New book for teens is based in Eastbourne

Author Jenny McLachlan
Author Jenny McLachlan
  • Race against time on the Dotto Train
  • A girl and a dangerously cool boy
  • Author worked as an English teacher

A new book for 11-15-year-olds by author Jenny McLachlan is set in Eastbourne.

Jenny grew up in the town and still lives here and her second book for teenagers, Love Bomb, due for release next week includes many familiar locations including Cow Gap, Spray Watersports, Princes Park and Eastbourne Pier.

Jenny said, “Much of the action takes place in and around Eastbourne. I grew up in the town and still live here today and I really wanted to feature in the book the places that mean so much to me.

“The story’s climax even involves a race against time on Eastbourne’s iconic Dotto Train. I love Eastbourne and think it’s the perfect place to set a love story.”

Love Bomb tells the story of Betty Plum, also featured in Jenny’s first book Flirty Dancing, described by Jenny as a quirky, headstrong girl who starts to lose sight of what’s important when she becomes convinced that she’s in love with a dangerously cool boy.

Jenny said, “Betty really needs her mum’s help, but her mum died when she was still a baby. And that’s when she finds hidden letters written by her mum to her for just these moments. Letters about what your first kiss should feel like and what real love is all about.”

Jenny worked as an English teacher in Uckfield until September 2014 and now writes full-time.

Her books are published in the UK and Commonwealth by Bloomsbury.

The series will be published in the USA by Fievel and Friends, beginning with Flirty Dancing this April.

Jenny said, “It’s great to imagine readers in the US reading all about my characters and their adventures in and around Eastbourne.”

In addition her books are being translated for publication in Italy, Germany, Sweden, Finland and Norway.

The third book in the Ladybirds series, Sunkissed, will be published this August.

“As you can see, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind for me,” said Jenny, who is married with two small children.