Do you like trees? I love them! I used to climb a lot of trees as a child, and I
especially remember sitting at the spindly top of a pine tree, swaying gently in
the breeze and smelling the tang of pine sap. Have you ever got pine sap on your
clothes? It’s murder to wash out again and whoever does the washing is probably going
to be a bit annoyed about it...
That memory started off my fantasy adventure book for the 9-13 age group, Dilly Drops
In. There are body-recycling gnomes, a perfectly-behaved doppelganger, a little bit
of blood and guts, a dash of toilet humour, and a quest – all part of an adventure
that not only sees heroine, Dilly/Sarah, rescuing a group of hi-jacked souls so that
they can go on to their heavens, but one that will also mend her difficult relationship
with her mum.
The story is light-hearted and fun, while tackling the underlying theme of loss—the
loss of a parent through divorce, the loss of loved ones through death—and the inevitable
personal adjustments that have to take place.
Works in Progress
Smelly Ellie: tells the tale of a little puppy who finds herself abandoned to an
animal shelter. The story is completed, but I’m working on some drawings to accompany
it. Click here to see
A Much Maligned Mole: Montelimar Mole, Monty for short, enjoys a peaceful life in
the countryside. His life becomes a nightmare when a family arrives, but he accidentally
discovers something that keeps everyone happy. This story is complete too, but will
need some drawings.