Empty Nest Syndrome

Yesterday I waved my youngest off into the big wide world.  I packed him up some mutton pies, brushed down his tattered trousers, and watched him disappear off into the Victorian London sunset to seek his fortune.

This isn’t his first time away from home.  Not by a long chalk.  The cheeky little feller keeps coming back, demanding rewrites.  And more pies.  He’s very fond of pies.  But I’m trying my best not to think about him now.  It’s for the best.  No wondering what he’s up to.  No brooding over how he might be faring out there.  It’s time to throw myself into something new.  And thanks to the fabulous folks at Writing Magazine there’s a new literary adventure just around the corner, in the shape of my prize trip to the Iceland Writers Retreat in Reykjavik.  So it’s out with the Victorian ragamuffin garb and straight on with the Viking hat…

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Yes, I know it’s got horns.  It’s also a tad pinker than is strictly authentic…

 

 

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COVER REVEAL – BEWARE THE LITTLE WHITE RABBIT

Soon her eye fell on a beautiful new book lying on the table: she opened it, and found an amazing collection of stories that seemed to say ‘READ ME’…

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Leap Books will be celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with this beautiful collection of Alice-inspired stories.  Expect Cheshire grins, moments of terror, fantastical settings, romance, and, of course, mayhem!

BEWARE THE LITTLE WHITE RABBIT releases on April 14, 2015 with stories by Laura Lascarso, Charlotte Bennardo, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Norris, David Turnbull, Jacqueline Horsfall, Medeia Sharif, Tom Luke, Jessica Bayliss, Crystal Schubert, Holly Odell, Liam Hogan & ME.

UPDATE 12th February: CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ANIMATED COVER! 

“Oh, Mr Tigger!”

Be sure to check out Nick Cross’ amazing Massive Mash-Up Machine over at Who Ate My Brain for a hilarious new approach to penning your next children’s bestseller.

I got Winnie-the-Pooh meets Pride and Prejudice and will never be able to look at Tigger in quite the same light again.  (It’s that bit where he steps out of the lake that gets me… the water dripping off his bright orange fur…  Why, it’s enough to make a girl quite weak at the knees.)

Sea Monsters & Pond Dancers

The latest edition of the Middle Grade fantasy magazine, ‘Spellbound‘, is out now.  It’s chock-full of sea monstery goodness, including my own short story ‘The Skrímsli’. Unfortunately I’m a bit short on decent sea monster photos to insert at this point (curses on the Kraken for swallowing my waterproof camera) so I’m going with a local pond-dancer instead.  Butter wouldn’t melt in his little gosling mouth, but you wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of his mother…

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