Geek Girl author Holly Smale Glitters at Hertford Children's Book Festival gala event
PUBLISHED: 14:23 03 October 2014 | UPDATED: 14:23 03 October 2014
Bestselling teen author Holly Smale has confirmed details of the fourth book in her award-winning Geek Girl series.
All That Glitters will be the latest Geek Girl instalment following the modelling adventures of heroine Harriet Manners.
It will be available in shops from February 26, 2015.
Taking to Twitter, Holly (@HolSmale) tweeted a picture of the new book’s cover.
She tweeted: “It’ll be in hardback originally, with paperback to follow later in the year. #AllthatGlitters #GG4”
And she added: “It’s probably my fave cover so far, TBH. So brave and original - not pretty-pretty at all. Personally, I love it. #GG4”
The 32-year-old Welwyn Garden City-born writer appeared at last night’s (Thursday’s) Gala Evening for the 2014 Hertford Children’s Book Festival at Hertford Theatre.
She appeared alongside authors Alex Scarrow and Jonathan Stroud, The World’s End actor Simon Pegg, Sherlock actress Amanda Abbington and EastEnders star Lindsey Coulson in the first half of the launch event, before a powerful performance of Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful.
Holly tweeted this morning: “My Grandad met Carol Jackson from Eastenders last night and was so excited he bought her a copy of Geek Girl.”
“Totally charmed the socks off everyone, did Grandpappy Smale. So proud of him.”
She also enjoyed her time on stage, reading extracts from Geek Girl and Picture Perfect, the third book in her popular six-part series.
The author’s Geek Girl books have struck a nerve with teen readers, as the multi-award nominated novels have sold more than 230,000 copies in the UK.
Although she was inspired by her own experiences, Holly is keen to stress Harriet’s adventures in Geek Girl, and follow-ups Model Misfit and Picture Perfect, are completely fictional.
“It’s not autobiographical in terms of the story, or what happened to me,” said Miss Smale to the Welwyn Hatfield Times ahead of the 2014 Hertford Children’s Book Festival.
“It certainly was influenced by stuff that happened to me as a teenager.
“I didn’t write real people in the books, I created the characters.”