Welcome back to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.
Another new to me author this week, A Bello is a children’s author, her Emily Knight I Am series is one those of you with little one’s will want to check out!
What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
I would have to say it was Are You There God? It’s me, Margret by Judy Blume
What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I got it for Christmas and I am so excited to read it!
Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
Here I Stand – anthology of short stories and poems by various authors
Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?
Oh gosh this is a tricky one! I read so many awesome books but I will go with The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus, Was This in the Plan? By Stephanie Nimmo, All About Mia by Lisa Williamson, Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?
What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?
I think it was The Writers and Children’s Yearbook
Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?
I would defo say my second book Emily Knight I am…Awakened that came out in September 2017.
Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?
Hands down Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven. I read it and thought damn! Why didn’t I think of this?
Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?
Yes! I have written a book based around the dance world. It’s a really fun book about a group of friends getting into the dance scene and just how it affects their relationships. I used to dance professionally for years so it was cool showing people my world.
Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?
A Bello’s Bookshelf
About A. Bello
Bello is a 29-year-old author who was born and raised in London, where she still lives and works. She wrote her first novel at the age of eight – she fought monsters and dragons on a daily basis – and experienced her first taste of ‘being published’ after winning a school poetry competition at the age of 12. Seeing her words in print fuelled a passion for writing that remains to this day. A. Bello first began writing the Emily Knight saga shortly afterwards (still only 12 years old!) with the intention of filling the gaping hole in children’s fiction for an inspirational, strong, black female, young protagonist. This gap, nearly 18 years later, remains in the publishing world despite continued calls for more BAME background authors and diversity within characters and plotlines.
Bello received rave reviews for her debut book, ‘Emily Knight I Am…’, as well as outstanding success with her Emily Knight Warriors pop-up book, which went viral in 2015 when it was gradually released online throughout the month of August. She is the founder of The Lil’ Author School and co-founder of The Author School. The AuthorSchoolwasshortlistedforTheGreatBritishEntrepreneurAwards2016.
Bello is regularly called to talk at literary events and within the media, she has appeared in Female First Magazine, The Mirror, BBC1XTRA to name a few. As well as being a writer, A. Bello is a professional dancer and teacher. She has performed for more than a decade in prestigious venues including The Royal Opera House, The Barbican, Sadler’s Wells, Hammersmith Apollo, Stratford Theatre Royal. A. Bello has also appeared on The Apprentice, Got To Dance and Street Dance AllStars The Movie.
Thank you so much for taking part and sharing your bookshelf with us!
Taking Part in The Bookshelf
I’ve currently put a pause on taking new applications for The Bookshelf. I recently put a call-out for participants on Facebook and am currently booked up into June so want to get through most of these lovely people before I open the floodgates again. If you already have a form to return to me, feel free to do so, just be aware there is a quite a wait for spots right no