Art Exhibition at Fountains Hall

fountains-hallA few months ago I joined forces with four fellow artists to explore the idea of making new artwork in response to historic locations around Yorkshire. This was a bold experiment for me but I couldn’t resist because Lorna Barrowclough, Hondartza Fraga, […]

By |October 8th, 2014|Gallery Art, News|Comments Off on Art Exhibition at Fountains Hall

Welcome to the Writing Process: An Author/Illustrator Blog Tour

My talented friend and former art school classmate, Maryann Cocca-Leffler, invited me to share a bit about my writing and illustrating process as part of the ‘Welcome to the Writing Process: An Author/Illustrator Blog Tour’ (thanks, Maryann!). We are also part of a vibrant online community of children’s book illustrators and I’ve been in awe […]

By |June 30th, 2014|About My Books, Illustration, My Current Projects, News, Writing|Comments Off on Welcome to the Writing Process: An Author/Illustrator Blog Tour

The Trilogy Is Finished!

sl_proofIt’s been a week since I said goodbye to The Shadow Lantern and wished it well on its journey to the printer. The next time I see it, the pile of papers that made up the proof copy will have been transformed into a bound book […]

By |February 16th, 2013|About My Books, My Current Projects, News, Writing|Comments Off on The Trilogy Is Finished!

The Next Big Thing!

Last week children’s author and friend Lynne Rickards kindly ‘tagged’ me in her blog post called ‘The Next Big Thing’. I was one of five authors she mentioned – just as she had been mentioned along with four other writers in author Lari Don‘s blog the week before. Each tagged author answers some […]

By |November 15th, 2012|About My Books, My Current Projects, Writing|1 Comment

Helsinki: Another Exciting Week in the World of Finnish Books

My inspirational week started when I visited Villa Kivi overlooking lovely, frozen Töölönlahti Bay. This beautiful house is known as the Writer’s House and ever since it was built in 1890, it has been associated with literature. Famous Finnish writers and linguists lived and visited there until it fell into disrepair and the city of […]

By |March 31st, 2012|Events, My Current Projects, News|Comments Off on Helsinki: Another Exciting Week in the World of Finnish Books

Helsinki: Exhibitions and Events

Sometimes you arrive in a new place, knowing absolutely nothing about it, and you are guided, as if by magic, to where you want to be. One of the first things I hoped to see was a bookstore. But a chance visit to the tourist info office meant that I found a brochure about a […]

By |March 17th, 2012|Inspirations, My Current Projects, News|2 Comments

Helsinki: Arrival at 60° North

I haven’t quite caught up with the fact that I am now in Finland.

I learned just over two weeks ago that I had been selected for a Helsinki International Arts Programme residency and it felt slightly unreal. The Scottish Book Trust, who are administering the two new residencies for Scotland-based children’s writers, pulled out all […]

By |March 16th, 2012|My Current Projects, News, Writing|6 Comments

What I’m Working on Now #6

It’s been October 2011 on this blog for far too long. Yes, it’s already five months since I posted after The Crimson Shard launch. Those months have been a whirlwind of travel, book promotion and planning the next project.

I’ve been from Bangkok to Boston and some other lovely places in between. I toured around West […]

By |March 2nd, 2012|My Current Projects, News, Writing|Comments Off on What I’m Working on Now #6

Mapping Ideas

In which I deconstruct and reconstruct The Next Book.

I am on a short breather from work on my next children’s novel. This gives me a chance to stand back, tidy my workspace (and my brain).

I always find it fascinating to see how writers and artists work. Seeing sketches and scribbles others have done reminds me […]

By |January 27th, 2011|About My Books, My Current Projects, Writing|Comments Off on Mapping Ideas

That Pivotal Moment

It’s a very strange feeling to know you’re on the final leg of a marathon.

This blog has been sorely neglected. It’s growing weeds and spawning spiders, it’s been so long since I brushed it off.

Mea culpa. I have been deep into writing The Next Book, which I have mentioned before. But this time, unlike […]