What would you paint?

To celebrate the launch of TIGGY AND THE MAGIC PAINTBRUSH, I'd like to ask you, 'What would you paint, if you found a magic paintbrush?' Send me pictures of your paintings and drawings on email hello[@]zannilouise.com or tag #whatwouldyoupaint? on social media. I'd love to see!...

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...

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...