Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Just a quick post to let you know that I have signed my debut novel, The Woodlands, to Clean Teen Publishing!!!!!

I am super excited and will post more updates when I have an idea of cover reveals and release dates.



Saturday, July 13, 2013


People are always asking me "where did you find the time to write three books?" 

The answer is pretty simple. You make the time by squishing it in between, during and around the various kid related time sucking activities you have to do every day. But there is a massive consequence. I'll only detail a few because I don't have enough time (argh that word again!) 

When you've squished some writing related duties into your kid time things happen. Things happen because you're not paying attention to the three little monsters that are surreptitiously taking full advantage of your diverted focus towards the computer screen.

Today I was updating my blog page and Monster Three rubbed her chubby fingers together in delight and thought 'now's the time to get out mummy's photo albums, pull random photos out, bend them into various shapes and then shove them into the gaps in the couch cushions.' Cue evil laugh 'Wahaha!'

Monster One decided it was the perfect time to snag the ipad, attempt to purchase various aps and generally completely rearrange the display so I can't find anything. I'm hoping he hasn't accidentally sent an email to a publisher saying "Who are you?" or "No thanks."

And finally, Monster Two raided the freezer, filled a bottle full of iceblocks and then proceeded to see if the then, very heavy and very cold missile would bounce off of Monster One and Monster Three's heads. (It did but it left dents)

Once the tears and screaming began, it was hands down, step away from the computer!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

COVER ART: Dead-looking Girls in Poofy Dresses...

I've been thinking about cover art. It came to me as I watched Monster Three tear the page out of one my favourite books with one of my favourite covers. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. Maggie's an artist as well as successful author. By the way, I think I hate her ;) And I was wondering if she had much input into the cover.

The current trends are a bit different. There is the faceless, girl with hair in her eyes, big poofy dress style:

I don't think this would work for Rosa as she pretty much wears grey trackies/sweatpants and a t-shirt for most of the story. She could probably pull off the hair all over her face though, but does a tangled, full of dirt and leaves look work? Probably not!

There's also the dead eyes/vacant look covers:

All I get from the first one is that she looks kind of constipated. The other one just looks bored. These are easy covers but don't tell you much about the book.

Rosa's world is grey, concrete, scratchy fabric, plain people with plain faces. A grey cover with a girl with ratty hair may not draw the eye. But her world opens up immensely in the second half of the book and her love of the trees, the wilderness could be used. 

It's an interesting conundrum deciding what you give away/how much you give away on the cover. This one shows her grey world, with a hint of hope and a hint of colour leading the way for how her world changes in a scary but beautiful way at the same time. It's similar to the Shiver cover.

Maybe I'll just chuck twenty books on the floor and see which one the kids pull out, or at least don't seek to destroy immediately!