What I offer
I very much enjoy visiting schools, giving talks about creative writing. I tailor my talks to the needs of individual schools, and can speak to individual classes or entire year groups, as preferred. In these illustrated PowerPoint talks I explain how I became a writer and talk about the books I've written, about the inspiration behind them and how I researched and wrote them. I talk about my experience as an author and how I go about planning, researching and writing my books. I also offer advice about plotting, character creation, dialogue, atmosphere and other tools that writers use.
I am currently touring schools helping to turn the story creation process into a live event. I am doing this in partnership with Fiction Express –https://www.fictionexpress.co.uk/ – a book platform that connects students with professional authors, encouraging reading for pleasure through the fun co-creation of stories. The workshops involve a class reading of the latest chapter, a live vote, a comprehension quiz and a Q&A, concluding with personally signed book covers or print editions of my other Fiction Express titles. Please contact me for further details, including prices.
My career as an author
After years of working as an editor of children’s books, I decided in 2001 to start trying to write them myself. Since then I have written about 80 works of non-fiction and sixteen YA novels (six under a pseudonym), published by Salariya, Curious Fox, Badger and ReadZone. I have also written twelve stories for Fiction Express, online publishers of interactive stories for schools. My novel Aldo Moon and the Ghost of Gravewood Hall was one of Lovereading4kids’ books of the year in 2013, and my horror novel Soul Shadows has been shortlisted for the 2014 RED Book Award.
I am available for commissions, both fiction and non-fiction, for all age ranges from 9 upwards. I also write hi-lo fiction for reluctant readers.