Competition time!


Sally Tinker (the world’s foremost inventor under twelve) and I (some dude) have made ourselves a YouTube channel!

It’s called ‘STinker Tube’ and it’s where you’ll find funny extra stuff to go with the STinker Inc graphic novels.

If you subscribe to our channel before June 15th, you’ll go in the draw to win the first ever copy of the next STinker Inc graphic novel, GASTRONAUTS!

You can watch our first video below – but don’t forget, you need to subscribe to the channel to go in the draw. To do that, head over to see the video at Youtube by clicking here , then click the subscribe button.

Good luck!

– James

FAQ: How did you get into books?

The Last Viking book launch, June 24th, 2011. (L-R) Norman, James, Kris Williams, our editor Cate Sutherland, and Director of the Children's Literature Centre Lesley Reece
The Last Viking book launch, June 24th, 2011. (L-R) Norman, James, Kris Williams, our editor Cate Sutherland, and Director of the Children’s Literature Centre Lesley Reece

To the pre-published, the children’s book industry can seem like a secret club. How do you get to be one of those people on the inside, who have their stories and illustrations published professionally? It’s something I get asked a lot.

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Seriously Spooky Month: Guest Post – James Foley

Here’s a post I wrote for Zac over at ‘My Best Friends Are Books’, talking about how I designed Bradley the zombie bunny.

My Best Friends Are Books


Bringing My Dead Bunny to life – James Foley


I have never owned a rabbit, let alone a zombified one, so when I began working on ‘My Dead Bunny’ I had no idea how to approach the character of Bunny Brad. I knew plenty about zombies, having watched all of the Walking Dead and the original Romero film Night of The Living Dead; but I didn’t know how to draw a decent rabbit (or, as this book required, an indecent one).

In addition, I wasn’t sure what illustration style would suit the book; in the first few pages I needed to show a live rabbit being electrocuted, then coming back as a zombie, and I needed to accomplish this without making the audience want to stop reading, close the book, and burn it immediately. As you would expect, it was a challenge bringing a dead bunny to life.

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Interviews and articles

Hi everyone,

Its a windy, wet Sunday, so I’m inside giving my website a spring (winter) clean. I’m making a few tweaks to hopefully improve it’s usability.

One new feature is a Teachers’ section, where all my teacher notes and classroom resources are listed and linked on the one page.

I’m also getting rid of a page I used to called Media – an archive of newspaper articles, interviews and videos. I’m putting them into blog posts (like this one) instead.

Here’s a list of past interviews and articles, saved here for easy access – mostly for myself, to be honest, so that I have an archive – but also in case you have a school project that requires you to do some research.


July 2014: Creating Superheroes. Armadale Examiner, front page photo.

July 2013: Look At My Desk, feature on the blog of author Chris Cheng.

May 2013: an interview with and another on Rebecca Newman’s Alphabet Soup blog.

November 2012: Storyteller draws the big picture by Heather Zubek from The West Australian.

August 2012: Imaginations flexed with Foley – front-page article for the Kalgoorlie Miner.

August 2012: radio interview with Lorraine Horsley from ABC Goldfields.

August 2012: Stories of talented WA duos by Heather Zubek from The West Australian.

July 2012: an interview for Australian online bookstore, Booktopia: ‘Ten Terrifying Questions’.

April 2012: Peter Jeffery from 95.3fm interviewed myself and fellow Perth artist Sean E Avery about making a living as children’s book illustrators. Click below to hear the interview (Audio courtesy of The World of Art, 6EBA 95.3fm World Radio, Perth, Western Australia)

June 2011: Vikings triumph in battle of bullies by Heather Zubek from The West Australian.

June 2011: Vikings takeover Tranby Primary School (Western Australian Department of Education e-newsletter)

September 2010: Norman Jorgensen and James Foley talk ‘The Last Viking’.

Interview of 95.3fm, Perth World Radio

Yesterday, Peter Jeffery from 95.3fm interviewed myself and talented fellow Perth artist Sean E Avery about making a living as children’s book illustrators. Click the play button below left to hear the interview.

Audio courtesy of The World of Art, 6EBA 95.3fm World Radio (Perth, Western Australia)