Hello! I’m Kirstie Watson, a children's storyteller and indie picture book author, based in Milton Keynes, UK.
For as long as I can remember, I've scribbled down little story ideas. It was just a little hobby and for years I kept them all to myself, safely hidden away in my notebooks.
When I had my two children, I was inspired to dust off the old notebooks and start sharing my stories with them. My children have become my inspiration, my sounding boards and also my harshest critics.
My Debut Book
The Witch’s Cat and The Cooking Catastrophe was always a firm favourite with the Telltale Tots, so I decided to take the plunge and self-publish my first book.
The book was illustrated by Magdalena Sawko who is a wonderful illustrator based in Poland. I found Magdalena online and fell in love with her beautiful line and watercolour illustrations. She really brought the story to life with her interpretation of the Witch’s Cat.
I knew I’d sell at least one copy to my mum and dad. But It achieved more success than I could have imagined. I found lots of wonderful support from my hometown of Milton Keynes, and the book was also picked up by major book retailers in the UK and worldwide. I learned a lot through the whole experience and soon got to working on the next book, Pirate Mouse which launched February 2020.
What’s next? I’m busy working on new picture titles for publication 2021/2022.