I am a children’s book author and illustrator based near York in North Yorkshire. Despite doing an HNC in Illustration in Bournemouth nearly 20 years ago I didn’t do anything more with illustration for many years. I did however spend most of my spare time painting, with a particular passion for landscapes in acrylics. But what I loved more than anything was everything whimsical, so 3 years ago I studied children’s book illustration with the London Art College.
To help me write stories to go with my illustrations I also took up a local opportunity to attend a 20 week course in creative writing for children. Both of these were to spark a love of writing stories for children and creating characters who stories I wanted to tell.
I have submerged myself in illustrating, not only for myself but also for commissions. I was commissioned in 2016 to do the cover artwork for a children’s historical novel, Beast on the Broch”, by F.K.Fulton. I have also illustrated a picture book for a fellow writer who is self publishing a series of picture books, Miss Pickle a Dizzy Witch.
I was lucky enough to meet a local publisher, Stairwell Books and they published my first picture book, Mouse Pirate, for which I am author and illustrator, in September 2017. I am currently working on a new project with Stairwell Books for another of their writers.
My love of whimsy doesn’t end there. For the last 7 years I have been designing and making creatures from all manner of plush materials and yarn. I was thrilled to be able to combine all these passions in Mouse Pirate. I have also been commissioned by a number of published authors to re-create their book characters in plush for book events and publicity.
I have been writing picture books, chapter books and Middle Grade fantasy adventure novels for the 8-12 age range. My love of fantasy and creatures shape my writing. They are my passion. I have been chasing a traditional publishing opportunity for my novels whilst being an active member of the NE group of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
I enjoy running a writing critique and networking with other writers through groups and writing courses. I have taken the plunge this year to self publish one of my fantasy adventure novels, The Curse of the Goldicoot.