Teresa-Flavin_Jet-Black-HeartLast week I had a busy and fabulous week touring around Scotland, culminating in the launch of my new teen book, Jet Black Heart, from Barrington Stoke.

I started the week in the Inverclyde area, leading book-making workshops for children aged 5-12 in Port Glasgow, Gourock and Greenock libraries. We had loads of fun and the kids made some really clever and cute books to take home. […]

August 21st, 2014|

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 of Maryann’s accomplishments over the years. Not only has she written and illustrated many books, but she’s also created a musical play and now has […]

June 30th, 2014|

Maze and labyrinth hunting!

If you know my stories in the Blackhope Enigma trilogy, you know that I have a thing about mazes and labyrinths.


Because I live in England, there are plenty of ancient and new ones to visit. I like to hunt them down, walk them, figure them out and point people towards them. There’s one particular location that I’ve been salivating over for quite  some time and this past weekend I finally […]

May 7th, 2014|

Inspiration and Aspiration 2014

Yellow Rabbit ACORN webHappy Second Half of January! By now we’ve all had plenty of time to assess 2013 and make wishes for 2014. Here are a few things I’ve been thinking about.

Top creative experiences in 2013:

Launching two new books for children and young people. In May Templar published The Shadow Lantern in the UK and […]

January 17th, 2014|

Open Studios 2013 at East Street Arts

IMG_0600I had all my creative hats on during a variety of ESA Open Studios events over the past four days: artist, illustrator, writer, workshop leader and even ‘advisor’. It all kicked off on Thursday night with the launch party for ‘Cache’, a small exhibition with four other artists curated by Mexico at Union 105, a studio building not far from my own building. I was […]

October 21st, 2013|

Revisiting FLY HIGH! The Story of Bessie Coleman

fly-high-coverI spent yesterday introducing three groups of Edinburgh schoolchildren to the wonderful role model, Bessie Coleman, whose story I illustrated years ago. Since I began writing and illustrating my own books, I have spoken less about the picture books I illustrated, so I was really pleased to be asked to talk about Bessie for Black History Month (which is celebrated in October here in the UK).

October 10th, 2013|

Excess Baggage

A rollicking ride around Australia with motorcyclist Jill Maden.

I’ll remember the summer of 2013 as one of the more hectic in my adult life. Not only have I been busy talking about my new book, The Shadow Lantern, to audiences from Inverness to Yorkshire, but I moved to a new home and studio. With so much going on, reading became a fantastic escape from the giant list of things I had to do. If I had to choose my […]

September 27th, 2013|

A rather momentous change.

IMG_0026I’m writing this from my new studio in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Yes, Leeds! After many happy years in Scotland, we took the plunge and moved the whole kit and caboodle to lovely Yorkshire, including all these fabulous stones and shells I’ve collected in my travels. It meant saying goodbye to many friends and leaving one of the most stunning landscapes in the world, but we’re settling in another friendly city in […]

August 8th, 2013|

Art inspired by The Blackhope Enigma!

I’m really pleased to post the winners of Whitburn Academy’s S1 Art Challenge! In May I spoke to all the first year pupils about The Blackhope Enigma after they had read the first four chapters in class. I was asked to set them an art challenge that day and I proposed an illustration inspired by the book. I was invited back in June to see the work in progress and when all the images were done, I helped choose the […]

July 9th, 2013|

At the End of a Busy Spring

Was it only seven weeks ago that we launched The Shadow Lantern? I’ve had a rip-roaring ride around Scottish schools and libraries, from Aberdeen to Perth and Edinburgh, over to West Lothian and East Dunbartonshire, and back to Glasgow. It’s been fabulous seeing the response kids are having to all three books in the trilogy and I’ve had a ball answering some pretty astute questions. One boy even asked me to autograph his forehead (I politely declined).

So what am I […]

June 18th, 2013|

My new websites!

It’s official! I have two new websites that are linked under one umbrella – or should I say tree? It’s taken months to get all the materials together for my new author site and to update my illustrator site, but I think it was well worth the effort.

It’s wonderful to have the sites ready in time for the launch of The Shadow Lantern on 1 May. I hope you’ll click here to check out my new […]

April 19th, 2013|

THE SHADOW LANTERN Available to Pre-order!

untitledUK readers, it’s only a matter of weeks until The Shadow Lantern is published by Templar Publishing! You can now pre-order the final book in the Blackhope Enigma trilogy online. I’ve made it easier for you by including some links here.

The Book Depository currently has it at a fantastic price and they deliver free worldwide. Waterstones and Blackwells also have it in their online shops and if 
March 14th, 2013|

THE SHADOW LANTERN cover reveal!

I’m pleased to announce that ace book blogger Serendipity Reviews is the first to reveal The Shadow Lantern‘s cover here. Once again, I’m thrilled with the fine work Tom Sanderson of The Parish has done with the design. I couldn’t have asked for more appropriate and classy covers for all three books!

February 20th, 2013|

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 with another stunning cover. One small part of me feels a bit melancholy about finishing my characters’ stories, but mostly I am excited about the […]

February 16th, 2013|

The 2013 Teen Choice Book of the Year

I just found out that The Crimson Shard, the second novel in the Blackhope Enigma trilogy (published in the US by Candlewick Press), has been nominated for the 2013 Teen Choice Book of the Year in the USA! Needless to say, I am totally thrilled to be on the nominations list with so many fantastic authors. The great thing about this award is that YOU can vote! And […]

January 22nd, 2013|