Lucy Magicmaker

About Lucy Magicmaker

Lucy Magicmaker was born in Totnes in The South Hams in South Devon in 1967. Born Devonian, but Ancestrally Cornish, she has a strong bond to the energy and landscape of The West Country of Great Britain. After spending many years of her life working for American Corporations, she returned to Devon & Cornwall with a strong belief that "less might well be more ?" Sitting down at her kitchen table, she has slowly, but steadily, built a miniature mouse-sized company she can call her own. Quietly, she's becoming a writer and illustrator. With a firm belief that "You make it happen ! You make your wishes come true !", her new life has begun ...

The Story of Marmalade the Mouse and His Jammy Adventure is the first book in Marmalade the Mouse's Great Travel Series. First published in 2012, the Devon-based Adventure is set on the River Dart in South Devon, England. "This is where I was born. It helped enormously to set my first book in a place I know very well," said Lucy.

By 2013, Lucy was ready to write and illustrate the second book in Marmalade the Mouse's Great Travel Series. This second adventure is based in Cornwall, Lucy's ancestral homeland ... a place that is close to her heart. "The Cornish Adventure means so much to me. The story is dedicated to my ancestors, the Trewarthas of Gwithian, who've been living in Cornwall since records began," said Lucy. "This is the book that helped me realise I want to write HISTORY for children, but in a way, that the history is FUN !" Marmalade's great travel journey had officially begun.

After writing and illustrating the second book in the Great Travel Series, Lucy realised the illustrations of Marmalade the Mouse in The Cornish Adventure didn't look anything like the images of him in The Jammy Adventure. As Marmalade's focus on travel and history became more serious, outwardly and visually, Marmalade the Mouse was developing and growing as a character. Lucy's writing AND illustrating style was changing before her eyes. There was only one thing to do ... and that was to go back to the very beginning of the first book and start the entire series all over again, which would take at least a year, if not longer. "It's much harder to write and illustrate a SERIES, than a single book," said Lucy, in hindsight ...

By 2014-2015, Marmalade the Mouse had undergone a massive makeover. The first two books in The Great Travel Series were ready to form the building blocks for the rest of Marmalade's journey.  "It was hard work going back to the very beginning and starting all over again with a Second Edition Jammy Adventure, but it was worth it," said Lucy, who felt like she'd turned herself inside out in the process.

By 2016-2017, Lucy had drafted the third book in the Marmalade the Mouse Great Travel Series ... The London Adventure ... a 5,000 year history of London, set amidst a romping adventure, involving Marmalade and a very SPOILED royal corgi. "This is a very exciting book for me to write," said Lucy, who spent many years working in The City of London, a place close to her heart. "We're very happy with our books so far. The journey has been both demanding and thrilling. We're learning something new every single day, not just about the history of places we know and love, but where Marmalade the Mouse is headed, and what he hopes to achieve ... most importantly, how he hopes to inspire his readers. Our purpose is unraveling before our eyes," said Lucy. "But, most importantly, we love what we do," said Lucy. And with that, instead of launching The London Adventure, Lucy and Marmalade withdrew to quietly ponder the direction they would take, and the endless possibilities of the task ahead ...

In 2019, after a rest from book signing and events and PR, Lucy and Marmalade emerged with a clearer view of the future. It seemed Marmalade would not just write books about counties and regions of Great Britain. It was clear he would simply travel to wherever life took him. And with that, Lucy and Marmalade stepped back 400 years in time to board a ship called The Mayflower, as it set sail for NORTH AMERICA ! Marmalade's horizon's had broadened, and although The London Adventure sat ready to be released, it was clear that Marmalade's Pilgrim Mouse story would be published first ! Marmalade's journey through life is about to change ...

In the years to come, Lucy Magicmaker and Marmalade the Mouse hope to journey FAR and WIDE. For each country and place they visit, they hope to write a new hardback, watercolour-illustrated book. "We stuck to The West Country for the first two books. However, it's now safe to say, we're heading into the great unknown," said Lucy. "Who knows where our journey will take us ?" she pondered.

Lucy Magicmaker's message is ... "YOU make it happen ! YOU make your wish come true !"