All launched out – what an experience!

It’s over – the launch of my first junior novel. Mike the Spike has now been officially introduced to the world. And what a send off! All that build up. The plans … the nerves … the lice … I had a great time and, I’m delighted to say, so did everyone else.

I did a brief talk and read out some of the book …DSC01549






DSC01562Ben Johnston, my terribly talented illustrator, performed a drawing demo …





DSC01566The kids had lots of fun making lice puppets, thanks to the help of my wonderful friend Stella Samaras of the Crafty Theatre blog …







DSC01575And best of all we got to chat with some book-loving kids!






I’m so grateful to Kogarah Library for hosting the launch. Their enthusiasm and professionalism made everything run smoothly. I also want to thank my friends and family for their support. They gave me their time and their love when I needed it most. I couldn’t have done it without them!

Photographs courtesy of Vasudha Chandra.



  1. It was so much fun! I’ve never been to a book launch before. Thanks for the opportunity to get involved. The kids made some special lice! They came in all fresh eyed and morning fresh and left with the nits!

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