The Great Big Surprise

The Great Big Surprise (released February 10th, 2018)

It took eleven years to retell the story of how the world began. Forty-four re-writes. Twenty-seven rejections from publishers. It started as part of a series in a toddler church I led. It continued its journey into four primary schools where I led RE assemblies for seven years. Now it is here, tried and tested, loved and shared.

And thanks to a wonderful publisher – Sarah Grace Publishing at 

The story –

Tessie asks a question, “Dad, who made the earth?”

Her dad opens a Bible. He tells about how the world began, and about a Great Big Surprise. But Tessie’s dad doesn’t explain about the surprise. Tessie must find out for herself.


My sister-in-law and I worked on this book. I wrote the words, Jess drew the illustrations. Here is a bit about us.

My husband and I work with the Navigators, a Christian charity. I also have a degree in Religious Education and have led many children events and conferences. Now I coordinate a publishing team, and write for children and adults.

Jess and her husband minister in the Anglican Church, Jess as an Authorized Lay Minister in Children’s Work. She also did A-level Art and has an HND in agriculture. For a while she ran her own gardening business. “The Great Big Surprise” is her first illustrated book.