Ever wondered how to write a children’s book? Find out what goes into it...
I would assume that any of you who stumble upon this post are writers. Most blog readers, in my experience, are. I don't really consider myself to be a writer (in spite of what I'm currently doing). I have written and had published three books; I have written and not had published a further one … Continue reading Finding the write time
I definitely don't want to get into a discussion about what's PC and what's not - gender identity in children is something of a hot topic at the moment, and I don't want to cause any controversy by passing comment. But what I do want to write about is something that I have been thinking … Continue reading Books for boys and books for girls…
Being a children's author, I want to do what I can to help promote my books and get my name out there. I know all too well that the children's market is absolutely inundated with fantastic authors, illustrators and fabulous books. It is an exceptionally difficult genre to get into and competition is huge. So … Continue reading What makes for a “successful” author – and what should I do online?
Hello website visitors and blog readers! It's been a while, but I'm back online and I have some very exciting news to share... My third book has just been sent off to print! Yep, third. That must make me an almost-proper author now, right? I'll be posting updates about my new book over the next … Continue reading Book news
Unsurprisingly, I enjoy writing. It's not always particularly easy, and sometimes ideas and inspiration can be hard to come by. I'm sure most writers will know the feeling of looking at a blank page and wondering what happened to all those brain cells they used to have. But inevitably an idea will befall you, and … Continue reading Inspirational places to write
So, I didn't really think I'd ever appear at a book festival, other than having my books on sale in the big white tents in Edinburgh. But in my hometown of Linlithgow, the wonderful bookshop Far From the Madding Crowd organises a children's book festival for the town's primary schools, in the community's very own … Continue reading Further From Festival
Exciting news (for me)! It's Book Week Scotland this month (don't know what that is? Look here) and I will be reading both of my wee stories to eleven primary school classes in my local area during the celebrations! This will be the first time I've taken The Kilted Coo to read in a school, … Continue reading Book Week Scotland 2017
The biggest news in Scottish books this week is the release of everyone's favourite yogi Finlay Wilson's Kilted Yoga which was published on Thursday. I'm a big fan of Finlay on Instagram (and his dog!) and so in tribute to a fellow Scot's new book, here's a little parody poem about when my Kilted Coo … Continue reading Drew the Kilted Coo Tries Kilted Yoga
This might look like an ordinary copy of Ruan the Little Red Squirrel, but it is in fact a very special copy. It was sent to me by a lovely Mum who had a wonderful story to tell and she has happily let me share it with you. Mum sent me a message a week … Continue reading A very special Ruan