Swings and roundabouts…

Round and round and up and down we go – the life of a writer. At the moment I seem to be on the way up, understanding full well, that after an “up” there is, more often than not, a “down” but until that moment happens, I’ll enjoy the ride. My most recent news is […]

My May Gibbs Creative Time Fellowship – 2 months on…

Now that I’ve settled back in at home I’m asking myself exactly how creative was I during my month in Canberra? Well, let’s see… I polished the text for my next picture book with Walker, due out by Christmas next year (2020). Walker is also considering another picture book at the moment, fingers, toes and […]

If I Were a Poet…

  If I were a poet I wonder if I could write lots of poems that spread wings and fly   Well that’s exactly what one of my poems has done. The very first poem that I wrote specifically for children, If I Were a Giant, has flown the coop and landed not only in […]

ASK DIANNE: Rhyming Picture Books

Originally posted on Writing and Illustrating:
Q:  When I go to the bookstore or library for market research, I see a lot of rhyming picture books on the shelves.  Kids love picture books that rhyme, obviously.  But a lot of editors and agents say that they don’t want rhyming picture book submissions from writers.  Why?…

Second book syndrome

How many of us, after publishing our first book, felt, after more than enough rejections, that that was it? Well I certainly did. I comforted myself with talk such as – oh well, that was nice while it lasted, at least I got one book published, at least this, at least that……But if I’m honest, […]