All about me!
I was born in 1962 in Coventry (scarily ancient, I know). I wrote my first picture book for my little brother when I was eight or nine. I loved making comics, too - pages and pages of picture stories, features and competitions. I'd sell my homemade comic to a friend for 5p, then claim it back and sell it again to someone else,they didn't have photocopiers back then!
I went to Art College in Liverpool, then got a job as fiction editor on the fab and legendary Jackie magazine. For 12 years I was the agony aunt for teen mag Shout, as well as teaching art in several local primary schools, but these days the books are taking up pretty much all of my time and attention. Later, I married my boyfriend Liam, went back to college and trained to be an art teacher. I taught in a Coventry secondary school for a few years, which I loved, then moved to Scotland with Liam to start a family.
My kids are teenagers now, and the four of us live in a cottage in the Galloway hills with sheep and cows for neighbours.
I've been veggie for 35 years, and was vegan for 8 of them - a chocolate-eating vegan, like Storm! I love old clothes, old toys, cars, books. We have two dogs called Kelpie & Finn, two cats called Pickle & Pepper and a one-eyed rabbit, Snowy!
I love my family, I love living in the middle of nowhere and I love my work. Of all my jobs, writing has to be the best - it's the perfect excuse to daydream, after all!
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Fave childhood reads....
The Narnia books by CS Lewis
The Swallows and Amazons books by Arthur Ransome
The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Fave reads now!!!! (non-fiction)
Think Pink by Lisa Clark... a fab, cool, go-for-it guide-to-life for young teens.
For younger teens...
The Weight Of Water by Sarah Crossan.
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
The Misfits by James Howe
Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
Love, Aubrey by Suzanne La Fleur
Once & Then by Morris Gleitzman
Check out Michelle Magorian, Michael Morpurgo & Gennifer Choldenko, too....
For older teens.....
Solace of The Road by Siobhan Dowd
Delerium by Lauren Oliver
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
You Don't Know Me by David Klass
Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine
Check out Jaclyn Moriarty, David Leviathan & Kevin Brooks, too...
If you like my books, you might like...
Seriously Sassy by Maggi Gibson
Threads by Sophia Bennett
Glitter by Kate Maryon
Life, Death and Gold Leather Trousers by Fiona Foden
and check out Kate Maryon, Karen McCombie and Tamsyn Murray too.
For older readers, try...
Wonderland by Joanna Nadin
Being Billy by Phil Earle
Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen
Moss green, but I wear a lot of black, too!
Echo & The Bunnymen
Red Hot Chillis
Belle & Sebastian
(plus a million others, old & new...)
Fave things to do...
Read, write, daydream....
Swim, walk, eat cake with friends...
Hang out in my tepee on summer nights