A sneak peek

I’m currently working on my third book in the children’s series about a young girl called Lucy and Fiona Fairy.

But as I work on what I hope will be the last edits, I thought I would let you see the cover, designed by Fran Waterkeyn, my daughter. I love it. I hope you do too.

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I am aiming at publication this summer as an e-book, so I’d better get back to the editing!

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JUST WHO LET THE CAT OUT?

I have just published my latest children’s e-book Who Let The Cat Out? It follows on from my first book Magic In The Attic. Both relate to 10-year-old Lucy Appleton, her friend Serena, and a very grumpy old fairy called Fiona.

I wrote the second installment during #NaNoWriMo in November 2017, then I put it to one side while I was working on other writing projects and picked it up again this summer. I had thought this book would conclude the story of Lucy and Fiona, but the two main characters had other ideas.

So there’s now a third book under construction, started during #NaNoWriMo this year, which I hope to publish in 2019 and I’ve got a funny feeling it might lead to a fourth, as Lucy and Fiona still seem to have things they want to say and do.

If you would like to find out more about Lucy, Serena and Fiona, both e-books are available on Amazon Kindle and, if you’re quick, you can get Who Let The Cat Out? for free with my introductory promotion that runs for the next day or so.

Happy reading!

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NaNo month

Tomorrow is the start of National novel writing month #nano. While there is no chance of me finding the time to write a 50,000 word novel in November, I have decided that by thinking along the same vein, I could perhaps tackle the sequel to my children’s book Magic in the Attic.

The original book is around 10,000 words, so to write a sequel to that would be much more manageable. I already have a synopsis, I just haven’t got round to writing the book, although ideas have been swirling around my brain for several years. However, I hope it won’t take me about 18 years to publish this one. My working title is Not a Cat’s Chance and yes, it is about cats and yes, Fiona the fairy will return in it.

Last weekend my partner and I visited Furzey Gardens in Minstead in the New Forest. There are lots of little wooden fairy doors inserted into the trees and structures around the gardens, each with a sprinkling of fairy dust, or glitter, nearby to add to the atmosphere. It made me think of Fiona, my fairy, and what she might think of the place.  Even though she is a grumpy 100-year-old fairy, I think she would like it.

Good luck to all the NaNo writers who will attempt to write the full 50,000 words or more. May your words flow, and your fingers fly swiftly over the computer keys.

CHILDREN’S COMPETITION STORY

I posted in April that I had won the Bournemouth Hospital Radio Bedside Children’s story competition with my story Secret Visitor.

It has now been published in their annual publication. Click the link to read my story: HRB Winner 2017 . I apologise you have to read it sideways – I haven’t yet worked out how to turn it round.

I love the little illustrations that have been added to bring the story to life.