Often it is just one personal experience that sparks an idea and then other ideas gather around that idea in a kind of soup.
One day I took my two daughters to Taiaroa Head (headland near my home in Port Chalmers) to watch the albatross flying. A big sea was driving great strands of bull kelp seaweed up against the cliffs below us and as I stared down I suddenly imagined a giant standing on the seabed with his huge hair caught in the surf.
Pigtails was completed while I held the Children’s Writing Fellowship at the Dunedin College of Education in 2001. The assistance I received from Creative New Zealand is gratefully acknowledged.
Pigtails The Pirate won the Picture Book category at the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards in 2003.