It's not even been two years since my first book, THE QUEEN'S HAT, was published, and, already, I've just finished my TENTH author-illustrator picture book. Here's a list of my 10 completed books, in order of publication in the UK:
- THE QUEEN'S HAT (Hodder)
- BETTY GOES BANANAS (OUP)
- PLEASE, MR PANDA (Hodder)
- BETTY GOES BANANAS IN HER PYJAMAS (OUP)
- THE QUEEN'S HANDBAG (Hodder)
- GREEN LIZARDS VS RED RECTANGLES: A STORY ABOUT WAR AND PEACE (Hodder)
- I'LL WAIT, MR PANDA (Hodder)
- MONSTER IN THE HOOD (OUP, June '16)
- THE QUEEN'S PRESENT (Hodder, Oct '16)
- THANK YOU, MR PANDA (Hodder, Jan '17)
But writing and illustrating books is only part of my job as an author-illustrator. Some people tend to think that I sit at home all day drawing and writing. This couldn't be further from the truth. I probably spend about half of my 'work time' drawing and writing. The rest of the time I'm out and about holding events up and down the country and sometimes overseas. Also, a great deal of my time is spent carrying out mundane administrational tasks. Sometimes I can spend a whole day filing receipts or responding to emails or organising my schedule.
The past 22 months have been jam-packed, but the last few months have been especially busy, and, unfortunately, I came down with a horrible flu virus last week. It was probably my body's way of telling me to stop! And it did make me stop, which sadly led to the cancellation of a few of my author events. Fortunately, I'm feeling a little better now, and this week I've been organising the year ahead. As far as school events go, I'm pretty much fully booked now until October.
I'm currently working on a brand new book, which I'm super excited about because it's so different and it explores relatively unchartered territory.
It's been a while since I updated my blog with photos, so here are a bunch of photos from the past month. Somehow, I've managed to juggle 30 events along with the completion of my 10th picture book. I've travelled to the Lake District for Beatrix Potter's 150th anniversary, I've been all over the place for World Book Day week, I took BETTY GOES BANANAS on the road, and I even travelled to Beijing.