Botty Jelly?

On the final page of “Across the Sands of Aurinko”, I promised my readers I’d explain a little more about the works of art the children encountered in the desert gallery (in chapter 15). First things first, the artists mentioned are NOT “Van Gog, Pikassew, Roobuns, Manay, Monay, Holbine, Dav Inchee and Botty Jelly. They…

New Illustrations Needed!

It’s time for me to get my pen and ink out and begin creating the chapter illustrations required for book 3 in the Goats in Space Saga, when the five friends make it to the leafy planet of Strom. Here’s the first illustration, a nice upside-downy one, just for a change. And the other 58?…

About me.

I am the author of the Goats in Space Saga, a series of books set in a possible future. And although the picture on the back cover of ‘From the Depths of Vispa’, suggests I’m a snail living in a tuba, I am in fact human. I’m British and currently live in Melbourne, Australia, but…

Inspired by the places I’ve lived.

I’ve lived in Hong Kong and Taipei, both cities that are full of skyscrapers – much like the towers of Vispa. I’ve also lived in New Zealand, a country that’s fairly low-rise, and I’m currently living in Melbourne. Have I ever lived in a tower? Yes, I have, and I really enjoyed it. Lots to…

What do you think Istanglia Tower looks like?

Well, if you were building it out of lego, it might look like this… Which one do you think is Grundi, Nonna and Tycho’s home? Can you see the cave at the bottom? And Nineveh Puffbird’s fancy container at the top? Where would you like to live?

How exactly do you pronounce that?

A guide to pronouncing the characters’ names and the places they visit on the planet of Vispa. First things first. ‘SEYFERT‘ = zay + furt = zayfurt = Seyfert His friend, Tycho. Named after Tycho Brahe, this name is pronounced tie + co. Rhymes with the non-word pie-go, kind of. Addie rhymes with caddy. Easy!…

5 children using their wits to survive in the Quadmos

Thanks for joining me! Let’s travel to the future with Seyfert, Tycho, Addie, Walf and Suza. Five hundred years is a long time to wait for a raspberry. From the Depths of Vispa, Chapter 2, “Fruit” Fantasy sci-fi for middle-graders, ‘From the Depths of Vispa’ imagines a future far from Earth, long after ‘The Bigger…