Hope's high for author Carol

PUBLISHED: 09:34 08 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:06 26 October 2009

Carol Hedges

Carol Hedges

A PROLIFIC children's author has had her fourth book in the Spy Girl series published. Dead Man Talking is written by former WGC woman Carol Hedges, and again features the adventures of Jazmin Dawson, the teenage girl who wants to be James Bond.

A PROLIFIC children's author has had her fourth book in the Spy Girl series published.

Dead Man Talking is written by former WGC woman Carol Hedges, pictured, and again features the adventures of Jazmin Dawson, the teenage girl who wants to be James Bond.

It has been a busy time of late for Carol, who went to Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School and went on to teach English at Monk's Walk School.

She has just finished a crime novel for older teenagers entitled Hope, which she is hoping will get a good response from publishers.

She may yet write another Spy Girl novel, despite originally only planning four.

And Carol is also waiting to hear the outcome of the Telford Book Awards where her first Spy Girl story, Dark Side of Midnight, has been shortlisted in the 11-15 age group category.

She is up against such acclaimed authors as Michael Morpurgo and Malorie Blackman and even if she does not win, she said she was delighted to have been shortlisted for an award where the children themselves nominate their favourite books.

She said: "I am far more flattered to have been nominated for an award where children have chosen the books rather than bookshops and the like."

Carol has been writing a Spy Girl novel every six months and spends plenty of time on research.

Prior to the series, she wrote several well-received children's novels including Jigsaw which was long-listed for the Carnegie Medal.

Last year she was invited to take part in both the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Cheltenham Book Festival.

Dead Man Talking is published by Usborne.


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