Chrissie Daines

Hello, I’m Chrissie. I’m thrilled to have another opportunity to feature at the Herts Book Festival. There was an amazing vibe last year and some fabulous writers, all with a local connection. 

Originally from London, I’ve lived in the region for twenty plus years. I’m a retired civil servant with a creative instinct and a passion for wildlife and gardening. I enjoy escapism, as reflected in my creations. I’ve previously dressed as an elf at events to promote my Christmas story. Elves are sublime creators, instinctively imagining and conjuring up glorious gifts for young and old alike. I, too, strive to craft inclusive, meaningful and ultimately joyful delights through my words and art. 

Edward and the Christmas Grumps is a surprisingly joyful adventure in the kingdom of Santarctica. Edward and his big sister Jill play a magical game using Archie the Advent calendar with enchanted gifts. But, to win, and save Christmas, they must outwit malevolent General Grump and his band of dimwit grumps.

The story is aimed at middle-grade but is popular with other children and adults. New this year is a deluxe hardback colour edition showcasing my own watercolour illustrations. Also on show will be a stop-motion video of The Grump Grumble song from the tale. The video’s diorama and models are especially popular. I’m delighted by the book’s reception and reviews. It’s a LoveReadingKids festive recommendation, is endorsed by Kirkus Reviews and a Mom’s Choice Gold Award winner in the USA. 

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Discover more at, including an emerging sequel and details of my previous Hertfordshire based novel and screenplay, The Earth Emperor’s Eye