My novel has been longlisted!

I have some unbelievable news: my novel has been longlisted for the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition!! (Can you believe it?! Nope, me neither.) Here’s what happened… I was at home last Tuesday, when the phone rang. ‘Another blooming sales call,’ I thought to myself. I sniffed dismissively and ignored the message the caller left,… Continue reading My novel has been longlisted!


I did it. I finally wrote my first novel!

This is the story of how I wrote my first novel… Last summer I spotted a Facebook post announcing The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2016. The prize was a £10,000 publishing deal. “Nice,” I said to myself, “but I don’t think I’m ready.” Three months later, I saw the same post and I thought… Continue reading I did it. I finally wrote my first novel!


The rejection letter that made me happy

In my last post I said I was waiting to hear back from a literary agent about my fifth picture book. Well, I can now reveal… that they sent me a standard rejection letter three weeks ago! [Loud raspberry noise.] Whenever I receive a rejection letter (I’ve had a few), my heart normally sinks for a… Continue reading The rejection letter that made me happy


Writing news (another book!)

Cripes, I’ve just realised I haven’t blogged since June! In case you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to, here’s a quick newsflash (actually, there’s four of them): NEWSFLASH 1: In July I was commissioned to write another book. This time it was a pocket wellbeing/self-help book. I’m never sure whether I’m allowed to reveal… Continue reading Writing news (another book!)


A big fat creative lesson

I learnt a big fat creative lesson recently. As you know, I have been doing a doodle a day for the past few weeks. So far I have drawn frogs, dogs, bees and spiders. A few weeks ago, I decided to go off-piste and make something up. So I drew this: Er, except… I almost didn’t.… Continue reading A big fat creative lesson


Less talking, more writing!

I went for a walk with a friend yesterday and he asked me how my writing was going. It took me a nanosecond to update him: I am half way through writing a children’s novel, I have written three picture books (unpublished), I am waiting to hear back about my fourth (my best, I reckon), and I… Continue reading Less talking, more writing!


Stop whining and get back to work

I had planned to write a post about my next venture. That’s still the plan but I’m taking a quick detour to share something important. I’m reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. (I wasn’t sure about the book at first but it’s just got better and better and now I am ever… Continue reading Stop whining and get back to work


Interview with award-winning children’s author, Vanessa Curtis

I have just finished reading The Earth is Singing. ?*@X&!!*£*&^#”??!!! [this is the sound of my brain imploding]. Seriously, it’s so good, I had an out of body experience and found myself walking to the computer and writing my first ever review on Amazon. You know how some books eek their way into your cells… Continue reading Interview with award-winning children’s author, Vanessa Curtis

My favourite books · Writing

Why I am allergic to most ‘how to’ books on writing

I have an admission to make: ‘how to’ writing books make me feel a bit queasy. You know the ‘classics’ you’re supposed to read? The ones that talk about grammar and style, and how to psychoanalyse your characters to within an inch of their lives? I have tried to read them. But two chapters in… Continue reading Why I am allergic to most ‘how to’ books on writing


My next book

It’s been four months since I finished writing Oh Sugar! and now that I’ve recharged my batteries, I’m itching to write my second book! The question is, what should I write next? Like most writers, I have ideas coming out of my ears. There’s my children’s novel, for starters. But there are also three non-fiction ideas buzzing round in my… Continue reading My next book