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Sue Limb - Author

Sue Limb is the bestselling author of the Girl, 15 books featuring Jess Jordan. Her other children’s books include Come Back, Grandma, which was shortlisted for the Smarties Prize. Sue lives on a remote organic farm near Nailsworth in Gloucestershire. Chocolate SOS, published by Bloomsbury in January 2012, is another side-splittingly funny story featuring the crazy confessions of charming but insane Jess Jordan.

For 7+ year olds there’s:
ruby rogersRUBY ROGERS - Ruby wants to be a gangster when she grows up. Not a horrid violent one, obviously - more a kind of female Robin Hood living in the treetops, preferably with a troupe of monkeys, a species Ruby adores. Her human family consists of a teasing eccentric older brother Joe, a Geography teacher father who has no sense of direction, and a midwife mum who regularly falls asleep on the sofa instead of providing lavish suppers. Ruby's best friend Yasmin is a Muslim, though not so you'd notice. Yasmin loves dolls and clothes and is shrewd about relationships. She and Ruby have a fiery but devoted friendship and through Yasmin's older sister Zerrin, Ruby gets to know Holly Helvellyn, Gothic eccentric and Ruby's ultimate role model.

For 12+ year olds there’s:
zoe and choleZOE AND CHLOE Chloe and Zoe are best friends, unless there are boys around, of course in which case it’s every girl for herself. Deliciously comedic, the obsessions, embarrassments, disasters and joys of teen life are captured with pitch-perfect comic timing.

As well as:
GIRL, 15... Life can be trying when your best friend is a goddess, you are a woeful underachiever, and your love-life is as messy and as mucky as a sticky quagmire of mud. Painfully spot on, the Girl... series reveals with Technicolor precision the agony and the ecstasy (and the embarrassment) of being a teenager. With razor-sharp observation and deadpan humour we are offered a privileged peek at the life of Jess, charming, but most definitely insane. This series has a unique voice and humour that will make you want to read it again and again - if you can bring yourself to put the books down in the first place.

A Q & A with Sue Limb

Q. Where do you get inspiration from?

A. I always set my books in places familiar to me. Otherwise it would be like taking an exam in Physics without ever opening a textbook! I admire writers such as Philip Pullman and J.K. Rowling who can let their imaginations fly into the most amazing fantasy. But I do like my own arena: everyday comedy.

A. I think I write to amuse myself and to keep myself interested in a character. I’m always delighted and rather surprised when I hear from readers that they’ve enjoyed a book. When I was younger, if I was stuck with a book I used to imagine I was writing it as a kind of letter to amuse somebody I fancied. I suppose this would make me pull out all the stops and try my very best to impress! But nowadays I have become a bit more chilled out about life. I don't get wild crushes these days, although sometimes I dream that famous old men are kind to me…(Bill Clinton, David Attenborough, if you really want to know.)

A. If a character is interesting, and she or he has a plan or an agenda, and then obstacles crop up which interfere with the plan, the plot will take care of itself.

A. Sometimes I just have a character with an ambition - the ambition can be very minor - and then just take it from there. I think it's always useful to have surprises in a story - somebody behaving very differently from normal because of a secret reason....

A. No! I never do. Many writers feel their characters take over and grab the steering wheel! I've only just completely rewritten a book (Zoe and Chloe: Out to Lunch) because the outline I had originally sketched out didn't work, and I realised I had to start at the beginning again and move one of the characters across a whole continent so he could participate in the story more.

A. It should unfold with surprises, grip you and involve you. The character or characters should be interesting people you would like to meet. You should, when reading it, be unaware of your immediate surroundings and find the book really hard to put down.

A. If you're still at school, your English teacher. I have editors at my publishers who do that kind of thing for me. My daughter (who is 22 so was recently a teenager) offers helpful advice when she thinks my choice of words is too old-fashioned.

A. Send it to publishers and agents, and if it keeps getting rejected, just keep on sending it.

A. Follow the advice in The Writers and Artists' Yearbook. Always present your manuscript double spaced and only on one side of the paper!

A. "Give your characters difficulties and don't try too hard to be funny all the time." Oh – and never stop reading, and as you read, notice how other writers are working.

If you like Sue Limb you might also like to read books by Louise Rennison.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Sue Limb

Chocolate SOS A Jess Jordon Story
Sue Limb
Best-selling Sue Limb is as entertaining as ever at catching the complex and swirling emotions of friendships and first love. Jess dumps Fred. But why doesn't he beg to be taken back? Of course it is no longer anything to...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2012
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Girl Nearly 16: Absolute Torture
Sue Limb
Sue Limb's writing is firmly on the pulse of teens today with the agony and ecstasy of being a teenager brought vividly to life. Every manner of emotion is revealed as both Jess and Fred get to know each other...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/01/2010
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Girls, Muddy, Moody Yet Magnificent
Sue Limb
Loads of fun, farce and teen romance provide a delightful background for Chloe and Zoe as they make and break their plans for a summer holiday to remember. Falling in and out of love, making up their stories for their...
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Girl, 15, Charming but Insane
Sue Limb
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/09/2009
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Girls, Guilty but Somehow Glorious
Sue Limb
Zoe and Chloe have always been best friends. But, then there are the boys… Can Zoe extricate Chloe from ‘the beast'? And can Zoe get her dream boy Oliver Wyatt to notice her? Will either or both get anyone to...
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Girls to Total Goddesses in Seven Days
Sue Limb
Brilliant fun, this is a roller coaster of a read as it swings effortlessly from the wild extremes of total despair to absolute ecstasy capturing the trials and tribulations of Zoe and Chloe, best friends forever. Zoe and Chloe have...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2009
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Girl, 15, Flirting for England
Sue Limb
The first in Limb's ‘Girl' series will be devoured by teens everywhere. Brilliantly funny, wacky and clever, no teenager should miss the Limb experience.
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2009
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Ruby Rogers: Who Are You Looking At?
Sue Limb
Ruby Rogers is a character that all adventure seeking 7+ year olds will love to love. She wants to be a gangster when she grows up but a good one of course but being the youngest in her family has...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2008
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Ruby Rogers: Party Pooper
Sue Limb
Ruby Rogers is a character that all adventure seeking 7+ year olds will love to love. She wants to be a gangster when she grows up but a good one of course but being the youngest in her family has...
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Ruby Rogers: Get Me Out Of Here!
Sue Limb
Ruby Rogers is a character that all adventure seeking 7+ year olds will love to love. She wants to be a gangster when she grows up but a good one of course but being the youngest in her family has...
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Zoe And Chloe: Out To Lunch
Sue Limb
Loads of fun, farce and teen romance provide a delightful background for Chloe and Zoe as they make and break their plans for a summer holiday to remember. Falling in and out of love, making up their stories for their...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2008
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Ruby Rogers: Get A Life!
Sue Limb
Nothing ever goes to plan where Ruby Rogers is concerned but if you have a feisty girl desperate for role models then Ruby's the girl she needs. Full of mischief and mayhem but a great deal of fun mixed in,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2007
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Ruby Rogers Is A Walking Legend
Sue Limb
Ruby Rogers is back for more hilarious adventures. It's wintertime and Ruby Rogers is afraid of the dark. Her brother is quick to make sure she gets scared as much as possible but other people get scared too and luckily...
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Zoe And Chloe: On The Prowl
Sue Limb
Zoe and Chloe have always been best friends. But, then there are the boys….Can Zoe extricate Chloe from ‘the beast'? And can Zoe get her dream boy Oliver Wyatt to notice her? Will either or both get anyone to take...
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Girl, 15, Flirting For England
Sue Limb
The first in Limb's ‘Girl' series will be devoured by teens everywhere. Brilliantly funny, wacky and clever, no teenager should miss the Limb experience. The second in the series is Girl, nearly 16.
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/03/2007
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Ruby Rogers is a Waste of Space
Sue Limb
Sue Limb is remarkable in her ability to get into the psyche of the age of child she's writing for. With the wonderful Ruby Rogers, a brilliant character whose appeal is to children who have begun that wonderful period of...
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Girl 16: Pants on Fire
Sue Limb
Jess has just spent a perfect summer having at last become an ‘item' with Fred. Feeling pretty cool about everything, she's actually looking forward to going back to school and to all the fun things they'll do together – especially...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/04/2006
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Girl Nearly 16: Absolute Torture
Sue Limb
Sue Limb's writing is firmly on the pulse of teens today with the agony and ecstasy of being a teenager brought vividly to life. Every manner of emotion is revealed as both Jess and Fred get to know each other...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/04/2005
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