major award winning Children's Author

Writing

Seriously funny

I’m so glad to see ‘This Book Is Funny‘ gathering momentum and support. It shouldn’t need to be argued that funny books are just as important as serious ones, or that the well crafted ones deserve to be equally lauded. Funny isn’t just important; funny […]

Pencil Tip #20: Keep moving forwards

A friend showed me her knitting project the other day. She’s making a blanket for her niece by stitching together the most neatly knitted squares I’ve ever seen. When I asked how she managed to keep every single row looking so perfect, she told me […]

Pencil Tip #19: Put character first

I’ve just come home from a trip to the cinema – Rio 2. I’m a little bit in love with Nigel the evil cockatoo. What a great bad guy. I sort of wish he were one of my inventions, but starting with a character is […]

Pencil Tip #18: Visit the Picture Book Den

I was recently invited to join the Picture Book Den group of bloggers; a team of picture book authors and illustrators who team up to run a blog dedicated to discussing all things about – you guessed it – picture books. I was truly honoured […]

Pencil Tip #17: Ring fence your writing time

Pencil Tip #17: Ring fence your writing time

Aah, Wednesday mornings. Both of my kids are at nursery, so I have four whole hours in which to write. I usually write in my attic bedroom, either on or in bed, with a frequently topped up cup of tea to keep me going. I’ve […]