I'm very pleased to say that PANTHER has been shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Award!
This is the first award shortlist I've ever been on, so it's a bit bloody exciting! I'm also honoured to feature alongside so many amazing books.
Hello! I have been itching to announce my new book, and finally I can! It's called THE FALLEN CHILDREN, and will be published by Atom Books in April 2017!
Here is a press release and stuff: http://dkwlitagency.co.uk/2016/01/atom-to-publish-second-ya-novel-by-david-owen/
And here's a video I made that explains the story a little!
I have been spotted outdoors several times this month, doing events and whatnot to try and force people to buy Panther!
I was on a panel with Sarah Benwell, author of the amazing The Last Leaves Falling, at the YA Literature Weekender, and also showed my face at the UKYA Extravaganza in Nottingham.
Next week I'll be on a panel with Eve Ainsworth, RJ Morgan, and Alice Oseman at YAShot, discussing the trials and tribulations of secondary school. It'll be fun! Maybe.
I'll be at YAShot on the 28th October, talking on a panel about the trials of tribulations of secondary school, along with amazing authors Eve Ainsworth, Alice Oseman, and Rebecca Morgan.
After the panel there'll be a signing event, so I can scribble incomprehensible nonsense into your books.
YAShot is loaded with a ridiculous amount of authors, so I really recommend having a look at the website and coming along!
Instagram is a thing! I am now on it! Posting pictures of stuff! Follow me and I might follow you back!
Well, the Panther reviews keep coming, and so far nobody has hated it! That is a good thing. As before, I'm going to post a bunch of them here, because I am a terrible show off.
First of all, here's an AMAZING video review from Stevie Finegan
"YA is in great hands with Owen and I expect not only that he will be an author to watch but that Panther will be a title to watch this year." - We Love This Book
"I am in awe of his honesty, sensitivity and the powerful way his words hit home no matter how painful that may be." - Tales of Yesterday
"A sucker punch to the heart. Deceptively simple but astonishingly powerful." - Say It With Books
"I love it when an author trusts their readers to make decisions for themselves rather than being spoon fed everything." - Writing from the Tub
"We definitely need more authors like David Owen especially when looking at mental health in teens." - Chouett
Thank you to everyone who has read and reviewed the book. It honestly means a huge amount to me.
Hello there! It's around 3 weeks until PANTHER reaches the wild, and some early reviews have already emerged from between the trees. I'm not going to do anything fancy, just plonk them here for your perusal, if you wish. Let's just say that so far the reception is good!
The first national review of PANTHER comes courtesy of The Sun newspaper (above), and although it's brief, it's very positive, so I am not complaining!
"This is an extraordinarily powerful and emotionally raw debut novel. Very highly recommended." - ACHUKA
"Thank you for writing this." 4.5/5, Book City
"I thought Owen's writing was accomplished and affecting and I think this is the start of big things for him." - A Case for Books
I also took part in a Q&A on Tales of Yesterday, where I talk inspiration for the book, mental health, awkward first kisses, and a whole lot more.