This month, writer and reviewer Philippa Francis shares her stationery passions with Anita Loughrey.

SCBWI member, Philippa Francis writes under the pseudonym K. M. Lockwood. In her writer reviews, she provides both a reader’s perspective and a writer’s view on what she has read recently. She mostly reviews and blogs about children’s books but with some older fantasy and other bits, like her Tales from The Garret, mixed in.

In an interview with Anita Loughrey, Philippa revealed she likes big journals and she cannot lie. She uses them to write longhand every day for ten minutes to get things going. She is a true stationery addict and has so many of these notebooks she has started indexing them.

She also regularly buys the little tidgy ones she can shove in a coat pocket, which she uses to scribble ideas down on the bus or train. She loves design and claims she can be easily seduced by something new and beautiful. Her favourite diary is the annual Mslexia Writers Diary because of all the quotations, prompts and blank pages at the back in case of emergencies. Philippa uses different coloured pens to organise her planning in it.

As part of her writing process, she uses the tiny pegs and ribbon to organise her scenes written on card. She prefers this to post-it notes - they do not keep curling up and falling off - but she can still move them around physically when she needs to.

This article is abridged from an original interview on the Papers Pens Poets blog. You can find out more about K. M. Lockwood (aka Philippa Francis) and her stationery there.

Papers Pens Poets is a blog where writers can share their passion for all things stationery. It is the brainchild of SCBWI member Jo Franklin and co-run by her and SCBWI’s membership coordinator, Anita Loughrey. The blog contains reviews, articles, and weekly interviews with a wide range of authors, covering books of all age ranges and genres.

If you are a published author or illustrator and would like to be featured on the Papers Pens Poets blog, please get in touch.

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