And so all of this got me thinking of some writing prompts for kids in our current at-home situation. I hope someone, somewhere, finds them useful...
It's more important than ever that now, we recognise in ourselves and in each other how our mental health is faring. This is, of course, a writer's blog - and what I'm here to do as I climb down from my small soap box is write about how writing could help with mental health issues.
The unicorn really is an unusual mythical beast. Built like a horse, it is a large and strong animal but it is also gentle, fairy-like and (nowadays) most often rainbow coloured. It’s fairly well known, up here anyway, that the unicorn is Scotland’s national animal – we won’t thank you for a bull or an … Continue reading The Story of the Scottish Unicorn
I have a few close friends who are teachers, which means that occasionally I receive some reliable, usually humorous and always honest reviews of my stories from them when my stories have been used for carpet-time reading. This week, my lovely friend 'Mrs K' sent me the following her Friday afternoon story time. This is … Continue reading A magical review for The Unicorn in the Castle
I love this time of year because it's around about the Scottish Book Trust's Book Week Scotland that I'm usually able to visit some primary schools and meet their fab kids - definitely one of the best things about writing children's books! I have two visits lined up for November this year - the fabulous … Continue reading School Visits
Goodness, it's been a age since I've written a blog post on here! I'd love to say that that's because I've been beavering away on a new book - and I have - but alas, life-work-health-exercise-house-move-dog-walking-full-time-job-family have also gotten in the way of fully dedicating my time to this! I've also just recently discovered that … Continue reading Writer’s Blo(g)ck
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?