Here we are in the Underworld (again)

My heroine has just descended into the Underworld. I shouldn't be surprised. All my stories, in one way or another, end up in the Underworld. It took me a while to figure this out. My first novel was going really well until I reached the point where my protagonist crossed over into the Other World. Once she …

Storytelling seeds

When it comes to telling a story, either live or written down in a handmade story book, I prefer to make up the story as I go along. This ensures that the telling of the tale is a journey of discovery from start to finish - for me, as well as for the reader. Even though I …

Where do characters come from?

Where do characters come from? And where are they going? The heroine of my cartoon series, The Everyday Adventures of Mythology Girl, has come to London from a mysterious realm that, so far, has only been hinted at in the story. I suppose you could say that she has also come from a mysterious realm inside …

‘What It Is’ and the power of stories

What is an experience? Is it something you have? Or something which has you? I don't think I have ever read anything quite like Lynda Barry's What it Is. Each page is a mixture of collage, cartoons, snippets of text, and handwritten notes. Interspersed throughout are sections of autobiographical material which tell the story of Barry's early creative …