Most of you know that I'm studying for a PhD... Well this is my last year so I've been thinking... What next? Well, I have a plan. In the new year we are hoping to get the studio set up in the 'soon-to-be-converted' garage. This will mean I can start drawing and writing in earnest.… Continue reading Happy Halloween
And this one is from the PhD. Every wander what it would have been like to find yourself in an asylum in Victorian Wales? Have a look at the story. TEARS AND SAND
Yep... the cover is done and I'm awaiting the proof. It looks like it will be out for release in May. I'll keep you posted for the date though. It's one of the For Children series I want to do. Next will either be the Victorians or the Stuarts... Not sure which.
Nellie Bly, the first investigative journalist.
When I was a kid my teacher told me not to try going to become a vet because I just wouldn't make it. At the time I was struggling through GCSEs and trying to pick my A-Level subjects. I chose to follow the arts, because I'm good at it and It seemed easy. But I… Continue reading Nerves, Papers and Academia
So I was invited on a BAME and marginalised voices writing retreat. It was for those who are under-represented in the writing and publishing world. I guess ideally this would never have come about because no one would be on the edges and left out. The reality though is that I am less likely to… Continue reading Writing Retreats and Free Apples
No, I don’t mean we ought to kill people or small animals. It is a saying in writing circles. You kill your darlings… The parts of the book that you work so hard to get perfect and instead you have to cut them to make the story flow. In Here Be Dragons I had a… Continue reading Killing your darlings
It is strange meeting people you haven’t seen in years. On the honeymoon I had the opportunity to meet up with some mates I hadn’t seen in about twenty years. How much do you change in 20 years? The answer is loads and not that much at all. It was weird. They said I was… Continue reading The Meeting
You used to see that on maps, old maps… Don’t go any closer because here be monsters, and then a waterfall or illustration. But this is the chosen name for the last in the series of the Here Be Dragons children books I’ve written. Yes, there are monsters, but no they aren’t all as nasty… Continue reading Here Be Monsters
I used to do them all the time, but I stopped advertising and they just dropped off... But I have been thinking of starting up again and drawing some wildlife. I have found myself wanting to pick up the paintbrush and the pencil and start working again. That is if I can squeeze it around… Continue reading Pet Portraits