Chris’ stories for children reveal a love of wordplay, rhyme, and a penchant for whimsical characters living in curious places.
At an early age, Chris enjoyed the naive heroes of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake, the menageries of Dr. Seuss and Mercer Mayer, and the busy towns of Richard Scarry.
Chris’ first internationally published children’s book, co-written with award winning illustrator, Angela Keoghan, was published in March 2017 by TATE, of the TATE museums fame, in the UK.
In their first published collaboration, the world's greatest cat detective, Inspector Brunswick and his loyal assistant, Nelson attempt to solve The Case of the Missing Eyebrow.
"We are so happy to be sharing the first of the Brunswick and Nelson book series with children around the world," says Chris. "I still pinch myself that it's really happening! It's amazing that after six years of writing stories together and trying to solve the mystery of how to get published, Angela and I had the world's greatest detective cat and dog duo solve it for us."
Chris and Angela attended the 2017 London Book Fair.
Since he was small, Chris has enjoyed the poetry of Edward Lear, Spike Milligan, Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl.
Of his poems, Chris says: ‘I love to mix and meddle with words in ways that will delight readers. When I’m writing rhyme I often have to shut myself away from everyone because I’m always talking out loud to myself to hear if the words I’ve chosen work together or not. I enjoy the constant challenge of trying to balance rhythm, meaning, and audience enjoyment in every line.’
Chris is currently working on a collaborative series of whimsical poems called ‘Secretive Creatures’ with longtime collaborator and illustrator, Angela Keoghan from The Picture Garden.
‘This collection of poems is for people who enjoy beautiful illustration, and being transported to curious places where mythical creatures that time has forgotten have their stories retold.’
When asked about the creative process: ‘It’s 50/50. Sometimes the words come first and inspire Angela’s illustrations. Other times, I might spot a curious character pencilled in the margin of one of Angela’s sketchbooks and that will inspire the words. That happened for our Nodbeagle poem; he began as a simple sketch and took on a life of his own.’