Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Knitted character from new book

So this is becoming quite a habit - meet Mr G from my new book But What I Really Want is a Box 


Monday, July 25, 2016

It's feedback like that, that makes all the effort worth while...

I had a good morning at Clifton Library Summer Craft Fair on Saturday. I met a lady who'd bought a copy of Doodle Mayhem from me at a Christmas fair, and her grandson had loved the book.

But the part that really made my day was getting an email later that evening from a mum who had bought a book for her daughter. She'd read But I'm Not Sleepy 8 times in the afternoon, and then again when it was her daughter's chosen story at bedtime, and she went to sleep with the little knitted sheep in her cot - it's feedback like that, that makes all the effort worth while.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Sending books out in style...

Captain is very pleased with the new packaging, he found it discarded on a chair, and instantly took up residence.

But what was the packaging from...? My new bright orange envelopes - because I want my books to arrive in style and make a statement. These are just for the Doodle series at present - but I've ordered some larger ones for the picture books, which will be here in a few days...!


So why should you order this book? What better way to start the summer holidays than a bright orange envelope dropping through your letter box, addressed to your child, and containing a book. A book full of imagination, about a doodle called Iver No-Idea and his dog HB. 

Step into a world where words and pictures come alive and interact with the real world... 


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Book signing in York - I believe there'll also be coffee and cake...

Lost in a Book will be out and about at Clifton Library Summer Craft Fair in York on Saturday 23rd July - come along and pick up a summer read, or a sheep...

I believe there'll be coffee and cakes there too! I do seem to be drawn to events where there's coffee and cakes... there seems to be something about coffee, cakes and books that just goes together.


Monday, July 18, 2016

Read for pleasure this summer holiday - forget targets just read

The summer holidays is the perfect time to read a book, just because you want to, no pressure, no reading list or targets, just read because you’re absorbed in a story and can’t wait to find out what happens next, or just to escape into a fantasy world for a while.

I’ll never forget the summer when reading finally clicked for me – the ground work had been done, I’d read my share of reading books, but it was still hard work – but then , one summer holidays I became completely absorbed in The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton. I read it every spare moment, even in the car. Suddenly I was being told to put my book down and go and play, which I’m sure I did – at the end of the chapter...

The seeds had been sown at an early age, as I’d always been read to, but that summer was when my imagination finally flew – I could read what I wanted, when I wanted – there was no looking back.

So now I write the kind of books that I hope will spark imaginations, and make children want to read, just for the joy of it.

Doodle Mayhem is a fun read, which came about when I read an article about not letting your characters take over – well that just sent my imagination into overdrive, why shouldn’t a character take over? And how can you stop them anyway?  I find that once a character starts to speak, they take on a life of their own, and then there’s no knowing what is going to happen...
So step into a world where drawings come alive, meet Eric’s doodles Iver No-Idea and his dog HB as they cause their own brand of trouble.

Eric would rather doodle than write a story, but when the words start to disappear off the page in front of him, and his doodle starts talking to him, he thinks he must be dreaming.

Eric's doodle has come to life, and he's getting bored; he jumps into Miranda's story, where he gets attacked by a rubber, then he's blown off his feet when Natasha sneezes. Miss Roper is getting angrier by the second. How will Eric ever finish his story, when his doodle just wants to have fun, and create havoc? 



Friday, July 15, 2016

Children love boxes, because when you have a box you can play anything...

Coming soon 

New from Lost in a Book: 


Being printed right now ready for an August 1st publication:

I'm sure this book will strike a cord with many people, we all know that we can buy a child the most expensive toy only to find them playing happily with the box... because if you have a box, it can be anything you want it to be...

See what Ollie's imagination can come up with once he has an empty box to play with... 


Monday, July 11, 2016

New book coming soon from Lost in a Book

Coming soon 

New from Lost in a Book: 


Being printed right now ready for an August 1st publication:
We all know that children love boxes - Ollie has lots of toys, but all he really wants is a box, because when you have a box you can play anything, all you need is a little imagination...

So what next - a launch is needed.

As  a self publisher I wear many hats, today it has been the publisher's hat, which is a sensible hat, one that didn't distract me as I filled in the important forms and figured out codes - but next I get to put on a launch hat - I think it should be fun and attention grabbing - or, given the title and subject, should it just be a box... and a little imagination...?