What's New

August 2013
I was lucky enough to be featured on the 'Simply Messing About' Blog in August thanks to Renee Kurilla.

This month I have had book birthdays! Welcome to One Word Pearl and Double Crossed at Cactus Flats!

Visit Charlesbridge Publishing to find out more and purchase.

Visit ABDO Publishing to find out more and purchase.

July 2013
Illustrator's Day out .. with Maine's Stephen Costanza and Jeannie Brett. We took time out to visit Ashley Brayn on his Maine island and wish him a HAPPY 90th BIRTHDAY!!

I visited Augusta Children's Museum ... fun to draw with the chidlren there. And they had an ENORMOUS chair! So I couldn't resist it.

June 2013
ALA Midsummer conference is always fabulous. This year it was in Chicago (my first visit to that city). I got to sign with my publisher's Charlesbridge and Kane Miller, as well as attend the wonderful Caldecott banquet AND meet up with old friends. What a great weekend!

Signing display with Kane Miller

Over at Charlesbridge with One Word Pearl

Surprise! met up with Daniel Stefanski at Free Spirit's booth

Anastasia and me and our books!

With the fabby Ellen Hopkins, whose NVSCBWI Mentor programme I attended in 2010 which helped me enormously on this journey.

At the Caldecott banquet with Curious City's Kirsten Cappy.

The wonderful Eric Rohmann with Candace Fleming and Anastasia Suen.

Here I am with Moose! (And Deborah Hallen and Paul O Zelinsky :-)

I couldn't resist asking Brian Selznick for a photo .. could you???

June 2013
Another great bookshop in Maine is the Owl and Turtle in Camden. It's nice to get out and meet book buyers!

Fun to visit The Children's Book Cellar in Waterville, Maine and sign some copies of 1,2,3 by the Sea.

May 2013
My latest newsletter is online - click HERE. Enter my draw to win a signed copy of 'One Word Pearl'!

 August I'll be part of an exciting illustration exhibition in Kennebunk, Maine.
You are invited to the opening reception Aug 24th 2-4pm. Check in again for details ...

Not until Sept, but a great event!
May 2013
The Briar Patch Bookstore in Bangor, ME kindly invited me to do a signing. This young man asked me to draw R2D2 for him ... err, I tried my best ... it turned out to be R2's cousin.

May has turned out to be a very busy month! Cape Elizabeth, ME held their first Children's Author festival ... I had the best time (as you can see!).

At the New England SCBWI Conference, Springfield, MA, presenting two workshops on Drawing from Memory and Social Networking. Here I am in the bookstore with some of my books! It's a thrill to find them there.

It's a lonely trek to Fort Kent, at the top of Maine, but I had a fun day as part of the presentation team for their Author Day.

April 2013
Before I left Europe I called in at the London Book Fair and met up with 'One Word Pearl'! Nice to see she is on her travels ...

In Brussels at the most beautiful bookstore 'Treasure Trove' for a fun afternoon with local children drawing pics from '1,2,3 by the Sea'.

After Bologna a quick hop to Paris and as part of the faculty at Europolitan 2013 SCBWI conference I gave a presentation on creating graphic novels.

March 2013
At Bologna Children's Book Fair with Euro SCBWI Co-ordinator, Kirsten Carlson, and below on Charlesbridge' booth with One Word Pearl...


'Rebel Raiders' on sale ... with cover art and interior illo's by me. It's a MG Civil War novel ready for 150th Anniversary of Morgan's Raid. Lisa Trimble Actor did a great job.

"A rare combination of page-turning action set in an important historical event' Grounded by compassion, humanity and excellent writing' - quote from Bobbie Pyron (A Dog's Way Home and The Dogs of Winter)

Learn more at http://rebelraiders.us/

March 2013 

'One Word Pearl' by Nicole Groeneweg and published by Mackinac Island Press/Charlesbridge available on pre-order pub date Aug 2013.


February 2013 

Fun times at Kindling Words East!

January 2013 

Book Trailer for 1,2,3 by the Sea on Youtube

'1,2,3 by the Sea' written by Dianne Moritz and published by Kane Miller is out!

December 2012

Sleeping Bear Journey of the Cubs - written by Anne Margaret Lewis (and illustrated by me) is available.

November 2012

Great weekend at the Eric Carle Museum Celebration and the R.Michelson Gallery exhibition.

October 2012

Visited the Edward Gorey Exhibition in Portland, Maine, with Illustrator/Author Jeannie Brett.

September 2012

Sold out at Princeton Book Festival! A windy and hot day, and lots of crowds.

August 2012

'Why am I Here?' published in Korean!

A great time at the Advanced Illustrator's Workshop, Highlight's Foundation, Boyd's Mill, PA.

With Eric Rohmann

At Camden Book Fair, Maine with a gaggle of authors and illustrators. Thanks to Amy Hand super-librarian!

July 2012

Fun at Waterville Arts Festival, Maine 'Chalking it up!' with the children - thanks to Waterville Library.



Excited to be the featured Artist in the July/August edition of SCBWI bulletin!



June 2012
 'How to Talk to an Autistic Kid' winds a ForeWord Reviews BOTYA Gold Medal at ALA!


Fun weekend at ALA Anaheim, signing books with Kane Miller and Charlesbridge and meeting friends!

Birthday for 'Fly Emma, Fly' by Anastasisa Suen, illustrated by me, pub Kane Miller. The whole series now in library covers!


Had a great evening at Fablevision's 'Creative Juices' Art show!


with Susannah Richards

Created Banner for NESCBWI Facebook Page


Big giveaway on the blog


May 2012 
Presented at Charlesbridge Book Week, Watertown, MA.




Etsy store now open!
News Article - Morning Sentinel, Maine

Interview with Paul and Paula

April 2012

Placed second in NESCBWI Poster Contest 2012 People's Choice. Thanks for all those who voted for me!


Interview with Miss Marple's Musings http://joannamarple.com/?p=3269.

March 2012

Visited Harlow Gallery, Hallowell Maine for 'Lunch with an Artist' Presentation.


Book 4 in the Anastasia Suen series 'All Star Cheerleaders - Fly, Emma, Fly' - available soon!


Accepted to take part in Princeton Children's Book Festival, NJ 2012

New book illustrations in progress for Kane Miller Publishing Spring 2013.

Attended 'Books for a Better Life Awards' NY Times Building, NY


February 2012'

Hidden New Jersey' Publication Day Feb 1

See the book trailer here

Accepted for the May 2012 'Tell me a Story' illustration exhibit at the Warwick Museum of Art (www.warwickmuseum.org)

Hidden New Jersey featured on David L. Harrison's blog

Interviewed by Marilyn Hilton

January 2012

 Hidden New Jersey book trailer on Cynsations blog

Next 2 books in the 'All Star Cheerleader' Anastasia Suen chapter book series (Kane Miller) now on sale!


'How to Talk to an Autistic Kid' awarded Learning Magazine
teachers' Choice Award for the Family 2012.December 2011
'Hidden New Jersey' on pre-order

November 2011
News Article Bangor Daily News reporting 'The Ugly Duckling' release 

Saturday November 12th 10.30am to 12.30pm book signing for 'All Star Cheerleaders: Tick Tock, Taylor!' and demonstration at Pittsfield Library, Pittsfield Maine. All welcome! Christmas Book Fair with Usborne Books consultant Sue Hahn.

The Ugly Ducking' available on ipad/itunes at Utales.com. Awarded first prize of ipad2 in Utales classic tale competition.

"How to Talk to an Autistic Kid' by Daniel Stefanski/Hazel Mitchell finalist in 16th Annual Books for a Better Life award. Winners announced March 2012, NY Time Center.

October 2011
'The Ugly Duckling' ebook available soon on Utales.com

August 2011
Attended SCBWI Summer Conference
WIP - Book 2&3 Anastasia Suen's 'All Star Cheerleaders' series.

June 2011
'Tick Tock Taylor' by Anastasia Suen and illustrated by Hazel Mitchell will be available shortly from Kane and Miller. One in a series of four chapter books for young readers mad about cheerleading.

THE SEASONS IN MAINE - School project with Corinna Elementary 4th Graders Maine is complete and can be purchased online at LULU.COM. Well done the 4th grade classes 2010/2011 :-)

May 2011
Interviewed by Naomi Canale 'Dreams Can Come True'

'WHY AM I HERE?' awarded first place in Children's section Eric Hoffer Independent Book Awards.

Attended NESCBWI Regional Conference, Fitchburg MA.

April 2011
'How to Talk to an Autistic Kid' by Daniel Stefanski and illustrated by Hazel Mitchell, published by Free spirit Publishing available to purchase.

Attended final weekend of Nevada SCBWI 2011 mentor program (mentored by Priscilla Burris.)

March 2011
Grant Award from Maine Community Arts Fund to work with 4th grade children at Corinna Elementary School Maine, to produce a book to sell on Amazon. Watch this space for more details!

February 2011
Featured Illustrator on 'Illustration Saturday'

January 2011
WIP Illustration - 'Hidden New Jersey' - A Search and Seek Book for Charlesbridge Publishing, Boston, MA

WIP - Chapter book Illustrations for Kane and Miller Publishing, CA

December 2010
How to Talk to an Autistic Kid' by Daniel Stefanski and illustrated by Hazel Mitchell on pre-order.