Broken/Beautiful & I am an Artist: Book launch & exhibition

Children's Non-Fiction, Events, News, Visual Art

The exhibition and book launch was a wonderful event! There were so many positive people in one place, it was hard not to feel happy, loved, and important.

Thank you.

Here are a few photos from the night for those of you who couldn’t make it.

Artworks can be viewed here and the book can be bought on the website shop or Felt.

Little Black Bugs (also known as Jane Thorne, illustrator)

A to Z Challenge, Illustration

My illustrator hasn’t always been an illustrator. Mostly, she’s a painter, and she paints… bugs!


Her studio is home to a fantastic collection of insects (well, photographs of the insects) and her paintings bring these little guys into the limelight. I’m always amazed at how human, and full of character, her paintings are.

Jane has illustrated one book before, which was about the other kind of bugs – germs! Apart from that, The Caretaker of Imagination was her first one. Since then, she’s illustrated This Is My Life, a children’s picture book by Anne Vrankovich (out soon!) and of course, Lucy’s Story: The End of the World, which will be released in May / June (NZ Winter).

To see more of Jane Thorne’s beautiful artwork, go to her website:

Chocolate Cake (dangerous – try this at home)

A to Z Challenge, The Caretaker of Imagination

For the April A-Z blogging challenge, I’ll be blogging (almost) daily about my latest release, The Caretaker of Imagination.

Another shout-out to my lovely illustrator here, who for my birthday a few years ago, gave me a recipe box with her Dangerous Chocolate Cake recipe.

Why’s it so dangerous? Because it’s easy. And if it’s easy… well, there’s more chance of me getting off my bum and making some.

Here it is:


If you’re interested in the book, you can purchase it from one of the links below:




Jane Thorne and Dornwell Studios on sharing a creative space


So apparently WordPress didn’t like me reblogging this. Poos.

Anyhow, below is a link to an interview with my illustrator, Jane, and some of the artists she works with at Dornwell Studios. It’s a wonderful space, and I always have a nosey around when I go to visit. The interview looks at what it’s like to work as part of a shared space, set in an industrial, suburban area. Insightful.

The interview:

If you’re interested, I also wrote a piece on SONZA after their most recent studio exhibition. You can read that here.

Proof copies and special announcement for The Caretaker of Imagination


On Monday, I received the proof copies for my first written book, The Caretaker of Imagination, to be released in March this year. Squee! I was rather excited that day!

The proof version had a mock cover design (pictured above). It was an illustration that my illustrator and I liked for the cover art, but I later decided to use a different illustration (pictured below). I’d chosen this one because I thought it reflected the story more, and would be more vibrant – it will be in colour – and more appealing to the kids who would be reading this book.

Cover illustration for The Caretaker of Imagination.

Cover illustration for The Caretaker of Imagination.

Once the proof came through, I realised that I really was in love with the treehouse illustration. After a small discussion with a friend on Facebook, I’ve decided to use this mock cover as a Special Illustrator’s Edition.

This will most likely be in hardcover, a larger size, and have full-page illustrations – I just need to confirm details with my lovely illustrator, Jane Thorne. I’m looking forward to having this edition available, if only to show off Jane’s intricate artwork. The pictures in the standard chapter book simply don’t do justice to her original work.

Make sure you’re up to date, and sign up below to get an email when the REAL book is released. There’ll be giveaways on Facebook and Instagram soon too, so make sure you’re following me there. I’m very chatty 🙂