Friday, 29 January 2016

How I Beat The Blues Through Meditation and Energy Healing

We all go through the dreaded D word at some point in our lives and it really isn't a pleasant experience. Everyone has their own battles to fight and depression affects us all in some form or another. I am hoping this post will bring comfort to those currently going through it and to reassure you that these phases are only temporary and the blues can be beaten. This is what is working for me…

I am usually a very upbeat and positive person, but I have struggled in the past with depression. I suffered a bad spell in my late teens that lasted about a year or so and then last year I seemed to be attacked by it again.

What causes it? A whole manner of things, but for me personally the root cause seems to be from a huge insecurity complex that I have battled with for years. Last year we had some big changes, a very complicated house move, a family health scare. I took on way too much work in the terms of illustration work on top of all the other things I have to juggle, and there were lots of other incidents that contributed to my mental state. I completely lost myself and started turning into a different person. I was very depressed, I suffered panic attacks, I was over stressed and generally a right miserable git. I was consumed by so many negative qualities, self loathing, bitterness, anger, jelousy, the feeling that everyone didn’t like me and I was not worth anything. These are all traits I am strongly against so as you can imagine the whole thing was rather disturbing. I retreated from the world and from people, I was even contemplating anti depressants… something I am dead against using but that is how low I felt. 

Depression is a horrible thing to go through and I know many of us have felt like this at some point in our lives. I have had the odd spell now and again but nothing to this extent. It is not something that you can easily snap out of and you just feel like you are wandering about under a permanent dark cloud. I was desperate to get the old me back and was looking into all sorts of ways to try and get rid of all the negativity that seemed to be around me. I started to read blogs about depression and ways to combat it, without resorting to drugs. It was through Dale Preece Kelly, founder of Critterish Allsorts where I was eventually guided towards meditation, specifically energy healing. Well what can I say…my mind has been blown! I literally feel reborn, I only wanted to  find my old self again but it has gone beyond this, not only have I found me again, I have found the “true” me. I have learned to change my mindset which has put me at peace with everything and I now have a clear vision of what path I am heading towards. It’s all very exciting and I am embracing this self discovery and spiritual journey with open arms. 

What is energy healing?

Well put very simply… we are all made up of energy and when your energy is unbalanced it can have a huge affect on your emotions and mental well being. By changing your mindset you can get rid of all these blocks and shift the energy so that you are more balanced. Energy Healing is a broad term for any therapy that stimulates the energy flow in or around the human body to restore balance on all levels, thereby enabling the physical body to heal itself. Basically clearing blocks and interferences from the biofield. By balancing this energy you will eradicate all negative feelings, you will start to feel good about yourself, people will want to be around you and good things start happening without you even trying. 

How can you shift this energy?

The key… meditation. I have been meditating every day now for the past two months using the methods of Jerry Sargeant aka The Facilitator Click here for website His energy healing is quoted as being the most powerful form of energy healing currently out there, even healers using other methods have said that this “star magic” is more powerful than any other form of practice that they have tried. Jerry has kindly agreed to do an interview for me next month so I shall get him to explain in more detail about this form of healing in the next blog post.

So  I started by signing up to Jerrys newsletter where I was sent an 11 day audio clip for a half hr meditation that you had to do either standing or sitting for 11 days. I probably didn’t choose the best time to do this as it was literally over the festive period but I didn’t use that as an excuse not to do them. This first step was crucial to do as it teaches you to love yourself. Now I must admit I initially found the concept of loving yourself a tad odd, it sounded so narcissistic, but it really does work! As you can imagine, when you are not feeling very good about yourself to learn to love yourself was a struggle and I found these sessions extremely powerful and very emotional. After a few days I started to notice things really changing, my worries melted away, I became much happier, all negative thoughts disappeared. However  I also had a few side effects that are natural with the process of acceptance. Mine were extreme lethargy, loss of appetite, the feeling that I wasn’t in my body, suddenly being very aware of your surroundings and seeing things differently, tingling in my hands and head, feeling very emotional but not in a sad way. If you have just started out with energy healing and experience anything like this, please know that you aren’t going mad, it is completely natural. That phase only lasted  a week, I have now fully accepted what has happened / is happening and feel on top of the world. I probably found it more hard going due to the bad place I was in to begin with, you might well not have any of these experiences. 

Anyway I did that and then moved to a 21 day transform your life session, we will see how that pans out. There are loads of videos you can choose from on Jerry’s you tube channel , not just meditation clips but also videos on how to live the best life you can. They are very motivational and empowering, I just love his approach to life. Thanks to these sessions I now know what I need to do with my life, it is like I have found the missing piece to my puzzle. It will take time to put things in place but a whole new world has opened up for me that I want to explore. I will continue down this “healing” path and I have taken a huge leap out of my comfort zone and will be going to one of Jerry’s worskshops next weekend to understand it all more. I have also had my first reiki session and will be looking into learning this for use on friends and family. Art therapy is another thing I am being guided towards. Art will always be a big part of my life and I have always wanted to do something more with it. I believe this is the way forward for me and am currently putting my plans into action… exciting stuff.

The past month has been such an eye opener and I have been reading non stop about energy healing, mindfulness and spiritual awakenings. It has been a huge moment of self discovery for me and I can’t wait to see how this all evolves. I am hoping by blogging about my experience it might spur others that are going through a bad time to reach out and try this for themselves, just to get them back on a happy plane. I know there is a lot of skepticism out there surrounding this way of life and many people won’t touch this concept with a bargepole but it works! Absolutely anyone can do this, you just need to let go and try it, what harm can it do? Half an hr every day of lying there and listening to someone is a small sacrifice for how you will feel after. I was very skeptical and really wasn’t expecting anything, all I wanted was to be happy again. Well it has gone way beyond that, it’s amazing. I haven’t felt the feelings from last year since I started this and my heart is bursting with love, such a lovely feeling.  

The biggest change I have seen apart from the happy business is that people are entering my life and things are happening that all seem to be key to where I am guided to go. It is all so spooky but great things are happening behind the scenes. It is amazing how differently people react to you after you have changed your mind set. By learning to love myself and to let go of absolutely every little worry and negative thought good things are starting to happen. I have had situations at work that should have really ticked me off, the usual monthly hormonal joys, a couple of full moons and I still I haven’t felt low… that really is quite something. Last year I would have a bad spell at least once a week and at one point it seemed to go on forever. 

On top of meditation I am also following the reiki principles. I take  a moment day and night to say these to myself, thinking about each one and making sure my mind is at peace before I move to the next one. It really does help you start the day on a good footing. 

For today I will: 

Not be angry 

Will not worry 

Will be grateful

Will be diligent in my work

Will be kind to others 

Off course things still niggle me, I am not a super hero now ha ha, but I can tell when my thoughts are spiraling and I am able to nip them in the bud so that I remain balanced. The other day I could feel old emotions start coming up and I went to have  a lie down for 15 minutes and repeated the reiki principles in my mind while focusing on all the energy in my body….it sorted me right out.

I hope these posts will help some people out there. I am throwing caution to the wind with speaking so openly about this. I am aware that some will question all of this but if my writing can help just one person through a bad time then it is worth it. 

Have you had a spiritual awakening or had experiences with energy healing? How did it change your life? I would love to hear more. Also have you battled with depression? If so what methods helped you beat the blues?

Much love to you all 


Thursday, 21 January 2016

Blog Hop Tour - A Letter To Your Younger Self

My writerly pals and I would like to share an open letter to a younger self.

So what would I tell a younger me, hmmmm…. Where do I start! I still feel like I am growing as a person but I am pretty clued up with where my life is heading now and there is a tonne of stuff I wish I knew back then! So here goes, come here my little mini me, let me enlighten you he he

Dear little Nean,

Well, what can I say….what a colourful little life you will lead! Your life will not be boring that’s for sure. You will do some amazing things and meet some great people who open your eyes to a different way of thinking. As each year passes you will gain more wisdom and knowledge, all of which will assist you in helping others. People will fascinate you and are key to your journey, and you will find that you attract a variety of people into your life with  different cultures and backgrounds, and they will all inspire you in their own little way. The child within you will never disappear, and as a result you will live your life to the fullest, enjoying every experience that is thrown your way. Laughter will be a big part of your life, and will get you through some tough times.

So what can I pass down to you….The biggest thing by far is, you must listen to your heart! You will always have a battle between heart and head but I tell you now, your heart knows so much more than you give her credit for. By following your heart you will have such a fulfilling and fun packed life. There will be times when that head of yours shouts to be heard or other people do the shouting for you, but you just have to trust your gut instinct and ignore the ‘rational’  thinking at times. It won’t always be easy and by living this way you will make mistakes, but these mistakes are key learning points. Never, ever look at a bad experience as a negative thing, these times are what makes you stronger, and what makes you grow. Things will scare you.. A LOT! But you are a tough cookie and love a challenge, so you will push yourself to do these things, because you know it will make you grow in confidence. You will always enjoy the experience, so never ever not do something because you are scared.

Your life will be abundant with highs but there will be lows…. and they aren’t great. There will be loss, heartaches, frustration, confusion and self loathing. This will be caused by a number of things, but no matter how lost or confused you feel about your life, trust that this stage is only temporary and that you need to go through the fog to get to the light.  When the time is ready it will all suddenly make sense and  you will realize that everything you have been doing is all part of your journey. You will look back one day and will be amazed by how mapped out everything has been. You will see signs throughout your life, do not shrug these off as coincidences, take note and keep following that heart of yours.

As a 38 year old woman I still have much growing to do but these guidelines have been key to my journey so far and I try my best to live my life by them.

Listen to your heart
Do not let others views cloud your judgement, only you will know what is the right thing to do. By all means listen to advice and take other peoples views on board, but at the end of the day let your heart make that final decision.

Learn to love yourself
You will have a lot of insecurities to deal with, but it is so key to learn to love yourself. Once this has been done you will find that everything is suddenly so much better  and you will find true inner peace. The older you get, the less you will care about how others view you and this is key to your development.

Learn to let go of negativity
Most of this is caused by you over thinking situations that don’t even exist. Yes there will be times when it is clear that there is an issue, but the best thing you can do is to let go of all these negative feelings. Learn to only focus on the good in people, ignore the niggly traits. You cannot change anyone so learn to love people for who they are and simply let go. If things do not improve then it is time to step back from these situations. Do not let others negativity get in the way of your happiness.

Stop worrying about the what ifs and the past, they do not exist. You cannot change anything that has been done nor can you predict the future so live for the now!

Love everyone with all of your heart
You have a big heart Nean and it confuses you at times, but just have faith in the fact that you are meant to love people. The need to help and care has a purpose for you and that will become clear later on in life. You have always known that a part of your jigsaw was missing  and it takes much self discovery to finally know what it is. When you do, you will feel complete.

Be Grateful
Be thankful everyday for all the good things in your life, you have so much to be thankful for, always remember that.

Work hard and never give up.
Keep working towards your goals no matter what life throws at you. Even if it is only a small step forward, all the baby steps will get you closer to where you want to go. Don’t ever give up and don’t stop loving what you do. As soon as the love goes away then it is time to rethink things and to step back. Take time out to take care of yourself and find the love again, when it has returned everything will flow perfectly.

Be kind to others
It is simple but so true, by making others happy it will make you happy.

Meditate and tap into energy healing!
A bit random but this will be the key to your self discovery and will give you that missing piece of the puzzle. I will go into more detail about this in next weeks blog. You have been warned ha ha.

Believe in yourself Nean, you know in your heart what you need to do, so keep following that path and the rest will take care of itself. Try not to get too frustrated, take one day at a time and have faith. Love every day of your life like it was your last, love life, love people, love nature and most importantly love you!


Thanks for stopping. For more letters to a younger self, visit these #Gr8blogs today.

Auden Johnson, Dark Treasury

Cat Michaels, on Cat’sCorner

How a Forgotten Journal Helped Me Move Beyond a Painful Past

Cat shares excerpts from a journal written by her painfully insecure 15-yo self to OlderDarlin’ --- the adult she wished to become and hoped she would do proud.

Julie Gorges, Baby-Boomer Bliss

Leigh Shearin, Leigh Shearin,Writer


On 1 February, two more #Gr8blogs share their letters to a younger self:

Carmela Dutra, A Blog for Your Thoughts

Karen Emma Hall, Kid LiteratureBlogspot

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Inspirational Spotlight - Celebrating the new release of Patrick S Brook's first novel Deathcat Sally

Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone had an enjoyable festive break and are all bright eyed and bushy tailed ready to tackle the new year ahead. My break was quite an eye opener and I have had what can only be described as an awakening. I shall be letting you all in to my new outlook on life soon enough, I am still getting my head around it all, but I can honestly say I have never felt so uplifted and at peace with myself. I feel like I should be living in one of Patrick’s illustrations he he. His latest colour collective piece above is very fitting!

Anyway enough nutty ramblings, I have plenty of time to weird you all out over the course of 2016 ha ha.

Let’s get down to business. I can’t think of a better blog post to kick the new year off than with celebrating the new release of the super talented Patrick S Brooks first book release “Deathcat Sally” released on January the 21st 2016. 

I was lucky enough to read this on my holidays at the beginning of 2015 and I couldn’t put the book down. As soon as I came home I started reading it to my 11 year old son Dylan and he loved it too.  I have a huge soft spot for the main character, Zachary the cat. He has got a wicked sense of humour and I have well and truly fallen in love with the little fur ball. Really hoping it is not the last we see of Zachary.

If I were asked to describe this book in a simple sentence, it would be  “a Clive Barker for the younger reader, thrilling, captivating, funny and a little gruesome”… a winning combo in my eyes.

I have been following Patrick’s work for just over a year now and had a gut feeling that there was more to him than meets the eye. Not only is he a gifted artist but boy can the man write! On top of this he is one of the nicest people I have come across. So I wanted Patrick to tell us all a bit more about his work and his hopes and dreams. So without further ado I give you the genius that is Patrick S Brooks.......

Tell us a little about yourself and your background.

I’ve been drawing and illustrating since I was a child and was creatively inspired by Western and Eastern cartoons and animated films. Early favourites included ‘Kimba the White Lion’, ‘Thundercats’, ‘Battle of the Planets’, ‘The Real Ghostbusters’ and numerous Disney and Warner Bros titles. My Grandfather Brooks was a painter who specialised in oils and acrylics, so I was artistically inspired by his work also.

                             What were your favourite subjects at school?

Art and English were my favourite subjects – from an early age I would draw characters from Disney and Warner Bros shows and films. I studied Art through GCSE, A Level, Diploma and Degree. It was in High School that I began using pastels and found I particularly enjoyed using them. I started using Photoshop in college for my Diploma and have used it ever since.

How would you describe yourself as a child?

I enjoyed escaping into fantasy worlds through animation and films and particularly liked the original Star Wars trilogy and Ghostbusters. I would write and illustrate my own stories about them with my older sister. I was never really into playing sports or following football like many other children, I preferred to watch cartoons and fantasy/sci-fi films and play Sega Master System games such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Wonderboy. The style of early video games also inspired me and introduced me further to anime.

You are an author and illustrator, do you enjoy both equally as much? Did you always want to be both or did it just naturally happen?

I always liked creating characters and writing stories, but primarily focused on illustration for a while. It wasn’t until I suffered from a nerve injury in my neck in 2010 that I fully focused on writing – mainly because I could no longer illustrate as the injury affected my right hand.  

DeathCat Sally is your first book to be released in the big wide world. Can you tell the readers what the book is about and where the concept came from.

Deathcat Sally was inspired by a lucid dream I had on 7th January 2011. I’d been struggling with the nerve entrapment since the previous September and was on a cocktail of neuropathic medication and painkillers. As I could no longer illustrate, I spent more time at the local RSPCA looking after a large group of cats. This combined with the severe neuralgia down my right side likely led to the dream I had. In the dream, a female teacher who had knocked over a cat later found that half of his talking spirit was fused to her shoulder. When I woke, I immediately started scribbling notes down and then turned on my computer and started typing.

The book follows a 17 year old teaching assistant called Sally Rancher who accidentally knocks over a cat named Zachary with her car while rushing home. Trying to help, she is hit by another vehicle and is comatose. When she wakes, she finds that half of Zachary’s talking spirit is fused to her shoulder. Sally finds she can communicate with other animals and that both Zachary and her keep being pulled into a dark place called ‘No Man’s Land’ – a realm of lost animal spirits. Together they must find a way to separate and uncover the reasons why they are bound together.

How long did it take to complete the book and what has been the most challenging aspect to date?

It’s taken nearly five years to complete the book and it has altered quite a lot during the writing process. Originally, Sally was older and the novel was approx 133,000 words. Based on feedback from editors and proofreaders, I cut 44,000 words to get it to a more streamlined 89,000 words. Several characters and subplots were cut, but I feel this helped with the pacing of the story.
Originally the story was far more adult based – Zachary used excess profanity and there was more violence and gore. Due to feedback from others, I found that aiming the book at a young adult readerbase would suit the story better. Much of the dialogue had to be changed and the violence toned down to a more 12A movie certificate level.

Another challenging part was incorporating the changes from the publisher’s external proofreader and keeping track of everything through Track Changes in Word. Perhaps strangely for a writer, I have a form of visual dyslexia called Irlen’s Syndrome, which means I struggle to read large blocks of text in certain fonts due to severe migraines and visual disturbances. For me to be able to read extensive amounts of text, I require a pink coloured overlay and have to convert type into a handwritten font and increase the line spacing. Any time I get an email for example, I have to copy/paste into Word and convert the font/line spacing. There are some instances where this cannot always be done (for example scanned documents with proofreader notes).
I think overall finding how the publishing process works and having some things be very different to preconceptions was also challenging and a steep learning curve.

The options of getting a book out there is so vast these days. What route did you decide to take with Death Cat Sally and why?

I didn’t feel confident enough to self publish on Kindle for example – as Deathcat Sally is my first full novel, I knew I had to get more external feedback on the story and see how others were responding to it. Although it can’t be considered a mainstream release, I feel as though due to the external comments from editors, proofreaders, writers’ groups and associates I have become a better writer and know what things to watch out for when writing and submitting my next novel. My second book is called ‘Cyborg Critters’ – a young adult sci-fi/horror following an escaped bionic guinea pig, rabbit and ferret. I’ll be approaching agents and publishers this year when it’s ready and hope to make it into the mainstream. There’s potential for a Cyborg Critters trilogy, but the first book will also work as a self-contained novel.   

The publishing industry seems to be a bottomless pit of things to learn, I feel like I have only just scratched the surface with it all. Do you have any top tips or has there been incidents that have opened your eyes to the whole publishing industry?   

It is a minefield out there and you just have to learn from experience. I would recommend to fully research agents and publishers who specialise in the genre your novel is in. I’ve had a few horror stories with the industry - projects being cancelled, publishers going into administration etc, and unfortunately sometimes there are some things you can’t prepare for. Unless you get very lucky, getting a major bestseller with your first novel is going to be tricky, but although it is an incredibly steep learning curve, you will learn. If you persevere and believe you can accomplish something worthwhile that resonates with readers, then don’t let anyone dissuade you. That isn’t to say you shouldn’t be open to constructive criticism and comments that will help you improve your characters and story. If you want to be a writer, then dealing with and taking on board the feedback from others is essential – it’s not always easy to hear, but it might just help you improve in the long run.

How will you be marketing the book?

I designed and printed my own marketing and promotional materials. In my marketing packs are bookmarks, badges, postcards, toy cats etc. I’ve had banner stands printed and bought a cat puppet for any potential book signings/events. I’ve also hired an external marketing company to assist with contacting reviewers/bloggers to try to get the book more exposure. I need all the help I can get with the book really! I have no idea how successful the book will be, but as far as the marketing aspect goes, this is my test run to see what works and what doesn’t. Wish me luck! I hope those that read Deathcat Sally will pass the book on and recommend it to others as I think this is how the book will find its readerbase. I’m also intending to send copies to animal welfare and conservation charities/groups, libraries and schools/colleges.

What’s your views on social media for marketing and which social network worked best for you?

I’ve found Twitter incredibly helpful since I started using it just over a year ago. Primarily it’s helped me connect with other illustrators and writers and through the illustration group Colour Collective has allowed me to improve as an illustrator, gain exposure and secure representation by Advocate Art. I prefer Twitter to Facebook, which I’ve only just started using, but also see the potential to gain exposure through the Artist, Illustrator and Writers’ groups. 

One of the things I love about you is that you are a compassionate soul and like most creatives want to make the world a better place somehow. Can you tell us what your dream / purpose is with the book and future creations of yours.

Thanks! For Deathcat Sally I’d like to think it could raise awareness in young adults and older readers about animal welfare and conservation. I didn’t set out to write a lecture or have a preachy agenda, but aimed to create non human characters that the reader could empathise with. It also deals with mental health issues and is partly an allegory about Bipolar Disorder. I think it’s a very long road ahead with Deathcat Sally, but I’d love to see it as an animated or live action film one day. For my children’s illustration work I’m aiming to get picture books published and hope that my work brightens up the reader/viewer’s day. 

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Don’t give up! No matter how bad or hopeless things get, never quit. Have faith and hold onto the hope that things will get better.

Now going into what drew me to you originally.. your illustrations. As we know, big fan here he he. You create a whole new world with your illustrations, an ethereal world which both animals and humans would forever be at peace. Can you tell us where you get your inspiration from. Have you always created these worlds or is it something that evolved over time?

I think the human/animal scenes have evolved over time. As mentioned, I watched a lot of animated shows and films when I was young (still do!) and many have anthropomorphic animals. Most animated creatures from shows and films have human personalities, so you have more empathy for them. I think most of my illustrations have a dreamlike feel to them, I suppose some could be considered idyllic – where humans and animals co-exist peacefully, but I think this is part of the ethereal nature of much of my work. As a child, I was shielded from the harsh reality and raw brutality of nature, as perhaps many children are. Maybe some of my illustration work is in a way, capturing a glimpse of that innocent state of being. Deathcat Sally presents a reality where animals communicate with one another and have unique personalities and talk as people would. Cyborg Critters is set in a world where, aside from the cybernetically enhanced mammals, animals do not have human-like personalities and do not communicate with one another beyond basic natural instincts. Growing up and in popular culture, it’s clear that the natural world is so inspiring in the creation of captivating non-human characters.

I think another reason your work stands out to me is the story telling within. Illustrators are good at telling stories with their work, that’s what we are here to do after all, but your illustrations to me seem to have something extra, like a hidden meaning. Are there any hidden meanings lurking about in the background or am I just being weird ha ha

I’m very glad you think so! I always like to try to include a narrative in my illustration work and sometimes leave it open to the viewer’s interpretation. I try to convey a sense of fun in some of my illustration, while in others I try to convey a sense of wonder and discovery. I think some of my illustrations focus on being in awe of the natural world and the concept of the spiritual. Light, and the Sun/stars are often in my scenes – I like including these as to me they represent the beauty of life and the vastness of creation. Many times I try to have a sense of warmth from the Sun in my illustrations. I think having celestial elements prominent is about searching for meaning and answers too, whether that is through faith and the belief in a higher power, meditation, or learning about the natural order of the world and why the universe is as it is.    

Can you give us a brief step by step outline of the process behind your illustrations. Do you still use traditional methods with your work now?

I primarily work in Photoshop now and use custom pastel and paint brushes. I still use scanned traditional paint and pastel textures too though. I use a Wacom tablet for all my work. For most of my children’s illustrations I create the sky/background elements first. I usually start throwing down different colours and textures into Photoshop and experiment with the layer opacity and layer properties to get the colour tones that I want to use. When I have a good idea of the environment, I start planning the composition of where the characters need to be. Sometimes where they begin is not where they end up, other times I might start with one creature, then decide another would work better in the scene. The images are built up gradually in many layers in Photoshop and I use the custom pastel, paint and canvas brushes to create texture, giving the images a more traditional media feel.

For budding illustrators out there, what methods have you found to be the best way of marketing your artwork and getting people to notice you?

I think Twitter has helped me enormously to get feedback from other illustrators and writers. It’s also helped a great deal as I’ve become inspired by so many talented illustrators on Twitter. Becoming a regular contributor to illustrator groups is also an excellent way of getting more exposure. Initially, I started with Daily Doodles and Sketch Dailies, but then focused completely on Colour Collective. I like to try to support other illustrators by Retweeting and Liking their work and it’s important to regularly upload your illustrations onto social media. It’s incredibly competitive out there and you have to persevere and maintain a strong online presence with increasing and improving your portfolio.

Where would you like to see yourself in say five years time?

I’d like to have picture books and at least one novel in mainstream publication. My dream is to have Deathcat Sally or Cyborg Critters (or both!) made into good animated or live action films one day. 

Now the most important question, where can we get our hands on a copy of DeathCat Sally?

Deathcat Sally is available to buy from 21st January – please have a look!
It’s probably going to be a very long time before I make any kind of personal profits from book royalties, but if I do I’d like to donate percentages to animal welfare and conservation charities. In the meantime, I’ve become a sponsor for Cats Protection and hope to increase awareness of their work.
Thanks very much for the questions and all the best for 2016!

Thank you so much Patrick, I really enjoyed learning more about you and your work and I absolutely cannot wait to get a copy.

If you would like to follow Patrick's work then here are all the appropriate links:

Twitter: @P_S_Brooks

I would like to end the post with one of Patrick's prints that I cherish. He included my little Pip and Squeak from Animania. One of my highlights from 2015....