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.
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.
This is a great grass roots campaign to help improve the literacy of the nations children. However, it needs your votes to get going. You add your vote by going to the link below or by using the handy dandy widget on the left hand side if The Writers Stall.