Archive for year 2012


Things I will soon be up to!

2nd August

Most important date: ANGEL DUST PUB DAY (no NOT Pub Crawl Day, silly!)

It’s the day Serafina will open her wings and soar out on her first visit to the world, her maiden voyage, her solo flight. Find out what happens when she lands in the city and faces real life!



3rd August

Then I will fly away myself – sadly not on angel wings, but on Virgin Airways! And spend all of August in Ghana: writing, writing, writing. I will update the world from the jungles of West Africa on full stops and other useful things.

1st September

I’ll be back!


Meanwhile watch out for me in other unlikely places: the papers, the blogs and of course the bookshops!

Writing Tips


So you want to be a writer? Well, do you? Do you? Do you?

(Or do you want to be famous… and rich… and live forever… and make your mark on posterity… and move your audience to great emotions through your power of words… and hobnob with BIG names… and have your biographers create the film of YOU?)

Well you’ve just clicked on the right page! Because luckily all the above is very possible (we know it is: we’ve seen it happen to others) and as well as all that, we can write a book that will give its reader a great read.

And that’s what comes first: giving the reader a great read.

So this site is dedicated to all readers.

Dear Reader, I solemnly pledge to do everything in my power to pass on anything I’ve ever learned, in that never ending journey towards giving you the best read of your life, on this site.

Let the Best Read of Your Life Quest begin!

My first challenge in the quest was to find out what readers wanted from a book. I asked one hundred young adults between the ages of 12 – 19 this question. Below are some of their answers:

  • A special world that’s mine all mine
  • A character who will be my friend
  • A plot so exciting I don’t want to put the book down
  • I want to learn about things
  • I don’t want to be bored (aka: I’m intelligent – you know – as well as you!)
  • I want to feel bigger and better and different when I’ve finished reading it.
  • It should be meaningful.

There were a lot more answers (you try it, and you’ll see you get quite a few silly ones too), but most of them said something like the above.  So into the Cauldron of Success needs to go the following ingredients to make ‘the gruel thick and slab’!

Special worlds

Characters you like



Page turning

New learnings


Life changing things

Bigger and better and different realities


So that’s some of the ingredients for giving the reader a great read. All you need to do for now is : stir well. Check for taste. Add more of any if needed.


Coming soon: Challenge Two of:

The Best Read of Your Life Quest

Post 2:  What actually is ‘A Special World’?

Welcome to my new site!

Hello all of YOU!

And welcome to the brand new shiny website of me, Sarah Mussi, author of ANGEL DUST and massive fan of YA fiction.

Here you can find out more about ME, what I’m up to, my books and the things that have helped me with my writing. And here I can find out more about YOU and what you like reading and what you’re writing and all things YA-ish.

So stay in touch – have your say – on twitter – or facebook – or on this site!


X Sarah





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