Christmas Cheer

Christmas Cheer

Christmas Cheer I love Christmas. I love the gathering, the sharing, the wonder. Okay, also the feasting. It’s crazy busy always, but fabulous to spend time with family and friends. After the last couple of years, being together is even more special. I also love...
A new page

A new page

A New Page is a good thing? This is the scariest thing in a writer’s life. A blank page. Or is that just me? I have many a beautiful notebook that remains in pristine state, because I’m too scared to make a mark on a page. I’m much better with...
Happy World Oceans Day!

Happy World Oceans Day!

Happy World Oceans Day How wonderful are our oceans? From the beach to the rock pools to the deep dark trenches, there is so much to love, so much to wonder at. Perhaps it’s not such a surprise that the ocean has been a feature of many of my books. It’s...
A Clean Desk

A Clean Desk

A Clean Desk   … well, to be perfectly honest … a clean-ER desk   … but nowhere near as clean as this one. I’ve just submitted a picture book manuscript and now the waiting begins. This story nearly killed me! Dramatic? A touch, perhaps, but I...
Treasure! The beginnings…

Treasure! The beginnings…

Pirates!  The beginnings.. About eight years ago, I wrote a picture book story based on an ‘auto-correct’ phrase. Not one I made, but one that another poet conjured when we were part of a summer poetry blog called A Poem A Day. A Poem A Day was set up by...