Rachel Hamilton

Born in San Francisco, Rachel Hamilton is a graduate of both Oxford and Cambridge University and has put her education to good use by working in an advertising agency, a comprehensive school, a building site and a men’s prison.
She developed a passion for storytelling as an English teacher, when she discovered it was the best way to get her students to listen to her.
Rachel divides her time between the UK and Dubai, creating funny books for 8 to 12 year-olds. 

Book(s) By Rachel Hamilton


1. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I studied at Oxford and Cambridge and have worked in an ad agency, a comprehensive school, a building site and a men's prison. My interests are books, movies, cake and stand up comedy and I love to make people laugh, especially when it's intentional rather than accidental. I've always wanted to write, and after coming second in the Montegrappa First Fiction Competition at the 2013 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, I was lucky enough to get an offer of representation by London agent Luigi Bonomi, followed by a two book deal with Simon and Schuster. The Case of the Exploding Loo is my first novel, the second in the series is due out in March 2015.

2. Describe your book The Case of the Exploding Loo in 30 words or less. 

A quirky kids detective story about exploding loos, top-secret brain rays, talking shoes and weird uses of the colour turquoise.

3. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

There was no hard part. I loved coming up with daft ideas and making myself laugh. Then, when I entered the competition and got an agent and a publisher within a month, I felt like I'd written myself the ultimate happy ending!

4. What books have had the greatest influence on you?

My favourite books as a child were Roald Dahl’s The Witches and Matilda, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and everything by Diana Wynne Jones. They triggered my love for funny books full of big ideas and unconventional characters.

5. Briefly share with us what you do to market your book?

I love the promotional side of being author. For The Case of the Exploding Loo I've done launch parties, bookstore signings, school visits, a virtual launch event, a blog tour, as well as having fun on social networks like Facebook and Twitter

6. How do you spend your time when you are not writing?

Researching the next book!

7. What are you working on next?

Book 2 in my quirky detective series - an all-new adventure for Know-All, Holly and Porter, featuring stolen space rocks, exploding brains and a frying pan of pain. Out next March.

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