Category Archives: writing fiction

What summer vacation?

I’ve been pretty absent from the blog the past months. Of course there are the usual excuses like the VEP’s ‘Very Exciting Projects’ that everyone talks about on blogs. The old “I can’t show you yet!” Or “I will unveil it … Continue reading

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Just saw this…

Just saw this email from Barnes & Noble. It’s good to see James Patterson finally has a new book out. It’s been what – 2, 3 days since his last one? That man writes while he sleeps, that’s the only … Continue reading

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I am revising. I will revise. I have revised. I am revising.

Working on a new picture book. When I say new, I mean I wrote the original idea for it about 9 years ago. A publisher acquired it last year. I started working on it earlier this year. Now I’m revising … Continue reading

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So it starts…

So I have an idea for a great picture book! Well, I’m not sure it’s a ‘great’ picture book. But I have to believe in it in order to make progress, so ‘great’ it is. It came to me as a single … Continue reading

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I write for people who can’t read…

  Q: You write picture books most of the time. Is it fair to say, you write books for people who can’t read? A: Yes. But that doesn’t say anything about the quality of my writing.

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You write and illustrate children’s books?

When people find out what I do, I sometimes get odd reactions. I wonder what this career says about me? In films and novels the children’s (this being one of the newest ones) book writer or illustrator is most often a … Continue reading

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The part they don’t tell you…

Another morning of revising. It’s a grey day out, with a bit of rain that can’t decide to really make us wet or just turn into mist. And I’m looking at the same page I was the past 3 or … Continue reading

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