Hollie and Figgs: the inspiration and the journey
Hollie is based on the author’s daughter Holly. Figgs is based on their cat Tiggs. When Annette’s daughter wasn’t well, she had an idea that that could boost her daughter’s confidence and help her feel better.
Annette had always been interested in children’s literature and would often read to her children and make up bedtime stories.
One day, Annette asked her daughter if she would like to draw some illustrations for a story she planned to write. Holly agreed and Annette proceeded to take an online course in writing stories for children.
This is when the idea of Hollie and Figgs was born.The main character Hollie had the same characteristics as Annette’s daughter Holly; loving, sensitive, with a vivid imagination and long fair hair. Figgs her cat represented Holly’s own cat Tiggs, grey with green eyes, very cute and ultra intelligent.
For Holly, drawing the illustrations was very therapeutic and extremely helpful at a difficult time. You can see some of Holly’s original drawings in our video below!