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December 2, 2018

Folk were asking me this weekend where I get the inspiration for my feminist fairy tales. This is a question I love answering, firstly because some of the answers are hilarious (The Weaver originated in a particularly vivid dream where Henry VIII saved me from a giant...

December 1, 2018

I was at the Ratho Primary School Christmas Fair with my delicious Hauschka goodies and The Silver Moon Storybook today. It was a fun, busy day, and I sold plenty from both my product lines. 

There was loads of interest in the book in particular; I managed to sell the b...

November 30, 2018

I was recently asked by a bloke on the internet “what is a pro-woman

fairy tale?”

The term “pro-woman” really came from a reluctance on my part to ​​use the word “feminist” to describe my work in an open forum; this stemmed from experience of how very off-putting using t...

September 24, 2018

What darkness lies in the past of a little witch, cursed into the shape of a giant?

As the silver moon rises, who will save a magical unicorn, imprisoned in the castle of a tyrant, or befriend an enormous clown who roams the world alone? Can a humble weaver find the cou...

September 23, 2018

I can hardly believe I'm writing this, but the book is finished. ​​

Like, done.

100% complete, and handed over to my publisher.

Finitto.

It was one of those things that felt like it was never going to happen, until suddenly it did.

It feels weird, but certainly wonderful. T...

August 30, 2018

As I prepare to kick up my heels and disappear solo into the wilds of Scotland, I felt moved to celebrate the FRICKIN' MARVELLOUS PROGRESS that Megan and I have made on the book illustrations over the summer:

 Yep - that's right - we are nearly finished!! We only have a...

August 28, 2018

Life's been pretty busy recently, what with the kids being on summer holiday and the book illustrations progressing. I have spent a great deal of time in front of a laptop screen editing drawings and getting sucked into social media. Too much time!

I've found myself fal...

July 25, 2018

​​I used to be a project manager in financial services, and then again for ​​NHS Education for Scotland. This means I am more than familiar with the concept of "slippage", when you realise during a project that you're not going as fast as you planned. 

With hindsight, p...

July 23, 2018

We spent an absolute fortune on holiday this year, so for the rest of the summer holidays I am determined to reel myself in on the cash front. This led to an impromptu foray into wild camping last Sunday, when my pal and I decided at the eleventh hour to take seven kid...

June 18, 2018

I have been agonising for months now over what to call my book of ​​feminist fairy tales! I've been using the hashtag #feministfairytales2018 on here and on social media when discussing it, which is catchy and fun (if worryingly close to expiry as the process of illust...