Being a Mystery Girl …

In 2011, when I did a very quick doodle of a girl with wild curly hair and a magnifying glass I had no idea about the deeply mysterious, exciting and at times, daunting adventure that doodle would take me on. I’d illustrated for lots of different authors and publishers and always dreamed of getting some of my writing published but wasn’t sure I was a very good writer. Let alone capable of writing an entire mystery series, yet the eighth MariellaRead more

Mystery and Mayhem is here!

I’m delighted to say that the wait is over – Mystery and Mayhem, a collection of short mystery stories from twelve authors who love a good mystery, including me, is out now! I was seriously thrilled to be asked to contribute a story to this anthology because as you can see from the cover, I am in very good mystery writing company. You can read more about the story I wrote for the anthology, the books other authors and the DEEPLYRead more

Doodles, Dilemmas and Deadlines

Toot toot! All aboard the Transpennine Express from Leeds to Manchester! On Saturday 2nd April I was invited to run an event with the North West branch of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). I’m a SCBWI member and regular at the North East group. I love that SCBWI is there for unpublished and published authors and illustrators, and that so many members have been published as a result of learning, exposure and contacts made through SCBWI events. TheRead more