Sunday, 21 August 2011

My picture books are selling!

Hey! My picture books are selling!
Here in the UK and in the US!
I'm really and looking forward to getting my first children's novel on.
It's complete, I'm now doing the illustrations and cover.
Watch this space!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Another book!

Yes! I've done it! Another ebook published!
I love doing these picture books, though this one about a spider gave me the shivers as I was doing the illustrations. I kept making myself jump! The whole idea of the book is not to be so scared of spiders, 'cause I'm shockingly scared of them! I wrote this story some time ago for my own children so they wouldn't have the same fear as me and it worked with my daughter who has always happily taken out the spiders for me! Result!
The link to this book is
So if you're a wimp with spiders, like me, give it a go!
Now I'm working on an ebook for teenagers, a science fiction/fantasy that's been using up my spare time for a while. This one is the first in a series and is called 'The Seventh Son'.
Not only has it got a fantastic plot it also has a inner message woven into the story, that encourages the reader to really think about the beliefs and traditions that we just accept in our lives. The whole concept of being more openminded is explored in a way that is entertaining and with characters that are believable.
Basically the story makes you think!
Just two more chapters to type and it's ready for the next stage.

Monday, 15 August 2011

Me! Therefore I am.

Hi! My name is Paula McBride and I live in the depths of Wiltshire, England.
I'm sat in my conservatory, on a cool summers evening in shorts, long stripey socks and a frumpy long cardi.
The chickens have gone to bed, my two kittens are going crazy round my feet, the fish are happily nibbling green bits stuck to the tank and the stick insect is chewing his privot and shedding his skin!
Why have I started this blog? Why not!
The long stripey socks are mandatory, as I am an artist, author and illustrator. The chickens and cats come with the territory too, but the stick insect was a gift from an equally artsy friend, who thought he would help with inspiration.
Not that I need much!
I've been painting, mostly water-colour, for over 20 years and writing children's stories for nearly that long too.
My latest, "A little Bear behind..." is my first ebook.
Sorry this link is so long!!!!!!!!!! There are ways to shorten it - I must learn.
I'm not sure how well children's picture books sell on Kindle, etc, but I've only had this book on amazon UK for a fortnight and I've made some sales, more than I thought!
So if anyone has some input on this, I'd really like to hear from you.