Marianne Su Yin and Spike the Dog on the beach on the Isle of Wight, with a crab.

welcome to the website of children’s author and illustrator marianne su yin PLUS spike & MILO her dogS.

book launch for 2018!

We have some very exciting plans to share with you as Marianne’s next book, ‘On the Trail of the Queen’s Jewels’, is due for release this Spring. In the second of her ‘On the Trail’ mystery in history series Violet and Spike once again find themselves back in an adventure in time.

Arriving at Osborne House, the summer home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on the Isle of Wight from the late 1840’s, they discover that the Queen’s jewels are going missing. It’s up to the daring duo to find the thief and catch them so they can safely return home for tea!

meet milo our newest pack member

We would also like to introduce you to Milo, Spike’s new fur bro. He’s about one and is a rescue from Cyprus. Small, ginger, cheeky and full of cuddles. Thankfully he likes running and playing so Spike is happy!


Over the festive period Marianne has also been very busy creating a new collection of greetings cards and gifts featuring all sorts of dogs with plenty of new faces being added for 2018, as modelled here by Spike. Click HERE to shop.

Spike’s t-shirts & accessories

Spike is very excited to announced that dog and Vizsla lovers can now buy his range of T Shirts & Tops online through his Trotting Dog store! His fur mom has created some fun doggy designs for kids and grown ups. Visit www.trottingdog.teemill.com and tell us what you think!

isle of wight literary festival sat 14 – sun 15 oct

Marianne will be at the Red Funnel Isle of Wight Literary Festival Youth Zone in Cowes over the weekend. She will be hosting two FREE workshops where she will be reading and running activities for children.

You can also meet Marianne at the Festival for an exclusive first sneak peek at the manuscript for her next book. Children aged up to 12 are welcome to read and review her book with a selection of reviews being chosen to be featured in the book itself! Just come along to the Youth Zone over the weekend and say hello.

‘On the Trail of the Queen’s Jewels’ is the second mystery in history for Violet and Spike. Set at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight it’s Queen Victoria’s birthday and her jewellery has been stolen! Do they find the thief and return the items before the Queen finds out? Join Violet and Spike on another exciting adventure in time where they are joined by the Queen’s servants and Prince Albert himself on a chaotic chase through the royal residence!

IWLF youth zone free workshops reserve your place here!

Saturday 14th October 11:00 – 11:45 in the Youth Zone Imagine Yurt
Book reading followed by colouring and puzzles
For children ages 5-8

Sunday 15th October 16:00 – 16:45
Book reading accompanied by a performance from Ryde School Drama students
Followed by a ‘Make Do and Mend–First Sewing Steps’ workshop
For children aged 8+

listen to mariannE live on vectis radio

Curious to hear what Marianne has to say about writing and life on the Isle of Wight ? Then click HERE to listen to her recent live interview and book reading with Kevin Wilson on Vectis Radio.

end of term schools visits

Rounding up her last set of schools visits before the summer holidays Marianne was delighted to be asked to visit a local weekly get together for home-educated children.

Co-ordinator Jackie said this:

” We had a great visit from Marianne to our kids’ social group today. The children were transfixed by the story of Violet & Spike and their ‘Mystery in History,’ as they travel through 1940’s war-torn London, looking for missing pets. The book is written in rhyme and fast-paced and gripping from start to finish. It’s beautifully produced, with lovely illustrations.

After reading the story, Marianne handed out some sheets with word-searches, quizzes and spot-the-difference. Then followed some sewing-on of buttons, which were stored in a chamber pot! Meanwhile, we were entertained by some 1940’s songs on vinyl – giving the whole experience an authentic, back-in-time feel. We are all looking forward to her next visit.”


On the Trail is written for 6-12 year olds so Marianne jumped at the chance of having her book officially reviewed by a children’s blogger on his site What Luke Did Next. You can read what he says HERE and find out exactly what he thought!

officially LAUNCHed!


Live music, Lindy Hop dancers and a special appearance by Spike the dog for pawtographs all featured in the launch of ‘On the Trail of the Missing Pets’ recently on the Isle of Wight. Throughout the day Marianne was joined by Isle of Wight based children’s author and illustrator Zoe Sadler for readings and book signings. Read more HERE.

children’s bookS

Marianne writes and illustrates children’s books specialising in short stories and poems with a hint of history. Her first book ‘On the Trail of the Missing Pets’ follows the adventure of Violet Vintage and her dog Spike as they unexpectedly arrive in 1940’s London during the Second World War. Featuring a story for all to enjoy written in rhyming verse it also has fabulous fact boxes at the back to help learn a bit more about WW2 and life at the time.

Available in paperback £7.99 and limited first cover edition hardback £12.99 through her SHOP. Ships worldwide.  The Isle of Wight is her home along with her two boys  and real dog Spike the Vizsla. Find him on Instagram @spikethevizsla.

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VINTAGE dressmaking

Vintage style and sewing have been lifelong passions, so in 2010 Marianne decided to combine the two through her business Hubba Hubba Vintage. Her vintage inspired bespoke gowns have been featured in Country Living and Vintage Life Magazine alongside other national and local publications.

Hubba Hubba 30s Vintage Dress 'Josephine)

vintage dressmaking sewing

vintage fashion dressmaking isle of wight