As a self-taught illustrator, I’ve really enjoyed working on a variety of children’s books by new and established authors. Being able to dive into their stories is always a great experience and I love getting to know the authors’ visions.

In this blog, I will be interviewing three of the authors I have worked with to share the stories behind their books and a little more about them personally.


Barbara Adu-Darko
Author of The Magic Bubble Wand

Hi, I’m Barbara; a South London based children’s picture book author. Before I got into my full-time role as an account manager, I had applied for an internship at ITN which was a great experience that propelled my interest in publishing. I wanted to write but I wasn’t sure about which genre to focus on. I started with a fictional book (which is still in the works) but was then inspired to write my first children’s book, The Magic Bubble Wand which is about my nieces!

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There are so many exciting things in the pipeline for Barbara, so follow her Instagram page for updates: @colourful_bubbles and purchase The Magic Bubble Wand on Amazon.


Izzie Kpobie-Mensah
Author of Adjoa’s Paddling Pool and Adjoa Goes to Nursery

Hi, my name is Izzie and I would class myself as multifaceted. I am a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandma, niece and aunt. I am an equality, diversity and inclusion specialist, an author, jewellery maker and love all things that involve creativity and community. Professionally, I have spent most of my career working in administrative and people engagement related roles in healthcare and education. Adjoa’s Paddling Pool is my second book!

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Pick up a copy of Izzie’s books on Amazon, the Afroclectic website, or via her Etsy shop!


Richmond Osei-Akoto
Author of Dylan’s Dilemma

Hello, I’m Richmond; husband of one amazing and supportive wife and father of three intelligent, beautiful and energetic daughters. Oh yes, I’m also the author of a children’s book, Dylan’s Dilemma. After nearly 15 years of being caught in the proverbial rat race, I’ve finally reached a stage in my life where I feel as though I’m exercising the treasures that have been buried deep inside of me. This phase of my life is an exciting time!

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Dylan’s Dilemma is available on Amazon and if you’d like some special signed copies, check out Pop Up United.


Thank you to Barbara, Izzie and Richmond for sharing your journeys and thoughts with me. It has been a pleasure to work with you all and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for your books.

If you are an author looking for an illustrator, please do have a look at my work here and get in touch to start your journey with me!