The Sapling is a fantastic website totally devoted to children's books in New Zealand. As part of their coverage of 2017's NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, they asked the five finalists of the Russell Clark Award for Illustration to interview each other. The illustrators are: Kieran Rynhart, David Elliot, Toby Morris, Jenny Cooper … Continue reading Behind the scenes of great illustrators
Hi folks, I'm excited to announce that my lovely printer, Chris Else at BookPrinting, has kindly agreed to sponsor the NZ Young Writers' Anthology - yay! Chris has been my primary printer since The Caretaker of Imagination was published. We had an error from my overseas printer, which would have resulted in having no books … Continue reading Sponsorship for the anthology!
Hi writers! I've been thinking about all the school visits I've done as an author, and all the wonderful questions I've been asked by children and teachers. With these in mind, I've decided to create a series of short books that tackle these questions in-depth. The first one, which I'm working on now, will be … Continue reading Non-fiction writing series
Last Saturday was the third annual NZ Book Festival, where Poppy and I released the second annual anthology: Heroes. Poppy read wonderfully from her story during 'celebrity storytime'. We were also graced by the presence of Ella (who wrote this foreword for the book) and my niece Angie, who contributed a guest story The Witches' Assassin, … Continue reading Release of Heroes!
This year, at the very last minute, I decided that I'd really like a foreword for the anthology. And who better to do one than one of last year's winners? I got in touch with Ella, and she said yes (yay!). She then sent me nothing short of a superhero(ine) foreword. So without further ado, … Continue reading A note from a superhero author
With senior exams looming, a couple of my students have asked me about study tips, including motivation. I told them what I do to get myself writing / editing / doing boring admin stuff when I'd rather be doing something fun. 'Butt-in-seat' is a common approach (put your butt on the seat and work), but I find … Continue reading Unmotivated? Reward yourself.
In line with last year's cover art, I'm keeping it simple. I'm not sure yet whether I'll seek sponsorship or not, but I've left space for it if necessary 🙂
Today held the equally thrilling and heart-wrenching task of notifiying the talented young writers about whether or not their story made the book this year. The submission was 'blind', which meant I did not see the writer - or their age - when selecting the pieces. I looked for stories that would come together to create … Continue reading Heroes Anthology 2016: Winners Selected
Hi writers! So, this isn't a writing tip, but illustrations are important and I know that most of you are interested in drawing as well. I've just signed up for this free* class on skillshare, and thought I'd share it with you: Face Shapes: Explore Character Using 9 Simple Shapes *At the time of posting, … Continue reading Illustration class: drawing faces
Here are a couple of methods I use to plan my stories before I write (yes, your teacher is right - planning is mucho important!).