I got home yesterday from my third SCBWI-Con (the yearly conference of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and, yes, I’m suffering from a dose of post-con blues! Just look at these lovely people! They sure now how to party (and dress up!). But what do I mean by ‘plug yourself in’? Joining … More #SCBWI-Con18 – plug yourself in!
So, as my current middle-grade fantasy novel, Dragonspire moves into it’s third draft, I now have a little friend to cheer me along. Meet, Kthar… This little fellow is the product of my imagination and the amazing sculpting skills of Felicity Lloyd-Coombes (http://www.lloydcoombesceramics.co.uk/lloyd-coombes-ceramics/) whom I was lucky enough to stumble upon when I accompanied my wife … More Dragonspire – Meet Kthar!
2018 is going to be mad-busy! This is what I will be up to… hopefully. … More 2018!
Netflix do ‘choose your own adventure’ stories 21st century style. … More Choose Your Own Adventure – 21st Century style
Alas, The Mad Moon Mission faced some tough competition from many other excellent self-published books in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards and didn’t win a coveted Gold, Silver or Bronze Award. Nevertheless, being a finalist means that the story achieved a score of 30 or more out of 40 which is amazing. Although getting an award … More Close, oh so close!
I was asked this question recently by my editor on the Golden Egg Foundation Course, Emma Greenwood just this past weekend and my answer was because I want children to read my stories and enjoy them. That is the ultimate prize for me. I couldn’t be more delighted to be able to share here a book … More Why I write
I am really chuffed to be able to say that The Mad Moon Mission has been nominated as a finalist in the children’s 9-12 year old category in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2016. Finalists were announced last week. I entered The Crazy Christmas Caper in the same competition back in 2013. I was … More The Mad Moon Mission is an award finalist!
At long last the paperback version of The Mad Moon Mission have finally arrived from the publishers! It’s amazing to have them at long last and my children can start handing them out to their friends. The Kindle/iBook version should be available for tablets, etc in the next couple of weeks.
I am lucky enough to have a study at home. A writing space all of my own where I can be as geeky and as creative as I like. Here’s a picture of me next to some of the many books on my ‘TBR’ (to be read!) shelf and the figurines I had made of Skinny … More Check out my writing cave!
What’s going on here? Looks like the twins are in some sort of cave… Working with Curt on these illustrations has been great fun. There’s a good deal of checking that’s required to make sure that characters look right and that there are no inconsistencies between the written word on the page and the illustrated scene. … More More artwork from the new book!