Welcome to my world… of books and scripts and more.
Beast in Show, the second book in my new Wulfie series for Little Island Books comes out on March 4th. The first book came out last September (Stage Fright), the third will be out in September and the fourth in March 2022. That’s the one I’m working on now, plus bits and pieces for the blog book tour for book 2!
The first two books were also bought by a Swedish publisher and the first one is out there on March 9th! How cool is that! For an idea that began as bed time stories for my daughter back in 2004… (Never give up, writers!)
And yes, it is truly magical to be able to develop the characters and the world in each book – and to get the sort of feedback from readers and reviewers has been so heartwarming. I have boxes of material so this series could run and run, but I think I’m getting a bit ahead of myself!
Last month I saw the trailer for a brand new pre-school animation series for which I wrote the pilot script and helped develop the concept during the first lockdown – and it features the first lyrics I have ever written! Can’t reveal more but the animation is fantastic and I’m chuffed – I said at the start of 2020 that I really wanted to try writing lyrics.
I work across genre and medium, telling stories in the medium that is best for them and doodling in between. This may be why my website looks busy – tidying it up is on my to do list! But the truth is, I work best when juggling different projects, although for each there comes a time when everything else gets put aside and all your focus goes on one. I’ve always said to students that it helps to have more than one idea or form of writing you like – when you get aq bit stuck on one, you move to another and it frees your mind. Best way I know out of writer’s block!
Last year was all walking and writing for Lockdown one, hobbling and writing for the next section, and from September, it was writing while keeping one leg elevated after a serious ankle op. That was tough. Not being able to go outside or out of my room or – for eight weeks, barely out of my bed – meant the writing got a bit fragmented. I found I brainstormed well but couldn’t decide on anything so the projects I was working on just expanded like quantum feasts. But thanks to lockdown, I delivered my first classroom (and first zoom) workshop for Wulfie with Dublin Book Fair and my first panel with Wonderfest. I even did my first guest hosting social media for Wonderfest 2020.
But it’s mid-Feb 2021 now and after four months, I began weight-bearing on my ankle again, in the boot. I canwalk, on crutches, under my own steam for a mile and the writing finally has energy and momentum again. It’s lovely to be vertical again!!
But lockdown continues, which is hard for everyone and especially hard for some. We are all weary of this altered world and most of us are missing hugs! I know how lucky I am to do what I do and escape into worlds I’ve made up and if it would help to get a letter, just email or message me.
Keep safe and well and almost-sane. Spring is coming xx Lindsay
PS Some sneak previews of illustrations by Josephine Wolff for Wulfie: Beast in Show