Jo Franklin

Children's author

Available for:


Contact: Please email me at

Or phone on 07733 158209

5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2), 11-13 (Key stage 3)


Author appearances, school and library visits and festivals

I write funny, feel good stories for 7-12 year olds. I love to write about children who are not normally centre-stage like geeks, tomboys and misfits. 

Help I'm an Alien is the first book in a brand new series published by Troika Books.

I love to meet my readers and I'm able to come to schools and libraries to talk about my books, my writing and how I became an author.

My workshops are fun and interactive. They are based around my books so include themes of friendship and family as well as crazy inventions and wacky characters.  

Successful workshops include :

Where do you get your ideas from?
The question that all authors get asked. We generate ideas from scratch and decide which ones would make an interesting story.
Would you be friends with an alien?
Great for anti bullying week. I show pictures of various aliens (eg ET, Dr Who, Sontaran) and ask who they would most like to be friends with and why. This can lead to a creative writing exercise on what are the features of a true friend. 
What would you take to another planet?
Using mood boards and word clouds as a starting point, I ask everyone to imagine what they would write in a letter home if they were to move to a different planet. 

This can be extended, for older children, to a discussion about refugees fleeing from home in an emergency and being forced into making choices about what to take with them. 

I'm happy to visit schools and libraries all over the UK.

Feel free to contact me and ask questions about possible visits without feeling obliged to book me.
There are lots of details about me, my books and my mad dog on my website

Creative Writing Tutor

I am a creative writing tutor for children and adults. If you are looking for a creative writing tutor, please contact me.

New Commissions

I am always interested in commissioned work so if you are a publisher, a toy manufacturer or a charity looking for fiction to supplement your offer, please get in touch.

Literary Consultancy

When I am not writing my own books I help adults develop their own writing. Details of literacy consultancy are available on my website. I am also available for teaching creative writing to adults.

The first in my hilarious new series is published by Troika Books
Help I'm an Alien (isbn:9781909991293)
Daniel has always felt like he doesn't fit in. Now he knows why. He is an alien! With the help of his two friends,Freddo and Gordon the Geek, Dan tries to get back to his home planet but things don't go according to plan with disastrous consequences.
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The Bushcraft Kid (isbn:1783226005)
Harley lives in the City but is obsessed with TVs Mr Wilderness so he enters an exciting competition which gives him the opportunity to camp out in the wild.
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Society of Authors, NAWE - National Association of Writers in Education, SCBWI - Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, CWISL - Children's Writers and Illustrators in South London

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Book Type:
Fiction for children (any age), Fiction 5-9, Fiction 8-13

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