Tag Archive for kidlit

A Dreamer’s Tears Short Story

The Christmas Special on The Dreamer’s Tears will be finished in 11 days, so, if you’re in South Africa and would like a copy, don’t forget to order it ASAP. But for those of you who have already read The Dreamer’s Tears and still haven’t read this short story from a book that Borinvere recommends to Ivy, I thought I’d… Read more →

Monster Hunters part 2

Part two has arrived. I’m so glad I decided to do this. It’s been a helpful tool to force myself to keep writing in what is a very busy season. I know I’ve mentioned this before but having deadlines really helps. Another reason I am doing this is that I felt I needed to write some stories without overthinking them.… Read more →

New Short Story

It’s been a long time since I last posted anything. I don’t have any excuses, just an explanation: life. Starting my own business turned out to be more time-consuming than I anticipated and writing had to come second to getting things off the ground. It’s not that I haven’t been writing, it’s just that the writing has been relegated to… Read more →

Free Picture Book!

I am SO excited to announce that the book I helped to make in November at Book Dash is LIVE! This is one of the many free books available on the Book Dash website, so share, share, share. This was my first picture book endeavor and thanks to the incredible talents of Julie Smith-Belton (designer) and Mary-Anne Hampton (illustrator) this… Read more →

Beastkeeper (Review)

Firstly I offer this disclaimer: I am a terrible reviewer. If I don’t like a book I don’t write about it, because I know how hard people work to make books and I know that there will be an audience for every book even if I don’t like it. If I do like a book, I sometimes don’t write about… Read more →

Official Cover Reveal

Even though some of you may have had a glimpse of the cover of my new book, this is the official unveiling. Ta-da (cue glorious fanfare with full orchestra)…             A cover is all good and well but us serious readers don’t like to judge a book on cover alone, right? Of course not. So… Read more →

Book Review: Writing Irresistible Kidlit

I’ve just finished reading Mary Kole’s Writing Irresistible Kidlit: The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers and I thought it warranted a review. I’m not sure I would have trusted this book if I hadn’t already been following Mary Kole’s blog. She is an agent in Brooklyn, USA and shares her insights from that… Read more →

Writing for smaller humans

I spend a lot of time reading children’s books – the 9 to14 year old kind. I find it interesting that these stories, which are often magnificently crafted, never shy away from difficult topics. There is the assumption that children’s literature is light and fluffy. Some of it is, I suppose, but for the most part, there seems to be… Read more →