According to Winnie the Pooh, “when you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.” (https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/97211-when-you-see-someone-putting-on-his-big-boots-you) Well, I’m getting ready to pack my own Big Boots ready for this northern hemisphere’s summer adventure. After a lot of a lot of research (thanks hugely to

Empty Nests

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 by

Empty nest syndrome is when your children grow up and leave home, leaving their parents alone in the family nest. I believe writers have the same emotions when they come to the end of a character. At the moment, the last in the Strange Sagas of Sabrina Summers is at the editor. I feel as

Since my books are inspired by and borrow from characters who were created by or whose stories were collected by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, I was excited to see this free MOOC (massive open online course) run by the University of Southern Denmark: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/hans-christian-andersens-fairy-tales #FLFairyTales I’ve just completed week one which covered the

I really love this story from Fairfax Media’s stuff.co.nz on life tips from J K Rowling. I admire her not because she’s a successful author of children’s book (I’m just jealous of that ;), but because of how she respects her success and uses it. The link to the original is: http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/celebrities/10451034/15-life-tips-from-JK-Rowling In short: she believes in

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On Belonging

Sunday, 30 August 2015 by

Yesterday, my book group (The Redcliffes Book Discussion Group, part of the Book Discussion Scheme) won tickets to see Patricia Grace in conversation with Paula Morris in Christchurch. It was part of this year’s Word Festival. It might have been a bit of an ‘ask’ to get us all there by 10am on a Sunday

Witchy Wu

Sunday, 02 August 2015 by

I’ve recently been asked about Witchy Wu, the out and out baddy of the Dralfynia sagas, and why I made her a Chinese shaman instead of a Grimm Brothers witch. The name popped into my head first, and I looked up the meaning afterwards. According to Wikipedia, a wu is a Chinese shaman who is

Putting it off

Monday, 08 June 2015 by

Today I have to start to re-write the first quarter of The Uncomfortable Glass slipper, not my favourite job as an author. Although I’m much happier with the new plan and know it’s the right thing to do, I’m putting it off. Writing from scratch is much more exciting to me. So, instead of my revisions I’ve done three loads

I am well underway with writing Sabrina Summers’ Second Saga, and having great fun plotting things to do to the Beast and to Witchy Wu. I am being kept company by Cleo, who has taken over the best chair in my study, and Twinkle, who has made a nest from the brown paper that wrapped

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A reader who is almost 13 recently asked me about the third word in “The Uncooperative Flying Carpet” which is “slanted”. I explained it meant that the rain came down in a slant because of the strong wind, but it started me thinking about extending readers by including words they haven’t come across before and

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Young Adult Fiction

Saturday, 07 March 2015 by

One of the things I truly love about writing for children and (soon) for young adults is being able to read what else is out there. I’m almost at the end of Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy, and although I want to know what happens, I also don’t what it to finish. It’s a terrific read

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