Happy Book Birthday Fantastically Great Women Who Made History …

To say I’ve enjoyed working on the books so far in the Great Women series would be an understatement. I’ve learned so much about the challenges the women I researched faced, and how their achievements alone were astounding but when you put them into the social context of the time they were down right extraordinary. Before I started working on these titles I’d never heard of Gertrude Ederle, the cross-channel swimmer who defied expectation and proved a woman could swimRead more

Fantastically Sneaky Preview Part Three …

Tomorrow is publication day for fantastically Great Women Who Made History! Lets meet the rest of our fantastically great line up –  today a pirate queen, mighty female king, singing sensation and a mother and daughter with ideas ahead of their time. Everyone knows that girls make better pirates. Sayidda al-Hurra didn’t actually sail the high seas plundering treasures from her enemies but she did enlist the help of fearsome Barbary Pirates though to  wage war on the mighty SpainRead more

Fantastically Sneaky Preview Part Two …

Today is 100 years since (some) women gained the right to vote and just two days until Fantastically Great Women Who Made History is published – a perfect opportunity to share with you some further sneaky peeks at five more inspiring women featured in Fantastically Great Women Who Made History who, like the suffragettes, faced danger with bravery and spoke out for change … 1. One of the most successful and brave undercover radio operator working in Nazi occupied ParisRead more

Fantastically Sneaky Preview Part One …

Only three days to go until Fantastically Great Women Who Made History is published! This time (as the title of the book suggests) we travel a bit further back through history to meet a huge mix of women from different cultures and backgrounds with an array of history making talents and ideas. This week I’ll be posting some of the most surprising things I discovered about each of the women featured in the book to give you a sneaky previewRead more

Two Weeks To Go Until Fantastically Great Women Who Made History …

The 6th February 2018 is the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which granted some women in Britain the right to vote and to finally have their say in how the country was run. I’m incredibly excited to be celebrating the achievements of trailblazing women that week, from daring suffragette, Flora Drummond to WWII undercover radio operator, Noor Khan to Islamic pirate queen Sayidda al-Hurra, with the publication of Fantastically Great Women Who Made History on the 8th February.Read more

A Fantastically Great Woman Who Changed the World – Peggy Larson

It’s International Women’s Day and to celebrate I’d like to share the story of unsung hero and fantastically great woman, Peggy Larson. After the publication of Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the world last year the book’s publisher, Bloomsbury, ran a competition for readers to nominate a fantastically great woman who changed their world – with me creating an illustration of the winning woman. The stories people generously shared were warm, funny, inspiring, full of bravery, determination and tear jerking (or rather, full onRead more

The Fantastically Great Women Are Go, Go, Go!

Last week was publication week for Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World! Hooray! The book has had some lovely reviews in the run up to publication from book enthusiasts as excited as I am about celebrating history-making women. It’s been a real treat to work on researching, writing, designing and illustrating, not to mention intriguing to explore the distant (and slightly tenuous) connection I have to the suffragette branch of the Pankhurst family. The story goes that Emmeline wasRead more

Plum Pudding Illustrator’s Exhibition

Last week I went on what will probably be my last trip to London for a while (Baby Panks arrives in July) to visit to an illustration exhibition organised by my fantastic agents, Plum Pudding Illustration at the Coningsby Gallery. I’ve been with Plum Pudding since 2012, and had a very exciting time working on some dream projects, so it was lovely to catch up – and to finally get an opportunity to meet some of their other very talented illustrators, and their exhibitionRead more

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