Round about the time my first book came out, Martyn Bedford wrote Flip – a YA novel about a boy who wakes up in the body of a stranger. I loved Flip, especially for the voice of the boy, funny, confused, angry, desperate, Martyn got him pitch perfect. Martyn’s got a new book out, Never […]
A sneak preview of the first chapter of Salvage here… Salvage extract Salvage is published January 16 2014.
The brilliant and dynamic YA author Keris Stainton has set up an auction to help the people of the Philippines after the devastating storm there (I suggested it, she’s doing ALL the work. I’m feeling guilty). The auction goes live tomorrow morning at 8am, new lots will go up throughout the week, there are already […]
Welcome to my new website, which has been created for me by my wonderful publishers, Atom. Next week is house-warming week, with posts and give-aways and some tasters of Salvage, and anything else I can think of. Check in Monday for more details.
As promised, some pictures from the production of Lia’s Guide to Winning the Lottery which was on at the Bridewell Theatre June 12 to 15. The production was pretty scary for me, as we haven’t had long to work on Lia, and all my friends and family were lining up to see it, but luckily […]
I’m very happy to be able to reveal the cover for my next book, Salvage, which will be published in hardback by Atom Books in January 2014 – only six months to wait! I adore this cover. It shows brother and sister Aidan and Cass, who haven’t seen each other for twelve years, since Cass […]
Some people get lucky on the lottery. I got lucky just over a year ago when I received an email from a guy called Andy Barnes. He runs Perfect Pitch, a company devoted to creating and supporting new musicals. ‘We were wondering if you’d ever thought of adapting your book Lia’s Guide to Winning the […]
(This post contains spoilers for When I Was Joe and Lia’s Guide to Winning the Lottery. Don’t read it if you haven’t read them!!!) I followed the ‘sick lit’ debate this week with great interest. It started in the Daily Mail with this article by Tanith Carey. Here’s an extract: While the Twilight series and […]
So, this week I’m taking part in the Next Big Thing meme which has been going around various writer’s blogs..and very interesting they’ve been too. I was tagged by Keris Stainton and Ruth Eastham and you can read their posts by clicking on their names. The idea is that we share a bit about the […]
I was always being told off as a child for day-dreaming. It’s not an activity that’s valued, especially at school.How wrong they were. It turns out that day-dreaming is one of the most important elements in writing fiction. The more I can lose myself in my latest story, persuade myself that I am writing about […]