We celebrated the launch of Cookie with a small party of friends. Click here to read more about my swish event!
HELLO ADVANCE COPY OF COOKIE!
I made another actual real life physical book! Cookie by Isabelle Duff is such a special story - less than 6 weeks until you can get your hands on it (but you can PRE-ORDER now). How cute is my son reading it with all his dogs?!
SARAH FERGUSON STORYTIME
The Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, read Where the Heart Is on her Storytime with Fergie and Friends Youtube channel.
With over 150K views, that's a lot of schools and families, all over the world, meeting Dindim!
IT'S OFFICIAL, I'M AN AUTHORSTRATOR!
I'm thrilled to share the news that Hachette Australia has signed me for not one, but TWO picture books. And these books are not only illustrated by me, but written by me too! I'm really looking forward to developing these books and sharing my writing with the world. Well, looking forward to it with a healthy dollop of trepidation and terror... I'm still in a state of disbelief, need to start working on identifying myself as an author-illustrator... or authorstrator... or illusauthor...?
Under the Moonlight will be in bookstores April 2022, with a second book in 2023.
Where the Heart Is enjoyed a very successful launch with over 50 people gathering in Canberra. Click here to read more and see some pictures of the glamourous event!
AND JUST LIKE THAT I HAVE ANOTHER CONTRACT
Yes, that's right... I just signed a contract with Windy Hollow Books to illustrate a picture book by the effervescent Samantha Tidy. Gosh, Canberra has a lot of kidlit talent! It is a beautiful celebration of childhood memories and the relationship between father and daughter. I'm so looking forward to painting some lush shore scenes and perhaps an underwater scene scene or two... honestly, I can't wait, but I have a couple of other exciting projects to work on before that. And you'll have to wait until March 2023 to see.
PICTURE BOOK NUMBER THREE!
Guess what... I signed a contract to illustrate my third children's picture book! This project has been a long time in the making. About 2 years ago, the delightful Nicole Godwin sort me out and asked me to produce some sample illustrations for her manuscript about Australian magpies. I love the manuscript, and am over the moon that this month I got to sign a contract with CSIRO Publishing to illustrate it! Magpies are one of my great loves, they have such huge personalities and I'm thrilled to be able to delve deeper into this project. I think we're going to make a stunning picture book together!
HELLO ADVANCE COPY OF WHERE THE HEART IS!
Can you believe I made an actual real life physical book?! Where the Heart Is by Irma Gold Is such a gorgeous story - only 6 weeks until you can see for yourself, but for now you can content yourself with this sneak peak.
I'M IN A SALES CATALOGUE!
Absolutely thrilled to get a copy of EK Books Catalogue for 2021 and discover my art plastered across 4 pages of it! As someone who has pored over countless publisher catalogues in my 15 odd years working in bookshops , I can't but feel like I've 'made it' seeing my work included in one. The beautiful, inspiring book Where the Heart Is by Irma Gold looks so striking in this double page spread. And who wouldn't want to pre-order the heartwarming Cookie by Isabelle Duff after seeing this gorgeous write up?!
CKT 2020 WRITING COMPETITION WINNER
So, something rather exciting happened... the Creative Kids Tales 2020 Writing Competition winners were announced, and guess who won first prize?! This was the first manuscript I've written and the first writing competition I've entered, so I was suitably blown away. The mentorship I did with Kristina Schulz was invaluable. Looking forward to the Author Personal Training package I've won with CKT.
ANOTHER PICTURE BOOK CONTRACT!
It's all happening here. It's time for more champagne - I've signed another contract with EK Books to illustrate the sweetest heart-warming story about a pup and its human.
Lucky I've been practicing drawing people! Until about this time last year I'd really only been painting wildlife so its been a steep learning curve.
Very happy to be working with first-time author Isabelle Duff.
While thoroughly shocked, I was absolutely thrilled to see my name on the list of recipients for the 2019 ASA Style File Illustrator Award Mentorship. So excited to develop a picture book manuscript and storyboard with Kristina Schulz - here's hoping this silly big moose sees the inside of a publishing house one day! I also get to have an illustrator profile on the ASA Style File for the next year. Thanks to the wonderful ASA judges!
PICTURE BOOK CONTRACT!!!
So guess what...? I signed my first contract to illustrate a children's picture book! I can't tell you much right now, but it involves a delightful little critter, in one of the most idyllic settings (somewhere I'm lucky enough to have visited).
So excited to work with EK Books and local Canberra author Irma Gold. Here's a ridiculous picture of me with my contract.
... let the fun begin!!
GREETINGS FROM NUOVO GROUP
It's always such a happy day when I receive new samples of my products from Nuovo Group in the post. This delivery takes me up to about 100 greeting card designs with them, plus two gorgeous wrapping paper designs.