About

Some of the work that went into making this book

A family portrait with mum, dad, brother, dog and cat.
This is Bekki the Fairy’s family with Humphrey the dog and Fluffypuff the cat.

My book is about the amazing things girls can do even if they cannot do magic. It started out as a book about Bekki the Fairy and turned into a book about science and STEM and the power of girls, friends and family.

A Rainbow Team

My two fairy books are possibly the most lavish and expensively produced children’s books to come out of South London. A rainbow team was put together to create the books. I say rainbow because we came from all over the globe – Ireland, Africa, Jamaica, Brazil, Asia, the US, Europe. We were a global team but when it mattered we were all Londoners together.

A woman holds up a little girl in a fairy costume.
Helping Ava to fly.

Photographers, models, one stylist, hairdressers, make-up artists and designers were hired. I was the writer and this project was my baby. My super-power is photo-editing and I thought a story told in studio photos was a great idea. I gave it a go.

a table with ballet shoes and seamstress's equipment
Finishing touches for Bekki the Fairy’s ballet shoes

Lovely London

We came from all over he planet but for a period of years we were all in London at the same time. We had the time, the skills, the energy to work together on this very unique book project. The whole thing took well over a decade and our cover girl is now a beautiful young woman.

Little girls in fairy costume in a photographer's studio.
Bekki the Fairy, star of the book A Fairy in the family, on set in London.

Book or movie??

We may as well have shot a movie. If we had known how many photo shoots and how much effort and general blood, sweat and tears would be involved in creating a book using photos we might not have bothered. But we did bother and we have two books that we are very proud of A Fairy in the Family and A Fairy in the Family Again.

A studio shot of a girl posing and the same photo retouched to make her look like she is flying
The photo of Bekki the Fairy in flight needed some retouching magic.

The books were designed to be timeless. They have a vintage, retro feel. Still they will always remind me of a special time in the Capital City of the World.

Don’t forget the science of black hair

My latest book, a Fairy in the Family Again,  is for young girls who might like STEM, magic and black hair.  I have been putting the characters on Instagram too which is fun.  We were very happy to get Mumbi Dunjwa from the Naturaz hair company to talk about black hair.

Smiling girl in a pony t-shirt surrounded by thought bubbles saying she loves her horse so much that she wants to clone her

STEM Lovin’ Baby-sitters

The STEM Lovin’ baby-sitters are all role models for girls who like science.  And as a special feature this book has a  real life scientist who creates hair products for black hair.  Read about Mumbi and Naturaz here.