks and other events are run on a pay-as-you-go basis, so there’s no big ticket fees and you can pick and choose what you’d like to do. You can find a full programme here.

Hope to see you there… I also hope the weather’s nice for the beach writing sessions!

In praise of book bloggers

image of the twelve days of murder advanced reading copy alongside some christmas charms
Image courtesy of @bookwormescapes on Instagram

If you scroll back to the humble origins of this site, to when I was a freelance journalist writing a novel in my ‘spare time’ you can witness my early attempts to become a book blogger. At the time I was a freelance journalist and book editor receiving huge mail-sacks full of advanced copies of books to review for Good Housekeeping and other titles. I was reading masses of YA as I was writing The Girl Who… and like so many book lovers and journalists before me, I thought blogging would be a fun hobby to have alongside my day job.

It didn’t quite work out like that.

It turns out book blogging is flipping hard work. It takes devotion and dedication. You have to post regularly, promote your work, link up with other bloggers and support their work too, create content across different platforms including the massive time-suck that is TikTok/Reels/YouTube. You have to think about algorithms and SEO. You have to photograph lovely images of your book and re-size them across different formats. It’s hard work, especially when you’re juggling it with a day-job, looking after young, demanding children, trying to finish your own novel and promote it on social media. Added to that, reading was my refuge – the one part of the day that was about escape, with zero demands on me and blogging changed that. I found myself thinking of pithy review phrases as I read. I started wondering that I should only review certain types of book and if I should build a brand – and what that brand should be as I usually leave no genre unmolested. I fretted about accidentally repeating phrases in my reviews that I’d already used in my reviews for Good Housekeeping or the Express. I tied myself in knots about how much negativity I could include in reviews when, as an author, I knew how wounding it could be.

I came to realised that blogging is like writing a book – you don’t do it for the money or fame but the sheer love of books, words and stories. And I was already writing a book for that exact reason! So I stepped back from the reviewing and focused on the novel-writing and my book blogging days are over – for now at least.

image of a kindle with the twelve days of murder cover on it against a backdrop of a bookshelf full of thrillers
Image courtesy of @the_books_she_reads on Instagram

But it means I have a massive admiration for book bloggers, BookTokkers and Bookstagrammers, many of whom have children, full time jobs, their own novels simmering away and/or a whole host of other chaotic life stuff going on but STILL make time to review. Including reading my book!

It took me a while to figure out that the TWELVE DAYS OF MURDER blog tour was twelve days long and dozens of brilliant bloggers took part. So this is my way of saying an absolute massive, epic, continent sized…


And here they all are! Do you you have a favourite on this list? Or anyone else whose judgement and taste in books aligns perfectly with yours? Let me know in the comments!

Rachel Reads
Karen Reads and Recommends/Book Blogging Bureau
Intensive Gassing About Books
Linda’s Book Bag
Rachel Read It
Jan’s Book Buzz
Loopy Lou Laura
Hair Past a Freckle
My Reading Corner
Books By Bindu
Jera’s Jamboree
Little Miss Book Lover 87
Emma’s Biblio Treasures
and of course Tracy Fenton at Compulsive Readers who organised the whole thing! You’re stars, each and every one of you.

graphic showing the blog tour dates for the twelve days of murder - follow links in post for more details.

Fancy some festive Crime and Wine?

Green graphic containing images of all four writers and their books saying that the event is on Thursday 9th November at 7.30pm.

I’m really looking forward to my evening chatting crime and sipping wine at Oxford Waterstones with fellow festive whodunnit authors SJI Holliday, author of The Party Season Alexandra Benedict author of The Christmas Jigsaw Murders and Janice Hallett, author of The Christmas Appeal. I’m a big fan of all three authors and can’t wait to hear their insights on all all things dark, stabby and festive. It’s also a lovely bookshop! If you’re in the Oxford area on 9th November do drop by. Tickets can be found here and cost £3-£5.

Bid for signed books to raise money for Children in Need

image of andreina cordani, the covers of the girl who and dead lucky plus the BBC children in need pudsey bear logo.

I’m taking part in this year’s Children In Read charity auction, offering signed copies of The Girl Who… and Dead Lucky to the highest bidder. Every year, the auction raises thousands of pounds for Children in Need. Already got my two YA books? Of course you have! You can also bid on signed books from bestsellers including Milly Johnson, Paige Toon, Frances Quinn, Lisa Jewell and more! Follow this link to find out more…


andreina cordani posing with a uk copy of the twelve days of murder

Let the merry murderous mayhem unleash! Writing this book nearly melted my brain and now at last I can share the brain-meltiness. If you like:

🔒Locked door mysteries
🌨️ snowy, remote locations
🎭Ghastly love-to-hate characters
🎅💀Grisly festive-themed deaths
🍬Quality Street

Then this is definitely the book for you! https://loom.ly/N-wWP0E

Pick up a signed copy and support an indie bookshop!

the inside of the Riverside Bookshop with a view through the window of London Bridge station

I’m going to be launching my book at The Riverside Bookshop in Tooley Street near London Bridge and will be on-site on the 2nd November (exactly a week after the book comes out) to sign pre-ordered copies. If you’d like to order from a fabulous indie bookshop and get a more personalised signed copy then drop them a line here. Tell them who you’d like me to dedicate it to – I’ll also write any short message you’d like to include. Within Reason. Keep it clean, people. Pre-orders really help authors make an impact, and ordering from an independent bookshop rather than the big river site helps keep local businesses going so please do give it a go.

My very first job in magazines was in a poky, grubby office just round the corner from London Bridge. It was very stressful – we had no budget, virtually no staff, punishing deadlines and I was very much out of my depth. When the pressure got too much I’d escape to Hay’s Galleria and the Riverside Bookshop. Browsing a bookshop or library has always helped me de-stress and the beautiful location made me feel all Londony and grown-up. Now I’m launching my book there!

Talking Dead Lucky to schools at the Dorchester Literary Festival

flyer for the dorchester literary festival featuring Andreina Cordani alongside other childrens and young adult authors.

When I first moved to Dorset, I volunteered at the Dorchester Literary Festival as a way of feeling part of the bookish world. I spent many happy hours ushering people to their seats, fetching tea in the Green Room and, later down the line, helping out with the festival’s social media. At the time I dreamed of appearing at the festival as an author in my own right and now, at last, my chance has come! I’ll be talking to students at Thomas Hardye School and Purbeck School about Dead Lucky, social media, and what it does to our brains on 17 October 2023. Can’t wait!

Check out the full programme for the Festival here, and the school programme here. It’s running between 14-21 October 2023.

You can find more details on my school visits here.


US cover image of the twelve days of murder by andreina cordani pictures a remote house in the middle of a snowstorm.

I’m utterly thrilled to announce that my Christmas whodunnit The Twelve Days of Murder is going to be published in the USA by Pegasus Books. I’ve never had a book come out on the other side of the pond before so I’m understandably very excited. They’ve gone a different direction with the cover but I really like it. The UK cover says festive, fun and entertaining, the US cover says it’s a dark, brooding read to curl up with on winter nights – and it’s ALL those things! If you’re Stateside and you love a twisty locked-room murder mystery in remote Scottish houses with a cast of eccentric characters then this is the one for you. It’s basically Knives Out but with tinsel.


UK cover image of the twelve days of murder including festive baubles and blood spatter

I’m so excited to reveal the top secret project that’s been taking over my life for the last year. My next novel is a whodunnit aimed at adults, called THE TWELVE DAYS OF MURDER and it will be published by Zaffre on 26th October this year!. It involves a twelve-year-old locked-room mystery, a remote location, a selection of quite awful people and a killer on the loose who murders people in grisly but oddly festive ways. It also reveals what your favourite type of Quality Street says about you. It was loads of fun to write and if you’re a fan of whodunnits and murder mysteries I do hope you’ll add it to your Christmas TBR.

Useful links to books & book chat

Would you like to pre-order Dead Lucky? If you fancy a signed copy, pre-order from the amazing Rocketship bookshop in Salisbury…

Would you like to order The Girl Who…?

Looking for writing chat and tips?

One of the most fun things about being a debut author is that I finally got a chance to swap writing tips with other authors and share some of my own. I feel a lot less alone now than I did when I was working away on The Girl Who… in my basement, wondering if it would ever amount to anything… or if I’d ever even finish it. There’s some really strong advice in these chats from smart, talented kid-lit and young adult writers. So if you’re looking for writing tips or general writing advice, it’s worth taking a look…

Here’s my chat with Emily Barr on the Atom Books Instagram channel we talk about capturing the teen voice, why we pick the themes we do, why Emily made the switch from writing adult fiction to YA and how to pitch to an agent.

This is me on super-spooky Amy McCaw’s BookTube channel we talk about how to create characters with depth and tricky second books (how you take 10 years to write your first then have to crank the second one out in a year flat, while still learning how to be a better writer. There’s also some good book recommendations in there.

Here’s my Book Chain chat with Sarah Ann Juckes we talk about writing from unusual perspectives – her main character is bed-bound with a chronic debilitating illness. And how to create a satisfying ending without making it super-neat and sugar-sweet.

Here’s my Book Chain chat with Dave Cousins we talk about the idea for The Girl Who… why I wrote the book with three different perspectives and I go off on one about opening a dialogue between Gen Z and Gen X.

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