Each year I write (and illustrate ) four children’s books as Christmas presents, all based on their own individual interests and characters. I ‘park’ my other writing and start on December 1st. Each year the books get longer and more sophisticated as the children grow up and this year I wrote two more joint adventures, finding different pictures for each. As always, I underestimate how long it takes, especially with having to fit in all the other Christmas organising, buying, jollifications etc.. So this year I was still writing at 6. 30 on Christmas Eve. Luckily my ‘in house ‘ publishing company was able to cope so they were all wrapped up ready just in time.