Tuesday, April 19, 2016

New Releases for May 2016!

Yes, I am still here! I am working through a pretty extensive 'to do' list, but thought I'd better stop by and let you know that I am still around! 

Ella Diaries news:
Here is the latest release for the Ella Diaries series. It's a wonderful tale full of all the usual craziness and antics you have come to expect from Ella and her friends, all centered around the School Play.

Here's a bit of an exclusive look at some of the internal artwork:

The latest edition (May 2016) of Total Girl Magazine features your chance to win a copy of this new Ella Diaries book through their COMPS CLUB. 

Otherwise, it hits the shops on the 1st of May, so be sure to grab a copy, or order one online here.

I have also completed the next book in this series (!) and have started the cover art for the following book, so there's LOTS more to come in this gorgeous series.

Other news:
I have been meaning to share this one with you for AGES! 

This was the very first book I created on my wonderful journey with the team at Scholastic. 

I will always have a soft spot for this book and it's just been released as a BOARD BOOK! This format really suits this book, and it still includes the music CD of Peter Combe's hilarious songs! This one is also due for release on the 1st of May. Here's one place you can order it.

On my desk:
A brand new picture book! Yay! I have missed working in FULL COLOUR and I am delighted to be working on my first sketches for a fun new book. 

Of course we also have a several new Ella and Olivia books on the go, and I am desperately waiting to see the first proofs for another brand new (still Top Secret!) book due for release in September.

Phew! That's it for now. We are off on a very long overdue family vacation shortly, so we are counting down the sleeps until the big day!

Check back soon for more news....there's still a couple of things brewing behind the scenes that I hope to be able to share soon. x

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Coming up for air!

This once month posting thing is clearly becoming a habit! There is so much going on but I just can't seem to make time to share things here. When there are so many things demanding your time and attention, then something has to give. I just can't physically do everything so I feel a bit like I am in survival mode! 

None the less, here I am! Last month I managed to finish an exciting BRAND NEW book project (double the length of anything I have worked on before!) This obviously means double the work! It took an entire week of scanning and 'live tracing' to sort out all of the illustrations (even with the help of my niece!) I am really pleased with how it all came together and I can't wait to see the final product - (due for release in SEPTEMBER this year.)

No rest for the wicked though - I have already completed another Ella and Olivia book since then and am starting on the next Ella Diaries too!

I do have a few new things to share, but I still need to photograph them. In the meantime, here's some (bad) photos of a lovely surprise I recently received in the mail. It's a Spanish version of a book I worked on a few years ago with Five Mile Press. It's a "Press and Play" concept where you 'pop' out a 2D character to interact with the pages. It's the first time I have seen a foreign language version of one of my books, so it's pretty exciting!

And just because I don't share enough farm pics here, I just wanted to share our lovely chickens getting in on some out door painting fun! 

I swear these chickens think they are human! They always try to come inside the house with us and even jump into the car with us whenever they can! I love them!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Mascot fun

A little side project for a friend....

Monday, January 25, 2016


Well, a VERY belated HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all. I would have to say that we have had a very ordinary start to the New Year. In fact, I would go so far as to say it has included some of the worst days of my life.

I don't intend to bother you with the details, but it has included writing off our car. (We hit a wombat on route to our holiday destination on Christmas Eve and have been without a car for the past month while we sort things out with insurance! This is a tough ask when you live on a farm and can't rely on public transport, or walking anywhere!) But the worst part was one of our daughters becoming seriously ill and requiring some time in hospital. She has made a wonderful recovery, but we are still dealing with some side effects. This one will haunt me for some time to come, I think!

Anyway, that's my excuse for going quiet here again of late. I have so much to share with you, but will try to do it in stages. I plan to overhaul this blog and set up a website this year, but for now I have some serious work to catch up on.

I have had to do some re-shuffling of deadlines, but it feels good to get some normality and routine back into our lives. I have managed to complete the new cover artwork for the latest Ella Diaries, and have also completed all of the internal artwork for another new Ella Diaries due for release in a few months. These stories just get better and better and I LOVE working on this series.

I also meant to mention that you can now get a BOXED SET of Ella Diaries book. You know I love a boxed set!! (Sorry about the bad photo - something else I have to work on this year!)

Oh, and while we are talking boxed sets, here's an Ella and Olivia BOXED SET I spotted in one of our favourite book stores!

Now that I have caught up a bit, I am also back working on my BRAND NEW, TOP SECRET book. 

I am having so much fun with this one. There's lots of new characters and so many hilarious moments that I may have gone a bit over board with the illustrations! I don't know how we are going to fit it all into the number of pages we have been allocated!! This one is not due for release until September this year, so I can't give too much away just yet. But for now it's FUN, FUN, FUN!

This year is stacking up to be one of my busiest yet! Stay tuned for more updates and some new releases I still need to share with you. Back soon.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


Phew...another month of craziness done and dusted! I would like to think that next year I can make some more time for this blog, but right now it's just a case of keeping up with the heavy work flow.

My motivation was boosted by the arrival of my advance copies of the new ELLA DIARIES book - PONY SCHOOL SHOWDOWN. 

I always thought horses were my weakness when it came to drawing, but this week I had to draw an Orang-Utan and that REALLY tested my skills!! I spent WAY too long on it, but was happy with it in the end.

Anyway, despite the 'horse' theme, I think this one may be my new favourite in the ELLA DIARIES series (but I think I say that about every new release, don't I?!)

We also head into the Christmas season with the wonderful news that ELLA DIARIES has been sold into 10 more countries in Asia! It's such an exciting time for all of us involved in this beautiful series and I am so proud to be a part of it all.

Next year brings a few changes, and some exciting NEW books for me to work on, with the contracts and deadlines all signed off and ready for the NEW YEAR.

Best wishes for a fabulous Holiday season and here's to an exciting 2016.

Danielle x

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


I have always wanted to have a boxed set of my books, and here they are!! 12 Ella and Olivia books!

This is such a gorgeous gift idea - just in time for Christmas. I am also working on a BRAND NEW Ella and Olivia concept due for release next year! Stay tuned for more details!

Monday, November 2, 2015


Phew...completely snowed under of late! working on an exciting BRAND NEW book, a NEW Ella and Olivia Concept and some NEW Readers. Not a lot of time for blogging or anything else at the moment!

I just wanted to share a lovely little surprise we found when we took the kids to the local park! This cool truck was parked on the street.

If you look closely you will see the little girl is holding an Ella Diaries book! 

Hee, hee. Made me giggle!