The first in a series of at least five (who knows, it might just keep growing!) New Scottish Fairy Tales is about to be published and available on Amazon either for Kindle or in paperback. Princess Haggis Ears is my ‘baby’. I’ve lived with her for over 20 years and now she has finally been brought delightfully to life thanks to the fantastic artistic talents of illustrator and artist, Florin Gradinaru from Romania. I wrote this delightful tale in French when I was at University studying, well, French of course! Inspired by the classic fairy tales we had to read in French I decided to write my own one without any blood and gore but with a message of acceptance and true love. Below is one of the images from the first book. I’ll write more about it and show more images tomorrow.g)
The goblin’s beard caught fire after he made a fire in the cave from the diamonds that had turned to coal.
I have several writing goals to take me up to the New Year which, believe it or not, is in less than 4 months! Yikes! I’d better get a move on. I have two competitions to enter in the next five weeks -I’m entering my children’s novel -The Lightning Tree -It’s for 8-12 year olds and is a fantasy adventure based in Fife and Edinburgh. It’s finished but needs a final good and strict edit.
I have two more of my New Scottish Fairy Tales to edit and will use the mega talented Florin Gradinaru again for the illustrations.
I am going to post another two of his lovely illustrations from The Diamond Tears on here in just a mo.
I have a screen play to write by November and a new children’s novel to write ready for entry to the Kelpies Prize in February. That may sound like ages away but writing a novel is a lengthy process and if it’s not written by December 31st I can more or less forget entering it as the editing process is one of the most vital parts of writing and can take a long time. For example, my first children’s novel, Pick ‘n’ Mix Mums, which made it onto the Kelpies shortlist in 2012, took nearly four months to write and then several months to edit.
So, all in all, I will be very busy. I’ll keep up with this blog as best I can though. Please write comments if you wish to ask me anything and I’ll be happy to reply. Okay – I’d better get started!!
Princess Haggis Ears has to put on her extra large glasses to see Prince Tattie Head’s potato head. She may be a bit surprised but she falls in love with him straight away.
This is one of the Pictures from The Diamond Tears