Well, after a shamefully long absence I'm back to tell you a few things that have been happening.
I'm currently featured illustrator on www.wordsandpics.org, the online magazine for that brilliant organisation SCBWI (British Isles).
Another piece of news is that I've recently self published with Blurb. One of my pb stories called Stanley Sniffer. Which our daughter is very pleased about, as she has been asking me to do it up in colour for ages. I think she has been really fed up with just having the b/w dummies, that float around my studio.
Lastly, I've been invited to take part in the My Writing Process Blog Tour! I am very delighted about this but also nervous, because of the extremely talented people who have gone before me.
Last week my good friend Paul Morton, was in the spotlight.
Paul is head honcho and creator of Hot Frog Graphics. Where he has been designing and illustrating for over 30 years. Paul is an amazing writer/illustrator, who has created countless children's books.
So if you haven't done so already, please mozy on down to see some of Paul's latest adventures, and find out all about his writing process.
The My Writing Process Questions!
1) What am I working on?
I'm tinkering with several pb projects at the moment.
One that I'm reworking, features a rabbit named Peggy, a growing competition, and involves cultivating friendship.
Another pb text that I have just finished polishing and am now sketching out as a dummy, had a bear as it's star. But I've now changed it into an elephant, called Edna. Fun this writing malarkey!
Yet another story I have in mind, focuses on autism. A subject I'm very fond of.
I have also started writing a full story of Stanley Sniffer. Which is a chapter book for 7-8 yr olds.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I've always seen out of the box, so I hope that my ideas are different enough to stand out.
I want my characters to show lots of emotion and charm with a sparkle of humour.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I love picture books. The way the pictures and text play harmoniously together. It gives me pleasure to make fun stories for little people. I would love to let other children read my stories, finding smiles in them.
4) How does your writing process work?
Being a visual thinker, I think up the story as a film or cartoon. Pouring it all out on paper, scribbling it down, then fleshing it out. Moulding the story until I am happy with the way it sounds.
I love getting to know who the person/creature will be. Their likes and dislikes. Where they live and everything about them. Then I can make character sketches, and models or toys of them.
If it's a picture book, I do thumbnail sketches of the scenes/spreads. Moving on to full spreads in a b/w dummy with a few colour ideas.
That's it! Apart from introducing another writer on the tour, the very creative and multi talented Lesley Moss! Drop in on Lesley next week, where she will be sharing with you her writing process!