So, we're still in lockdown in Scotland and my bookshelves are calling me - though I've not made the time to read I thought I might.
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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
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
Its been publication week this week, and what a start Drew and I got off to. Thanks to a well received (for me at least) Facebook competition my post reach far exceed anything I've ever had before - at last look my page had reached more than nine thousand people in the last week. For … Continue reading The Kilted Coo is oot the noo
Recently I visited the lovely Bellsquarry Primary School where I met a very talented group of children in P3/2. I was made to feel very welcome with posters and welcome signs for my arrival! I went along to read Ruan the Little Red Squirrel to kick off their Scottish topic of classwork. Ruan's travels formed … Continue reading Budding authors at Bellsquarry Primary
Blogging friends, if I could have a moment or two... I have some exciting news for you - I'm thrilled to announce that book number two Is on the way about a coo called Drew. Most of the details are still under wraps But for now I'll give you some of the facts: Illustrated by … Continue reading A Poem…