I sometimes write as John Bell, and as John Bell I have a book coming out next month – The Wattle Tree, illustrated by Ben Wood. It’s being published by Hachette Australia and will be available on August 14.

The Wattle Tree tells the story of a young girl coming to terms with the loss of her grandmother. She finds a tree in the bush near her house that seems imbued with her grandmother’s spirit; as she visits it again and again, she discovers that even those we’ve lost can have a continuing presence in our lives.

To celebrate the book’s publication Ben and I are setting ourselves a series of creative challenges. Each day we give ourselves a different theme and spend half an hour committing our responses to paper. I’ll post some of the results over the next week, so stay tuned!