Tragically the author of these books, Darron Love, lost his battle with depression in December 2019. In order to honour his legacy and help others in his situation, we wish to direct you to his wife’s Just Giving page. They hope to raise money to help fund ongoing support for men with mental health issues, as well as to boost and promote organ donation services.

Annie’s Grannies – Decorating Disaster

Children’s book illustration/character design

Written by Darron Jon Love.

Annie is a normal 10 year old girl. Her parents often go away to do boring work things, which means she gets to spend lots of time with her hopeless grannies. handprintThey’re always up to something and it never quite goes the way it’s supposed to. annies granniesThe most simple of things become complicated in their hands and the consequences are hilarious. Today they’re painting and decorating…

…what could possibly go wrong!

The Author

annies-grannies-publications“Sarah’s advice has been invaluable, she could have just illustrated my first attempt but knew there was more to be had from the story and pointed me towards the right help. Sarah loves her work, her friendly ‘can do’ approach is reassuring whether you’re on your first or tenth book. She quickly understood what I wanted to achieve and the look I was after. Sarah kept me informed and brought me into the whole process, we changed things and sometimes changed them again but I never felt that I couldn’t ask for anything, nothing seemed to be a burden for her. What you see here is the finished article, I’m so proud of the work Sarah has produced, capturing my vision and helping me realise the dream of this project.

annies granniesWhen I started writing back in January 2015 Annie’s Grannies was completely different.  Back then Annie didn’t exist, while Mary and Sue were still having identity issues.  By the middle of that year, I felt I’d written something pretty good and started searching for my illustrator. I trawled the net, found many and emailed very few.  Sarah was the only artist that offered everything that I needed as a novice.

I shared my draft with Sarah, the first big step, and although she said she could illustrate it for me, she suggested somebody she’d worked with before, with experience, to cast an eye over it.
This is where Annie’s Grannies really began to take shape. Fast forward to April 2016, several rewrites later and I’m back in touch with Sarah, who not only recalled our previous conversations from almost a year previously but was pleased to hear from me and excited to see the reworked story. I love how Sarah has captured my characters so faithfully and skilfully portrayed their calamitous adventure. I’m excited about the next Annie’s Grannies book and by working along side Sarah, I already know it’s going to be great.”

Darron Love – Author of Annie’s Grannies in Decorating Disaster

Annie often has to spend days being looked after by her Grannies, and they seem to get into all kinds of mishaps! Whether it’s painting a door shut, starting fires by accident or pouring eggs and flour all of themselves, the Grannies seem unable to do anything without something going wrong! Thankfully Annie is there to help out, and she always learns a valuable life lesson along the way. These colourfully illustrated books are great fun, with a rhyming story and plots that keep everyone laughing. You can find out more about the author, Darron, by visiting his website.

You can get your hands (or paws….?) on this wonderful book here:

www.darronjonlove.com

A few of my previous clients

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  • Sarah really understood the brief right from the beginning and has been able to translate my ideas and mental images, that at times were quite specific, into magical illustrations that are better than I’d ever hoped. She has absolutely nailed it!” – Gareth Edwards

  • “Sarah’s advice has been invaluable, she could have just illustrated my first attempt but knew there was more to be had from the story and pointed me towards the right help." – Darron Jon Love

  • "The logos are absolutely fantastic, they are spot on brief and are even better than we imagined!Paolo Pini, Step Up To Languages

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  • “I am so happy that I found Sarah to bring my book to life. Sarah took the time to listen and really made the effort to make sure that I was happy and her brilliant designs translated the words of my book into a beautiful visual story." - Jodie Jackson

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  • “Sarah was lovely to work with and keen to make sure that the illustrations were a perfect match for the story. It’s obvious that she really cares about her work and wants you, the author, to be happy with the final results.” – Marion Adams

  • Sarah is professional, friendly and very knowledgeable, she delivered 100% with a new logo that was spot on! We can't recommend her enough!” - Lucy @ Get Active

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  • Sarah has a great insight into how to best produce a children’s book and is really helpful in getting you there! I really cannot recommend Sarah enough – brilliant designer, friendly and professional. The experience has been a great one!“ – Jodie Jackson
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  • "Sarah loves her work, her friendly ‘can do’ approach is reassuring whether you’re on your first or tenth book."  – Darron Jon Love
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  • "I can’t speak highly enough of Sarah! She has brought Roopert Snoopert to life in a way I could never have imagined.
    The illustrations are fantastic! Sarah keeps you update with progress from the draft stage right through to sign off." - Paul Micklewright
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  • "Sarah quickly understood what I wanted to achieve and the look I was after. Sarah kept me informed and brought me into the whole process” – Darron Jon Love

  • Sarah is an extremely talented designer and illustrator. She has that rare gift of being able to find something in your business or character that you never knew existed" Craig Green

  • "I hope my recommendation will persuade you to use Sarah! I cannot fault her, for her professionalism, enthusiasm and talent." - Michelle Hawkins, Director: The Flying DoDo

  • "It's been great working with Sarah as our illustrator! She's been so great in taking all feedback on board and delivers work of the highest standard. Would 100% recommend :-)" - Michelle Gibbs, Doodle Dozen Series
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