What I offer
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. Every half-term three books are published on their website in weekly chapters. Each chapter ends in a cliffhanger with three options for how the story should continue. Pupils vote on their preferred option, and the author then writes the next chapter based on the winning vote. There’s an author forum where they can correspond with the author, and a comprehension quiz published with every chapter.
My workshops will 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. I offer up to four workshops on the day for £500. This price includes free access to the Fiction Express platform for two months, consisting of 3 live books for reading ages 6+, 8+ and 10+ plus access to over 85 additional books by an unlimited amount of users (valued at more than £300).
In general, I very much enjoy visiting schools, giving talks and running workshops in creative writing. I can work with children of any age, but specialise in Years 5 to 8. I talk about my experience as an author and how I go about planning, researching and writing my books. With my background in publishing, I am ideally suited to explaining the whole process of how books are made, from initial ideas to printed pages. In the workshops I try to equip children with valuable tools to help them create exciting stories of their own. I can also offer talks and workshops that link to curriculum topics in history, science and geography.
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.