I am absolutely thrilled to announce that my first children’s picture book, The Adventures of Henrietta Hedgekin, is published and available for purchase.
I want to thank everyone who has supported me and kept me going. The life of a writer is not always an easy one, and that confounded imposter syndrome is always lurking just around the corner. Having people to keep you on track and refuse to let you give up is so important.
The Adventures of Henrietta Hedgekin:Friendship is available for purchase from Austin Macauley, Amazon, Waterstones, Barnes & Noble, and all good online stores across the globe.
I will be hosting a ‘Meet the Author’ event on June 8th at the Guille-Alles Public library. While in person space is limited, the event is going to be streamed live on my Facebook page. You can sign up for the live-stream by clicking on the button below.
Big things ahead. I’m going to be holding my first ‘Meet the Author’ event on June 8th at Guille-Alles Public Library in Guernsey.
As I live on a pretty small island in the middle of the English Channel, I know that the bulk of people won’t be able to make it in person. With this in mind, I will be live-streaming the event over on my Facebook page. If you would like to join us, click on the link below and select ‘Going’. This will send you a notification when things are about to go live.
This is it folks! The countdown to launch has begun.
I have been notified by my publisher that The Adventures of Henrietta Hedgekin: Friendship is due this March.
I am beyond excited. As anyone who has had to put up with me for the past few months will tell you. I want to thank everyone who has helped make this possible. All of you have kept me going when I wanted to give up.
This is going to be the first of many adventures for Henrietta. The second book, Goblin in the Garden, is already written, and book three isn’t too far behind. Henrietta’s fourth adventure is starting to take shape as well. All of these will introduce us to new and exciting characters. We may even learn a few things along the way.
Thank you for joining me on this amazing journey. Stay tuned for updates and events as I get them.
Over the years I have tried my hand at various genres. As most of you who have followed me since the beginning know, I have always learned towards horror and fantasy with a bit of sci-fi mixed in. Well that all changed about a year ago when i decided to change direction completely and have a go at writing a children’s story. I have the say, this is the hardest thing I have ever written. And you know what? I have enjoyed every moment of it.
But surely kids books are easy? They are just short stories aren’t they?
Yes they are short and that’s one of the things that make them difficult. I once attended a lecture at university where the professor said something that has stuck with me: “I wrote 10,000 words because I didn’t have to to write 2,000”. Never has that been more clear to me than now. When I write a scene in say one of the Guardian stories, I can go into great detail. I can get every nuance of every moment because it’s for a mature reader. Now imagine having to get that same level of detail in a fraction of the space to a younger audience. I had always read that children’s books were the hardest genre to get into. Not only is it a very difficult market but the actual challenge of the writing it.
Despite all that I think I’ve found my niche. I love it more than anything else I’ve ever written.
Now you will notice I havent said anything about the actual story. I’m leaving that for another post when things are a bit more polished. I am doing this in collaboration with my very talented best friend who has been a massive support throughout. She has some great ideas for things to make the stories more interactive. It’s a very exciting time.
I think the big take away for me from all this is to never be afraid to have a go at something different. You might just might surprise yourself. Take a chance and get that story out. Writing is about more than just getting the story out of your brain and onto the page. It’s about constantly challenging yourself. About pushing boundaries and exploring new frontiers. So if you find yourself in a bit of a rut, try something new. You never know what you might discover about yourself.