So what have I been up to? Well, I can say that after a long time in gestation, Magic For Sale will be released through Holiday House Inc in the US on 25th July. Written by Carrie Clickard, it's a spooky 32- page picture book in rhyming verse, full of potions and monsters.... I can't show much of my work on this book yet, but I can reveal the cover!
Magic For Sale can be pre-ordered through the publisher or online sellers now, more on this title shortly!
Until recently I've had little experience of working with schools, despite the number of books I've illustrated - for a variety of reasons it was just an area I'd never really pursued. But in February I crossed an important threshold and did two school visits to a local school. It was a revelation! Here's my report on the experience for the SCBWI journal Words & Pictures. I can now officially count myself within the ranks of author/illustrators who visit schools, if you're involved with schools, do get in touch!
Right now I'm working on a series of three early-reader novels about historic harbour boats in New Zealand, black-and-white drawings and coloured covers. I'll reveal more about these lovely stories once the project is completed, but you can see some work in progress through my instagram account
Everyone has ideas, even non-writers and illustrators, some of them good, some bad, all my ideas get jotted down in a little notebook I carry everywhere with me. But these are just concepts, polishing them into a finished story submission for professional publishing can be challenging, it's a different part of the brain than pure illustration. I'm not much for developing ideas from my illustrations, because my drawings tell their own, visual narrative, I actually prefer not to think too much about images at all when I write stories! Anyway, it's an area I'm trying to revive.... wish me luck!