Sunday, 26 August 2012

Work in Progress


I'm painting and drawing like crazy at the moment, creating the illustrations for my new novel. As always, there will be loads of pictures. It's bliss being able to draw all day instead of typing. Although it's great to write, I really love making the images. It's my favourite bit. A lot of the story takes place on a beach so I'm drawing surfboards and wetsuits and cool teenagers having fun . . . as well as coping with some serious traumas. It's a real tear-jerker, doesn't yet have a title (maybe this week) and will be hitting the shelves in May 2013! Here's a sneak peek for those who can't wait that long.
BREAKING NEWS: The title has been confirmed! It's 'Everything is Fine - and other lies I tell myself'. The character above is the heroine, Esther. She's clearly NOT fine. In fact, she's about as far from 'fine' as it's possible to be. Poor Esther.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

More Festivals

Hello. Have you had a great summer? There was so much cool stuff to enjoy this year wasn't there? Jubilee, Olympics, book festivals. Soon enough you'll be thinking about going back to school. I already have.
Well, here's something else to really look forward to in the autumn - the Bath Festival of Children's Literature which runs from 28th September until 7th October. There are loads of awesome events for kids of all ages, and it's especially exciting if you are a teenager because this year there's a whole new teen programme called KLF. (Here's the brochure. Can you tell who designed the logo and did the illustrations?!)
Check out the website for Darren Shan, Moira Young, Sophie McKenzie, J D Sharpe, Julia Donaldson, Cathy Cassidy, Horrible Histories with Martin Brown, Dr Who, Dinosaurs and . . . me!