Welcome to my world… of books and scripts and more…
Currently knee deep in adapting my first novel, Dad’s Red Dress into an eight-part television series with the wonderful Tailored Films and delighted to see all four of my Wulfie series on bookshelves and libraries everywhere.
Wulfie: A Ghostly Tail came out onMarch 3rd 2022 with Little Island Books; following on from Wulfie Saves The Planet (October 2021). The wonderful and magical thing about writing a series of books is that you can let your characters grow and develop, alongside the readers. While each Wulfie book can be read as a standalone novel, reading the series will reward readers with that little be more!
The first two books were also bought and published by Swedish publisher Wahlströms Bokförlag. HFor an idea that began as bed time stories for my daughter back in 2004… (Never give up, writers!)
Each book in the series is a very different and distinct adventure, but returning to the world of Libby and Wulfie over the course of the series has been so much fun – and feedback from readers and reviewers has bmade my heart sing! As a reader of everything I can lay my hands on from a very early age, I love the idea of bringing the joy of reading to other kids.
But I also remember the fun of reading stories to my daughter – when not inventing Wulfie ones – and make sure to read all my books aloud before they go to the publisher. They have to be a pleasure to read – and while the age range is 6-9+, my five year-old granddaughter is loving them as my step-daughter reads them to her.
As a writer, I work across genre and medium, telling stories in the medium that is best for them and doodling in between. In prose I am developing a new children’s series and trying to finally finish a book that has been nudging me for years, a creative, mostly non-fiction book of about stories and memory called Snapshots.
In teaching, my next course is on writing a childen’s series, with the Irish Writer’s Centre, starting Jan 18th 2023.
I work best when juggling different projects – although for each there comes a time when all else (and especialy any form of housework) gets put aside and all my focus goes on one until I have moved it to the next stage of development.
It helps to have more than one idea on the boil or simmering quietly – when you get a bit stuck on one, you move to another and it frees your mind.
Best way I know out of writer’s block.