tips for a happy author

The Happy Author

Sometimes, I have to pinch myself. I get to write for kids. I also spend a lot of work hours hanging out with kids, making stories. I have six books coming out this year, and more in production. It's a dream job, and a dream...

too busy sleeping

Too Busy Sleeping bound for China

One of the first bits of exciting news for the year is that my first book TOO BUSY SLEEPING will be published in China by Phoenix Juveniles and Children’s Publishing later this year! Can't wait to see our book in Chinese...

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...

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...