When he was thirteen, Chris formed pop/rock band The Lightyears with his best friends from school. Since then, The Lightyears have toured all over the world, playing Glastonbury Festival and Wembley Stadium, releasing a record with Sting’s producer and sharing a stage with members of Queen, Journey and The Who.

In 2014, Chris published a rock ’n’ roll comedy novel called MOCKSTARS, which was inspired by his tour diaries for The Lightyears. Shortly afterwards, following a three-month stint ghostwriting for a One Direction fan club, he came up with the idea of a YA novel that combined an intense teenage romance with the electrifying universe of a chart-topping boyband. That idea became the trilogy SONGS ABOUT A GIRL, which was signed up by Hodder Children’s in 2015, and has sold in multiple territories worldwide.

 

Songs About A Girl

Book One in a heart-thudding trilogy about first love, pop music and the power of teenage obsession

When 16-year-old aspiring photographer Charlie Bloom receives the invitation of her dreams – to take backstage photos for chart-topping boyband Fire&Lights – it’s an offer she can’t refuse. Overnight she is launched into a world of bloggers, paparazzi and backstage bickering, and soon becomes caught between the dark charms of star member Gabriel West and his boy-next-door bandmate Olly Samson.

Pure wish fulfilment for any One Direction fan who’s ever dreamed of saying “I’m with the band”…

Mockstars

Chris and George are best friends, and they want to be rockstars. Unfortunately, a childhood spent playing in the school orchestra and listening to Jimmy Nail has left them a little fluffy round the edges, and at the age of 23, their acoustic duo Satellite doesn’t resemble Bon Jovi nearly as much as they’d planned. So how do two ordinary boys from the Home Counties go about taking on the cut-throat world of rock ‘n’ roll?

They’re just going to have to fake it.

“Hilarious – it’s The Inbetweeners meets Spinal Tap!” (Alex Marsh, author of Sex & Bowls & Rock and Roll)

 

The course was fantastic – really got me thinking. Two weeks later, I have my very own shiny author website! Talking to and working with other writers is always useful! PJ and Kat were fab, too.

- Chris Russell