How To Be Archie For Book Week

Book Week is just around the corner, on the 18-25 August. Every year, I look forward to seeing the incredible costumes in my newsfeed - Where's Wally, Harry Potter, Pippi Longstocking...

never ever give up writing

Never ever give up

I went to a children's book conference last week, CYA in Brisbane. FYI I completely recommend attending conferences like CYA, KidLitVic or SCBWI if you are an aspiring writer, or an emerging writer. You spend a day hanging out with people in your field. Making...

Creating Unique and Memorable Characters

I have just finished reading the fifth Kate DiCamillo book I have on my shelf. Each one of her books is more satisfying than the last. Kate weaves such original, compelling stories. But I have been thinking to myself, why do I love these books so...

Compost and how to end a story

I have been doing some school workshops lately, through the StoryBoard program and Byron Writers Festival. I love this work, more than I can say. To be surrounded by kids burning to create...

Writing is a Communal Act

I recently finished Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down The Bones, and really, I could quote every chapter. But I am going to start here, at chapter "Writing Is A Communal Act". Several friends and students have said to me that they avoid reading other books, when they are...

Archie and the Bear launch, The Little Bookroom

Last Sunday, a bunch of bears and children (and parents) gathered at The Little Bookroom for a teddy bear's picnic, and a lot of Archie and the Bear fun! Thank you to Leesa and her wonderful parents for hosting this fabulous day. Happy Birthday, Archie and...

North American rights bought by Clarion Books

I am very excited to announce that North American rights for Archie and the Bear have been bought by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt! Books will be released Fall 2018. ...