Five Writing Lessons I’ve Relearned

What do you do when your ‘work in progress’ stops progressing?

I am currently writing a middle grade fantasy novel. Having published three novels and one novella already, you might think I’m just flying through this project with no hiccups. But here’s the thing: even experienced writers deal with barriers and […]

I have joined Instagram!

The only surprise is why it took me so long to discover Instagram! But I am finally posting images here and it’s feeling fine. And here’s the really nice thing – it is acting as a prompt to play more with photography, to post quick paintings and sketches and to interact with readers as […]

By | 2017-12-14T15:09:29+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Gallery Art, Inspirations, My Current Projects, News|Comments Off on I have joined Instagram!

Summer Highlights: Leeds West Indian Carnival 50th Anniversary Project

As summer highlights go, this one is right up there. In the spring I had the honour of being asked to create an illustrated map for the Leeds West Indian Carnival‘s 50th anniversary as part of a Heritage Lottery Grant project.

Every late August bank holiday, the Carnival brings colour, […]

By | 2017-09-23T16:02:55+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|General Updates, Illustration, My Current Projects, News|Comments Off on Summer Highlights: Leeds West Indian Carnival 50th Anniversary Project

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 | 2017-05-20T12:29:01+00:00 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

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 | 2017-05-20T12:29:03+00:00 March 31st, 2012|Events, My Current Projects, News|Comments Off on Helsinki: Another Exciting Week in the World of Finnish Books