Scot Johanna Basford is credited with starting the adult colouring book craze, with her books selling in the millions and regularly topping bestseller lists internationally. She’s just released The Lost Ocean, the third in her series which started with The Secret Garden and The Enchanted Forest. Johanna started out as an illustrator, now she spends every day drawing – and sometimes colouring in her work – and communicating with her avid fans. Her books are detailed and tell a story, with tiny objects hidden in the drawings for colourers to discover. While she got things rolling, there are now hundreds of books flooding the marketing, from wildlife and mandalas, to Colour My Boobs and Colour My Jesus.
Lynn Freeman calls Joanna Basford at her home in Scotland.