I fell in love with mythology when, aged nine, I stumbled across a book of Greek myth in my local library. I all-but wore the book out with reading it and it eventually had to be prised out my hands. It's no surprise, then, that when I started writing, I jumped joyfully into the many worlds of legend. My books are a mash-up of mismatched myths, shot through with humour and held together by a love of story.
I love visiting schools and libraries to mix up new stories. My visits are fun and highly interactive, using props, costumes and storytelling games. I'm based in South Wales, but I am happy to travel anywhere. If an in-person visit isn't possible, I can visit virtually via the wonders of modern technology.
What's it like being an author? How do you write a book and get it published? Find out where stories come from and how books are made.
Here are my three most popular workshops. I can also create bespoke workshops using a variety of writing and storytelling games to get ideas flowing.
Heroes and Villains: Learn how to create characters who will leap off the page. Use your characters' flaws and problems to create story ideas and pit heroes against villains in epic battles.
Imaginary Worlds: Create your own island, complete with map. Fill it with fabulous creatures and deadly perils for your heroes to explore.
Write your own fairy tale: Having trouble with your beginnings, middles and ends? Learn how to use the characters and plots of well-known fairy tales to write your own original stories.
Want to know how the publishing industry works, or need some help polishing up your story? I can offer anything from single 1 hour talks to a full weekend of workshops.
With modern technology, you're never far from an author. I can do a fifteen minute Q&A, or a longer session including a talk, some creative writing prompts and a lightning-fast guide to the world of publishing.
"The children really enjoyed your visit. They were so excited to meet you. Some of my class have brought in books yesterday and today from home to read. I know you have really inspired them. Once again many thanks for coming into school. It was an amazing experience." Penygarn School, Pontypool.
"Thank you so much for a truly wonderful day. The feedback I have had from my colleagues has all been absolutely glowing and the children haven’t stopped talking about what a fantastic time they had." Blackheath Prep School, London.