tiggy and the magic paintbrush

Tiggy and the Magic Paintbrush arrives!

It was mid week, mid summer holidays, when I came home to find advance copies of the first two TIGGY books in my letterbox. Yay! My kids skipped around the front garden in excitement. I did too. We have gotten to know Tiggy and her antics...

ERROL is off to UK!

Was thrilled to wake up to news this morning that my little mate Errol will be heading to UK late 2018. ERROL, illustrated by Philip Bunting, will be released by Scholastic UK. ...

Different ways to write your first novel

I’ve started (several times now) a middle grade fiction, and am pretty much in the thick of trying to work out how to write longer fiction. I found my groove with picture books, and now early readers, but longer fiction of course is a totally...

errol book development

New ERROL book acquisition!

I was reading one of those unappealing digitally created 'Find the something in the somewhere' book with Rosie (who adores that book, by the way), when a completely random thought flashed across my brain. A thought that fit in very well with Errol, my soon...

Signing Dewey Decimal

New picture book deal! Dewey Decimal

Hi! Well this was a bit of an exciting afternoon, signing a contract for a new picture book with The Five Mile Press / Bonnier Publishing called DEWEY DECIMAL. I bet you can guess where Dewey might live...

Cover reveal! New series for early readers

Well, this is a bit exciting. The first two books from TIGGY AND THE MAGIC PAINTBRUSH have been whipped off to press, and I finally get to show you the covers! Tiggy has big feelings and a huge imagination. When Tiggy gets in a pickle, she...

running writing

Running Writing

My seven-year-old is obsessed with practicing her running writing. She shows us her loopy letters, so proud. ‘Wow,’ says my husband, Gregor. ‘I am so impressed. There’s no way I can run and write at the same time.’ It’s a favourite Dad Joke in our house. Gregor’s a...

The Boy, The Bird and the Coffin Maker by Matilda Woods

Delightful books I’ve come across lately

I read a lot! And many of them have to go back to the library before I think to photograph them. But here are four absolutely delightful books I’ve come across recently. Suitable for middle grade, young adults and definitely adults! ...

Errol Philip Bunting Scholastic

OMG. Please meet Errol.

Hello. Well, this is a tad exciting! Last week, I got to meet Errol and his mum, created by Philip Bunting (think MoPoke, only one of my favourite picture books of all time!) And you get to meet him too! Please inhale Errol, and all his adorableness....

lee child andy martin

What I Learnt From Lee Child

The other night, children’s author Tristan Bancks interviewed Andy Martin about his new book Reacher Said Nothing: Lee Child and the Making of Make Me. Andy documented Lee Child from 1st September, and the blank page, to the final word in Child’s Jack Reacher novel,...