• Voice

    Finding my voice

    For an author to improve it is essential that they submit their work to others for constructive criticism and feedback. I have done this on many occasions. My feedback has come from family, friends, my writers group, competitions, editors and publishing houses. The main area that needs more attention to detail is ‘my voice’. I need to find it. But firstly I needed to understand what that meant exactly. Luckily enough a few blogs have been written recently on this very topic: Emma walton Hamilton has written a great piece about ‘Voice Exercises‘. It is not an uncommon problem thankfully, as she says that: “Children’s book authors often grapple with…

  • Illustration

    Hello world!

    After a long break from drawing, painting and other artistic activities, I have decided to venture back into the world of imagery again. Life is too short not to take risks every now and then, so I have been taking myself out of my comfort zone and giving myself new challenges. I have been attending writing courses for picture books, practicing digital art with Art Rage on my Bamboo pad and have recently completed the PiBoIdMo writing challenge. I am feeling quite proud of mysel, but also a little bit nervous. I would like to be a children’s author. And one day I would like to illustrate my own books.…