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 […]

By |2017-05-20T12:29:01+00:00May 7th, 2014|Inspirations|Comments Off on Maze and labyrinth hunting!

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 […]

By |2017-05-20T12:29:01+00:00January 17th, 2014|About My Books, Inspirations, News|Comments Off on Inspiration and Aspiration 2014

Excess Baggage

Jill Maden (Photo by Teresa Flavin) Jill Maden (Photo by Teresa Flavin)

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, […]

By |2017-05-20T12:29:01+00:00September 27th, 2013|Books and Publishing, Inspirations, News|Comments Off on Excess Baggage

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 […]

By |2017-05-20T12:29:02+00:00July 9th, 2013|Inspirations, News|Comments Off on Art inspired by The Blackhope Enigma!

The Year Ahead

Two weeks in and 2013 is looking pretty eclectic. Just the way I like it.

There hasn’t been any time for hibernating. I’ve just finished inking the interior illustrations for The Shadow Lantern and, any day now, the typeset script will come back to me for proofreading. By the end of this month, the book will […]

By |2017-05-20T12:29:03+00:00January 15th, 2013|Inspirations, News|Comments Off on The Year Ahead

Special Places: Pasila Library, Helsinki

I was given a lovely tour of Pasila Library last week (which has this stunning water feature). It’s Helsinki’s main library with almost 200,000 items, including materials in over 100 languages which can be sent all over Finland to other communities. Pasila Library does […]

By |2017-05-20T12:29:03+00:00April 10th, 2012|Inspirations|Comments Off on Special Places: Pasila Library, Helsinki

Sunday on Suomenlinna

The fog lifted and the sun came out this morning. For the first time, I saw Helsinki under crystal blue skies and realised how close it is to Suomenlinna. Helsinki is a low-rise city. The Russian Orthodox church pictured next to the two Viking Line […]

By |2017-05-20T12:29:03+00:00March 18th, 2012|Inspirations, News|4 Comments

A Visit to Doon Hill

In which I encounter fairies.

It started as a typical forest walk in the Stirlingshire countryside. We passed the Old Kirk cemetery (of that, dear reader, you shall hear more close to Hallowe’en.) and set off past a few houses towards a path leading up the wooded […]

By |2017-05-20T12:29:04+00:00September 5th, 2011|Inspirations|4 Comments