To be seen on screen?

Well, what a grand finale to my 3 years of plugging away at my novel. It just goes to show that a little effort each day truly does go a long way (no matter how painful and futile it seems at some points!).

As we speak, I am writing the synopsis for a TV production company (or rather, applying displacement activities such as updating my blog page). So I best get on, after all, this is what I’ve worked so hard for, there’s no putting my feet up just yet! And a word of advice for other budding novelists – keep flippin’ going!

Watch this space…

Above: One of the main characters in my memoir ‘My Crazy Chinglish Life’

And it’s off to the publishers

It was a nervous moment sending my manuscript to the publishers, but I’d worked on it for so long, I knew it was the best it could possibly be right then. The day after, I went to Australia for a nice, long, relaxing, NO WRITING holiday.  When I got back, my agent told me I had interest…already! So there I was, only a matter of weeks later, sitting in PRH’s reception – BOOM!

A surprise trip

I didn’t want to get off the bus this morning as I hadn’t finished reading the ceiling! How exciting to start your work day surrounded by poetry. Bournemouth already do a great job introducing more arts to the area, but this was a total surprise and made me smile all day. Well done Bournemouth council – more of this please!

New cover for Chill with Lil

mindfulness for children techniques

So we’ve decided to go with this new cover – I love it! It shows Lil putting Jake to bed on a big, soft, fluffy cloud. Just the feeling you want your kids to have after the mindfulness exercise inside the book.

Chill with Lil is out in April 2018. Published by Ragged Bears.

And now, it’s time to Chill

The mock-up for my latest book has arrived! I was excited because a) I love getting surprises in the post and b) it took two and a half years to get to this point. Why so long? Well, there’s a few reasons:

1) Working a full-time day job – this never helps when you you’re trying to write and illustrate a 32 page picture book.

2) Most publishers didn’t know what to do with it. Was it a picture book, activity book or novelty? Due to its nature it was hard to define what category it fell under, or know how to market it. It was almost two years before I found an independent willing to pick it up and run with it.

3) Differences in opinion – the publisher, agent and I all had to agree on the style, which we eventually got to after a bit of experimenting.

4) Working on another book – I was, and still am, writing a novel alongside this project (yep, crazy I know).

So you see, writing isn’t always a clear cut journey. It’s hard work, fraught with obstacles and self-doubt, and not for the faint hearted. But you’ll always know if it’s the right path for you, because nothing, but nothing will ever get in your way of delivering your story to the world!

Chill with Lil will be published in Spring 2018 by Ragged Bears.

Baby Brother

No.46 of 50 – At 3 months old, my baby brother resembled a giant pink marshmallow. There was no internet back then, so we weren’t sure how to fix his uncontrollable expanding head. Thankfully he has now grown into it.

Headbutt why?

No.45 of 50 – Our goat, Baabara, got sent away to a sheep farm for eating money out of the till. Every now and then we’d get a photo sent to us, of her headbutting the sheep.

Chicken chasing

No.44 of 50 – If you’re an animal lover, look away now! On Christmas day 1984, Grandma brought us a live chicken for dinner. She chopped its head off but it escaped, and she had to chase it round the garden for ages. I thought headless chickens running around was a myth up till then. I kind of lost my appetite after that.

Onion Head

No.43 of 50 – I didn’t dare bring a friend back to meet my parents until my teens, and this was the first thing my mum said to her…

Dodgy mate

No.33a of 50 – My little sister’s first ever best friend chewed gum like a ruminating cow and wore more make-up than Boy George. I never told her so ’cause she looked like she could have punched my lights out quite easily.