Edinburgh is a fascinating place. It’s history and creativity accompany journeys along its cobbled streets, and with every step I can’t help but feel inspired.
It’s is here in this city where I have rediscovered my passion for writing and art. .
Over the past year I have come to understand the age old saying “You can do anything you put your mind to”.
Last year I wrote three children’s stories inspired by my boys. Deep down I knew they needed to be illustrated. At first I didn’t believe it could be done but slowly over time I started to believe that maybe it could.
Many, many late nights later I am so excited to say that if you believe in yourself you can!!!
Even if the deadline you gave yourself for the beginning of December turns into the end of December and even if you end up staying up too late. You can!
My latest book was inspired by the Edinburgh Christmas Markets and the joy it brings.
Edinburgh City Festivity is available exclusively on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited. It will be on promotion tomorrow for FREE download.
Halloween seems to have continued in our house. The crafts and stories have not lost their charm, and they probably will continue until we start Christmas crafts, stories and baking.
Sticking with the Halloween theme and fun I am happy to announce that my new book Hoo at the Zoo is now available on Amazon. It’s a rhyming story aimed at young children but can be enjoyed by all ages.
Owen and Carson take a special trip to the zoo on Halloween night for a picnic and treasure trail too! They are dressed as pirates, ready to find treasure.
“Hat, eye-patch and a pouch for loot,
Stripy top, bandana and boots”
“The zoo has everything you can imagine. Ghosts, ghouls, pumpkins and candy. Witches with cauldrons cooking up spells. Frankenstein and Dracula have goodies to sell.”
I wrote the story a year ago and have been working on the illustrations over the past couple of months. Illustrating Hoo at the Zoo was a lot different to illustrating A Wonderful Thing to Win as I had the opportunity to use Procreate. It helped make the illustration process a bit faster (not fast enough to make it in time for Halloween, but faster nonetheless).
If you and your little ones are still in the mood for something Halloweeny follow the link below.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending my morning at Stockbridge Library. This is part of our usual Saturday routine. After swimming we take a stroll down to the library and the boys discover new books. This morning was a bit different though as it was the start of the November display. This month illustrations from my first children’s book, A Wonderful Thing to Win, will be on display.
Big thanks to the fantastic, supportive staff for helping to make this happen!
It’s rather windy here today. Strangely warm though! Make sure you hold on tight to your balloon. Don’t let it float away…
This is an illustration from A Wonderful Thing to Win. Where the bright blue balloon does float away but is discovered in an unexpected place. Owen and Carson make a rocket in order to bring it home. They use materials found in the recycling box. An adventure follows as they soar up, up, up to retrieve their bright blue balloon.
“If the balloon floats up, up, up until they can’t see it anymore
They’ll soar up, up, up until they bring it home once more”
I have recently published my first picture book ( A Wonderful Thing to Win) on Amazon Kindle and Kindle Unlimited. I really enjoyed working on this illustration where the bright blue balloon is “floating on its own next to the moon”. Thought I would share it with you all.
I have recently published my first picture book entitled A Wonderful Thing to Win. The whole process was exciting and challenging. It felt like everyday I had butterflies in my stomach.
Once the story was written I realised very quickly that a children’s story needs illustrations. When I first challenged myself to illustrate the book I had a very definite starting point – to draw or design Owen and Carson.
This week I have been looking through some of the first illustrations and designs. I used graph paper and pencil to play around with shapes and styles, and boy were there a lot of them!
Here are a few below.
It was a great feeling to finally settle on a design/ style for Owen & Carson’s Bright Blue Balloon. At this point it felt like the journey had finally begun.
I have always hoped to be a writer and have always loved writing poetry and stories. In recent years (after becoming a Mum) I have been immersed in a world of creativity and imagination where anything is possible. We go on daily adventures through imaginative play (to the land of dinosaurs or to the moon) and children’s literature (some books are copies I have from childhood and others are on our kindle e-reader). The sky is the limit and it is amazing to have the opportunity to revisit childhood and just imagine, be anything you want to be, tap into your creativity.
About a year ago I started writing a story inspired by my boys entitled A Wonderful Thing to Win It’s been a great adventure writing and illustrating this book and I am so excited to announce its now available exclusively on Amazon kindle and Kindle Unlimited (in all Amazon stores) [ search for ASIN B07GCPJ3FQ]