I’ve worked as a journalist since I was 18 when I got a job as a messenger girl at the Jewish Chronicle. Now I work there again, as Features Editor. But I’ve done a lot of things in between.
I’ve been a reporter, a political correspondent, a news editor, a comment editor, feature writer and in Amsterdam I was editor in chief for a photographic agency. I worked for The Independent for many years, and have also written for many other national newspapers and magazines.
I grew up in Welwyn Garden City and have lived in London, Glasgow and Amsterdam. In 2007 my family moved back to London after eight years in the Netherlands and I decided to try to write a book.
I signed up for a course in Writing for Children at City University which was tutored by Amanda Swift. I got the idea of writing a book about a boy in witness protection, and roughed out a story during a plot-planning exercise in class. That story became my first book When I Was Joe, and eventually a trilogy (with Almost True and Another Life.)
I’m adapting my book, Lia’s Guide to Winning the Lottery into a musical, working with Perfect Pitch, Paul Herbert and Lesley Ross.
I’ve written eight YA books:
The ‘Joe’ Trilogy – When I was Joe (2010), Almost True (2010)and Another Life (2012)
Lia’s Guide to Winning the Lottery (2011)
This is not a Love Story (2015)
The Liar’s Handbook (2017)
and my next one, Stranger, will be published in January 2018.
I live in London with my husband, my kids (pretty grown up now) and our two cats Wilbur and Dexter. This is one of them…they look very similar. They belonged to our neighbour, but she had to move to a flat where she couldn’t have cats so we adopted them to keep them together.