When a book comes to life!

I love this stage, when Debbie Bellaby has completed the internal illustrations for my next book and is just about to add the colour!  She has, yet again, managed to bring my story to life just as I had imagined while writing. After I signed off on her rough illustrations she set to work on the final drawings. Earlier this week I signed off on those too, and now I look forward to seeing them fully brought to life with colour.

Debbie has already completed the front and rear covers and they are safely with the publishers. In the past I have known how I wanted the front covers to look but with this book, the third in this series, it was a struggle and I had no real image in mind. In my brief given to Debbie, I left it up to her; knowing I could trust her artistic talents and I am delighted that she has captured the essence of the story, both beautifully and simply. 

It is a joy to see my stories coming to life through Debbie’s fantastic illustrations and I am looking forward to working on the production of this book in the New Year with both Debbie and the amazing team at SilverWood Books.

Some little teaser illos for you…

5th December 2018 – School visit – Stanley Primary School

It was a pleasure to return to Stanley Primary, this time to read The Fairy in the Kettle’s Christmas Wish. After reading to nursery and lower primary pupils and chatting to them about writing and the characters in my stories I read to pupils from the upper primary classes and answered their brilliant questions about writing. It was great to hear their enthusiasm when they spoke about their own writing. A lovely afternoon!

3rd December 2018 – School visit – Blair Atholl Primary School

I was thrilled to return to Blair Atholl Primary School to read my latest picture book to Nursery & P1-3 pupils before chatting and answering questions from P4-7 pupils about being an author.  The pupils were given 30 seconds to discuss with a shoulder partner what questions they would like to ask.  Their questions were inspiring and we discussed everything from writing/planning, finding an illustrator/publisher, typesetting and page layout, marketing and events. A lovely way to spend the morning!

1st December 2018 – Edinburgh Central Library 11am – 12pm

It was lovely to return to the Central Library to read my latest book, The Fairy in the Kettle’s Christmas Wish.  The children’s section of the library is brilliant for these events and the children enjoyed wing decorating after the reading before returning to the reading room to tell me about their wings and the fairies they had designed them for, magical!

27th November 2018 – Book News

The Fairy in the Kettle Gets Magical

The front and rear covers have now been completed and are with the publishers.  Next steps, front cover font and rear cover blurb.  Once again Debbie Bellaby’s illustrations are amazing and are bringing the next installment of Leona’s adventures to life.  I can’t wait to share these with you in the coming weeks.

13th November 2018 – Pitlochry Primary School

I was asked along to Pitlochry Primary school to speak to primaries 5 – 7 about their World of Work Week.  It was a pleasure to answer their many fabulous questions on writing/structuring a story, finding a publisher/illustrator, and life as an author.

There were definitely some budding authors and illustrators of the future there and one little artist drew me at the event and then asked if I would mind signing myself…which was a first!

21st November 2018 – Read-a-Licious Book Festival

I was at The Eastgate Theatre in Peebles for the Read-A-Licious Festival which ran in conjunction with Book Week Scotland. This was a really lovely event in a lovely theater. Primary 2-4 pupils from surrounding schools came along to hear The Fairy in the Kettle’s Christmas Wish and ask lots of great questions on writing/structuring a story, working with and finding an illustrator/publisher, how books eventually end up on book shelves and the working life of an author.

A huge thank you to Alex and her team.

14th November 2018 – School visit – Royal School of Dunkeld

It was lovely to be back amongst old friends at RSD, and reading my latest picture book to Nursery and Primary 1 was a pleasure.  This was a school visit with a difference though as I also officially opened their new Early Years Library!

It was great to see such young children so excited about their new space and the vast array of books they had to choose from.  The hot air balloons decorated with the children’s favourite book covers fitted in perfectly and it was lovely to spot a couple with The Fairy in the Kettle covers.

 

 

A strange couple of weeks

It’s been a strange couple of weeks, to say the least, with not much writing done.  I have, however, been busy with other fun book stuff.  Debbie sent through her latest sketches for The Fairy in The Kettle Gets Magical (out 2019) and it has been great revisiting the manuscript.  I loved writing this book and the illustrations for this are, as usual, going to be vibrant and fun.

Lovely reviews have also come though for The Fairy in the Kettle’s Christmas Wish via Netgalley and Goodreads. These reviews can be viewed either on their sites or my reviews page for this book.

I have also been putting my diary together for events during November and December with my latest picture book, The Fairy in the Kettle’s Christmas Wish.  These events will all have fairy colouring and crafts after the readings and, as always, will be a lot of fun. Details of all events are being added to the upcoming events page on this site as they are confirmed and will also be posted in my facebook page @ptauthor

 

 

Waterstones, Perth

Thank you to everyone who came along to make this a brilliant event.  A little early for Christmas but, The Fairy in the Kettle’s Christmas Wish was also available today and I am delighted that it is a new read for so many fairy fans.

Waterstones, Oban

21st July 2018 – I was delighted to return to the Oban store as part of their Fairies and Unicorns Day. How gorgeous are these Fairy wings, designed by one of the little Fairy fans who came along. Also a huge happy 5th birthday to Charlotte who came to spend the morning of her birthday with us.

Braehead Shopping Centre, Glasgow

12th July 2018 – It can’t get any more magical than reading The Fairy in the Kettle in a Magical Forest and that’s exactly what we did in Braehead! Lots of fairy fans came to enjoy The Fairy in the Kettle and joined in with fairy colouring and wing decorating.

Waterstones Braehead

29th May 2018 – I was asked along to speak to a local Brownie group as part of their “Oh no, Brown Owl is Four-0” badge. They had to speak to an author and ask questions as part of their badge and they did so brilliantly. I was asked about everything from writing to finding an illustrator to getting published. As always the Fairy colouring and wing decorating at the end of the session went down a treat.

Juniper Green Primary School

18th April 2018 – I was lucky enough to spend the day with the P1, 2 and 3 pupils of Juniper Green Primary School. It was inspiring to hear the pupils talk so enthusiastically about their writing and answer their many amazing questions. They told me about their stories and strategies for writing and I am sure I met some future authors.

Thank you for asking me along to spend the day with you. 

Edinburgh Central Library

14th April 2018 – There was a great turnout for the event at Edinburgh Central Library! 
After reading The Fairy In The Kettle there were plenty arts and crafts to choose from as the children enjoyed making and naming their own Fairies. There was of course the usual fairy colouring with a pair of wings to take away and decorate at home.

A Little Update

29th Jan 2018 – Just to let you know we are working away in the background and I will be able to share news on the publication of the second book in The Fairy In The Kettle series in the coming weeks. 

I am also working on something quite different, early stages at the moment, but as always I will share with you when I can!

RDM Primary, Scone

29th Nov 2017 – The topic this term for the P3 pupils of RDM was Enterprise. As it coincided with Book Week Scotland I was invited in to talk about life as an author and the business side of writing. The pupils were full of brilliant questions and great ideas.

Royal School of Dunkeld

28th Nov 2017 – As part of Book Week Scotland I spent the day with the pupils from the Royal School of Dunkeld. Great fun reading my story and chatting to nursery up to P2 before moving on to discuss writing structure, working with illustrators and publishers and the process of getting the book onto shelves with P3 to P7.

 

 

Walkin’ Cafe, Spittalfield

25th Nov 2017 – We had a lovely warm welcome today with lots of home baking and a log burner keeping us warm.  After reading my book, there was the ever popular fairy colouring sheets and wing decorating followed by juice and fairy cakes provided free of charge to every fairy fan by Karen, the Cafe’s owner.  A lovely way to spend the afternoon!

Tollcross Primary School, Edinburgh

4th Oct 2017 – This mornings visit took me to Tollcross Primary School where I read The Fairy In The Kettle to the P1, P1/2 and P2 classes.Thank you all for your warm welcome and for asking all your brilliant questions.

After I left the pupils of P1 set to work making their own Fairies and kettles and what a brilliant job they did too. I love how you can see the inside and outside of the kettles and such beautiful Fairies ….amazing! 

  

Update

25th Sep 2017 – I have pencilled in some quiet time over the next few months to work on the production of the second book and finish writing the third in The Fairy In The Kettle series. I have a few school visits planned over the next few weeks and am very much looking forward to Bookweek Scotland at the end of November, more details on all of these to follow.

I am also looking forward to sharing some of the illustrations and front cover for the second book in this series, The Fairy in the Kettle’s Christmas Wish with you in the coming weeks.

Comrie Fortnight Festival

1st Aug 2017 – We took over Comrie Library this morning and enjoyed Fairy colouring and wing decorating after reading The Fairy In The Kettle. Thank you to everyone who came to join in the fun and to Comrie Library for asking me to be part of the festival.

Waterstones, Inverness

5th July 2017 – Absolutely fantastic event in Inverness! An amazing turnout and can’t thank the staff enough for all their on the spot organising! Many thanks to all those who came along on the day, hope they all enjoyed it as much as I did.

 

Aviemore Primary School

30th May 2017 – I spent the morning with P1 to P3 pupils and staff and after reading my story it was a pleasure to answer the many varied and brilliant questions. Thank you all for such a warm welcome and thank you too to Kelly from Waterstones in Aviemore for all her planning, it was very much appreciated.

 

Benmore Botanic Garden Open Day

28th May 2017I read my book throughout the afternoon in the enchanting Puck’s Hut at Benmore Botanical Garden.  After hearing my story the children had great fun fairy colouring and making their very own set of fairy wings.  An absolutely brilliant afternoon in stunning surroundings.

Waterstones Aberdeen

20th May 2017 – A huge thank you to the staff in Aberdeen for a brilliant event and to everyone who came along. We had a lot of fun with the activities including the very popular make your own Fairy wings which could be seen around the store!

Waterstones Dunfermline

6th May 2017 – Some Fairy magic was sprinkled in the Dunfermline store on Saturday! Story time was followed by Fairy colouring, Fairy decorating, Fairy Treasure Hunt and we even had some Fairy cakes! It was lovely to see so many Fairy wings and Fairy dresses too.

 

Wigtown Spring Book Weekend

29th Apr 2017 – Wigtown Spring Book Weekend!
Had a great time in Curly Tale Books during the Wigtown Spring Book Weekend reading The Fairy In The Kettle and showing off some of the early illustrations from book two!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Errol Primary School

26th Apr 2017 – Massive thank you to the staff and pupils of Errol Primary School. It was great to visit the Nursery, P1, P2 and P3 classes who got to use their lovely new library space for the first time today! Lots of brilliant questions asked and definitely some aspiring young writers in the audience.

Easter Library Visits

4th to 8th of Apr – Easter Library Visits

Had a very busy week visiting Strathearn Library in Crieff, Scone Library, Loch Leven & Kinross Library and AK Bell Library in Perth. There were some lovely Fairy costumes on show and after reading my story the children enjoyed Fairy hunts, colouring and activities.

Oxgangs Library, Edinburgh

21st Mar 2017 – Oxgangs Library, Edinburgh

Oxgangs Library and the P2 pupils, who braved the cold wind and snow, from Oxgangs Primary School were great hosts today. It is amazing how children as young as P2 can ask you such brilliant questions about writing a book and how that book appears in the shops.

 

Waterstones, Princes St Edinburgh

18th Mar 2017 – Waterstones West End, Princes St, Edinburgh

Our Fairy Activity day was very busy and a great success with book readings, wand making, Fairy bingo where we had two lucky winners and lots of Fairy colouring which was enjoyed by some of the adults as much as the children!


Many thanks to the brilliant staff who went all out for an amazing Fairy day and thank you to everyone who came along and joined in the fun. A lovely picture of a finished wand below.

Glendelvine Primary Visit

8th Mar 2017 – It has been a long time since I was last in Glendelvine Primary School but it was really nice to return today and read my book.  We had two great sessions,  P1-3 asked lots brilliant questions and we had a chat about writing a book and getting an illustrator.  P4-7 asked lots of fantastic questions about how to decide on an opener and structure their stories.  We had a great chat about getting a book out and onto the shelves.  I am looking forward to visiting them in a few weeks to read their finished stories.

Fairview School Visit

6th Mar 2017 – I was really lucky and had the chance to read my book to some of the pupils at Fairview School in Perth today.  It was lovely to see you all and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did….I even got to bring a wee momento home with me…..

Waterstones in Perth

4th Mar 2017 – Waterstone’s Perth event.  I had a great morning reading to children in Waterstones in Perth today followed by some fairy colouring.  Thank you so much to the staff for being to welcoming and enthusiastic and to everyone for braving our very Scottish weather this morning!

 

World Book Day!

2nd Mar 2017 –  WORLD BOOK DAY.  I was lucky enough to spend today with the pupils of Burrelton Primary School in the morning and Craigie Primary School in the afternoon.  It was great to see so many pupils and staff dressed up as their favourite characters from their favourite books.  Thank you for letting me spend World Book Day with you all.

A little fan who dressed up as her favourite character, Leona Rose, for World Book Day at nursery. Absolutely gorgeous, I love your outfit and thank you so much for sending me the picture and letting me use it here!

 

Auchtergaven Visit Part 1

2nd Feb 2017 – Another great school visit yesterday, this time I was at Auchtergaven Primary School in Bankfoot.  Great questions, we covered everything from writing a story to it arriving on a shelf.  Thank you all for a lovely morning.

Stanley Primary School Visit

26th Jan 2017 – I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon at Stanley Primary School reading my book to the pupils and answering their many varied and brilliant questions. 

Here’s some great feedback from the school:

“The kids and staff really enjoyed your visit! We had a parent council meeting tonight and a P7 boy spoke about how much he had enjoyed your visit! He had thought it would be babyish as the book is about fairies! He had learned loads! Thank you for taking the time to visit us today.”

 

Book Week Scotland

25th Nov 2016 – I have had a very busy Book Week Scotland.  Thank you to the staff and pupils at Pitlochry Primary School, Eastern Primary School in Broughty Ferry, Newhill Primary School in Blairgowrie and Murthly Primary School.  I was made so welcome by you all and a special thank you to all the pupils for all of your brilliant questions.

Charity Donation

18th Nov 2016 – Lots of people who have bought my book, either from me directly or at an event, have told me “just to keep” the 1p change and I have said that I would donate it to charity at the end of the year.  Today I have put all those pennies towards a donation to Quarriers to give a young person a gift this Christmas.  They will receive a box filled with gifts that they really need.