A group of published UK-based authors and illustrators of picture books, children's and YA.

Author Archives: helendouglas

The book that changed my writing life

After avoiding books on the craft of writing for years, I came across one that proved genuinely helpful.

March 13, 2018

Summer Reads

YA writer Helen Douglas shares her top reads for Summer 2016

June 10, 2016

Music To My Ears

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” Plato It’s no secret that music creates a strong emotional response in … Continue reading

February 29, 2016 · 1 Comment

Happy Book Birthday to Pierre the French Bulldog

Like most dogs, Pierre, a French bulldog, loves the excitement of digging things up. He hoards his treasures in a hole in the backyard and then makes space for more. … Continue reading

March 3, 2015 · 2 Comments

Inspirational Quotes For Writers

I’m a bit of a quote collector. I’m always scribbling down little snippets I’ve overheard or read and I love reading back over them.It’s difficult to limit myself to a … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · 4 Comments

Coping With Writers’ Block

Writers’ Block. It sounds so ominous. I mentally imagine a guillotine slicing down right between a writer and her creativity. But here’s the thing: I don’t actually believe in it. … Continue reading

December 3, 2014

Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone

I am a pretty open, inclusive reader. I’m comfortable with a wide range of books, from non-fiction books on mountaineering to historical fiction, science fiction and contemporary. I read books … Continue reading

August 22, 2014

Effective Descriptions

As a writer, one of my favourite parts to write is description. I love searching for just the right word or image to bring a place or character to life. … Continue reading

March 28, 2014

Finding Time to Write

Outside, the only light in the darkness comes from the dim flicker of stars. Inside, I fumble along the landing with nothing but the orange glow of a single nightlight … Continue reading

January 10, 2014 · 8 Comments

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