I'm the author of the time-travel thriller Haunters (Chicken House 2012) and the illustrated comic novella Dan and the Dead (A&C Black 2012). I'm also an illustrator, and have a number of picture books in print, both as author and illustrator.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm writing a sequel to Dan and the Dead, and preparing a new full-length thriller. I'm also building up a new portfolio of black and white illustration work for 9-12 fiction.
If you had to recommend just one children's book you've read in the last year, what would it be?
The Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable.
If it can make even boys read about princesses, it must be good!
What is the most important thing you learned about writing or illustrating this year?
Keep going, keep smiling (except in photos), and keep a corkscrew handy.
Not sure if you got my email but we're all meeting up at 10:30 today at the Java Bean cafe in the High Street, Tunbridge Wells. If it's full we'll probably end up comign back to my house. My email gave you my mobile number but if you didn't get it can you email me yours anyway so that I text you as to what's happening?
It was good to see you at Paddington. I hope you can make the next social on December 2nd at the Royal Festival Hall. :)
BTW don't forget to re-join the London Group, which has now been re-launched.
Yes, that's right, we met at the illustrator's group in Cambridge - must be over 10 years ago now.
At the moment I don't think I will be going to the SCBWI conference as it is hard to get away for a weekend but I will try to get to some of the other events.
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