The Next Big Thing - Blog Chain      6th January 2013


So here I am – just one little link in a blog chain of fabulous authors and author/illustrators called The Awfully Big Blog Adventure and we are all talking about The Next Big Thing

ie. What we’re working on now!


I was invited by Jo Lodge, my sister and, wonderful illustrator of Mr Croc. See more on her website


And so what’s happening with me?What is the title of your next book?

Let's Find Mimi at Home in paperback.


What is a one-sentence synopsis of your book?

You need to follow Mimi from morning to night and find her family who are hidden in every scene!


Where did the idea for the book come from?

The idea came from working directly with Hodder. One night after a month of having a creative block I started drawing mice. We did have mice at the time, so maybe this did have an effect on my theme. I drew hundreds

of mice getting ready for bed and asleep. My mum and dad used to have an old fashioned bed head. It was

made of iron and uncomfortable to lean against. The nostalgia crept in and I kept drawing the mice's bed

with this antique bed head.

So with this spread, I approached Hodder. I was incredibly lucky that Emma Layfield could foresee a

story based on this one illustration.


What genre does your book fall under?

Picture books for young children.


What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Any actress that likes cheese.


Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I don't have an agent and it will published by Hodder Children's Books.


How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

It didn't take long. I think it was two months later that Emma Layfield got back with the first draft.


What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

The book is similar to the Where's Wally concept. The child has to find the family of mice on each page.

It is a lot younger though and would appeal to a slightly younger age group.


Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The inspiration came from wanting to draw something I wanted to draw, rather than what I felt a

publisher would want to see. Up until then, I was always thinking what would sell and sometimes that

stopped me being creative. My children were much younger at the time.

I think I drew alot of mice carrying baby mice because it was activities I was doing during the day.

I also grew up reading Richard Scarey, which I loved. This has definitely influenced my work.


What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Let's find Mimi is out in paperback in February and includes asticker spread. This is the first of four books

and it  has sold to 15 countries around the world. Hopefully, if the public gets to see it in shops it will do well in the uk.

If you’d like to know more about me and my books go to


So now I tag my next authors/illustrators who will continue blogging on the theme of THE NEXT BIG

THING and pass them into your care! Look out on the 23rdJanuary:

The very talented Emma Dodd.  Emma is a hugely creative illustrator and author.  Take a look at her new website

and find out more about her gorgeous books.





Thanks for taking the time to read about what we’re up to!

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