I was lucky enough to be allowed to watch my books being printed at my local printing firm on their lithographic printer. This is the pile of paper being sucked up and passed on. Each sheet will hold 8 pages of my book which is later folded and trimmed. The paper goes down the slide… Continue reading The Printing Process – Lithographic Printing
The day has finally arrived! My children’s book, The Water Dragons: Too Heavy to Fly, is now out in the world at long last. When Silver sees a soaring buzzard he decides to learn how to fly. Together with his sister, Pearl, they make a pair of wings. But flying isn’t as easy as it… Continue reading The Water Dragons is Available to Buy!
I have to admit, I wasn’t a girly girl. I used to play with my brother’s toys, climb trees, and dreamed about being a warrior princess. But as adults, tradition and society often influence our roles in life, what we should and shouldn’t do based on our gender. Modern life is blurring the gender differences… Continue reading Boy Vs Girl Fictional Gender Roles for Characters.
There’s a famous writing saying that gets banded around the internet: It means that sometimes, no matter how much you love a scene, a character, or some other element, sometimes it has to be brutally cut from the book if it doesn’t have a purpose. I spent a long time (quite a few days) designing… Continue reading My Biggest Compromise with The Water Dragons
People ask me what the moral is in my book. My Aunt works in a library and often does readings for children. She told me she likes it when a kid’s book has a moral, and she can explain it to the children after reading the book. I read a piece of writing advice from… Continue reading Is it Ok to have Morals in Children’s Books?
As a child I remember holding one of my brother’s Warhammer books and studying the image. It was so full of life, so much on the page, and every time I looked I saw something different. Every soldier was unique with his own stance and facial expression. I was inspired by great artwork from a… Continue reading Creating the Artwork for The Water Dragons
Where did the ideas come from? For the characters, I wanted creatures that were flexible in what they could do (to give me a good scope for plot ideas.) I knew I wanted a natural setting and I did research into wildlife native to the UK. I researched kids programs and characters and decided to… Continue reading How I Designed my Children’s Characters
For a while now I’ve been silent on the social media front. Being fed up in a dead end job, I lost myself for a long time trying to figure out what I wanted to do in life. I had a long struggle but I have still been working on my own projects. I’m not… Continue reading Cover Reveal of my Secret Project – The Water Dragons