A Wintery Catch Up (and a call for support)

I received SUCH an exciting package last week. I lifted it up off the doormat and my arm ‘zinged’. Want to see inside? And those are just SOME of what was in the envelope! It was all the original illustrations from Chris Riddell’s role in my launch for Little Quakes Every Day last month –…

Watch a video from LITTLE QUAKES (and the launch is this week!)

If anything proves how fast time flies, it’s setting a launch date comfortably far in the future and then seeing how quickly it appears under your nose again. Unbelievably, the online launch of Little Quakes Every Day is in three days (this Friday, 20th November), and I’m doing some prep today. 😊 At the event…

Unboxing Little Quakes Every Day

Hoorah – sound the trumpets! For Little Quakes Every Day is officially published! Yesterday was launch day for my first full collection, and it was amazing to see lots of pre-orders arriving on the same day. I can’t wait to hear what you all think of it (though of course, in true ‘me’ fashion, I’m…

Little Quakes Every Day Launch with live illustration from Chris Riddell

It’s finally time to announce the details for my online launch for Little Quakes Every Day on 20th November, and I’ll be joined by some very special guests indeed… Hosted online by Northern Writers Studio, from 7.30pm UK time we’ll be chatting about the book and writing in general, before being joined by guest readers…

Composite Creatures – SciFiNow exclusive cover reveal and excerpt

Geeez, it’s all gearing up now, that’s for sure! I was just about to blog about my poetry collection, Little Quakes Every Day, which is published next month, when I heard on the wiggling grapevine that SciFiNow magazine had exclusively revealed the cover of my debut novel, AND released an excerpt from the first chapter!…

Chris Riddell illustrates… My poetry!

I’ve had such a lovely postal week. A couple of books here and there, some lovely fabric to make into a couple of dresses, and this highlight… A hand-illustrated copy of She Will Soar from Chris Riddell! “But how?! Why?!” I hear you cry. Well, it all began when Chris was tweeting his doodles on…

Book Publishing: Interview with a poetry editor

What does a book editor do? And could you be helped by having one? It wasn’t too long ago I finished editing my first full-length poetry collection Little Quakes Every Day. As ever, Valley Press sourced the perfect editor to work with me to make the collection the best it can be, from the ordering…

Folk Tales is happening – LIVE

What do you get if you bring together a poet, an animator, a composer, a soprano, a violinist, a theatrical director, and a whole bunch of commissioned tree stumps? Folk Tales – that’s what! Check out the glorious artwork! I’m getting this printed to frame at home. It’s so beautiful. I’ve getting more and more…

How I’m de-tangling my narrative knots

I posted on Twitter recently (do you follow me on Twitter? Here’s the link if you don’t!) about how I’ve been really struggling with concentration lately. Usually, I’m good at compartmentalising life – switching from thing to thing and concentrating on that sole thing at once. But recently… Well… Nope. Not sure whether it’s the…

What happens when you pre-order a book?

It’s time for some EXCELLENT news! Ever thought that one minute something seems like a lifetime away, and the next – it’s on your doorstep? Well, it looks like my first full poetry collection is available for pre-order! I can’t believe it’s officially launched in just a few months. Unreal. Pre-orders help authors and publishers…