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About Me

Hello! I’m Kirstie Watson, an independent children's book author, publisher and self-publishing mentor 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 while a pursued a corporate career.

When I had my two children, I was inspired to dust off the old notebooks and start taking my writing more seriously.  My children became my inspiration, my trusted sounding boards, and sometimes also my harshest critics - they always tell me straight if a story is any good!

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In 2018 I self-published my first children's picture book, The Witch's Cat and The Cooking Catastrophe. I've since sold thousands copies of that title around the world.

Well and truly bitten by the indie-publishing bug, I went on to publish several more picture books, including award-winning, The Fairies - Petal & Nettle and the Big Birthday Surprise; Pirate Mouse - Hunt for The Treasure Thief; The Witch's Cat and The Broomstick Blunder; and Jungle Scrumble. 

I decided in 2022 to venture into early chapter books for emerging readers and published, The Tales of The Witch's Cat: The Puppy problem. A spin-off series for lovers of The Witch's Cat picture books.

When I'm not working, you'll mostly find me with my nose in a good book (or Kindle), running my children around to the gazillion activities they partake in, or outside in the fresh air, either running or walking the dog!


Since 2018, I've learned a lot about self-publishing children's books and now one of my favourite things is helping other authors achive their publishing goals. Find out how I could help you here.

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My books are published under my imprint, Telltale Tots.

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