Finchley Lit Fest Saturday May 23rd

As part of the Finchley Lit Fest, on Saturday 23rd May I’ll be in North Finchley Waterstones with authors Alex Wheatle and Ellie Daines! The event starts at 12.30, so come and say hi if you’re in the area. More details of the event to follow.

Favourite Teen/YA Reads of 2014

Click on the link to read about some of my favourite reads in teen and young adult literature last year -



Loughborough University Literary Salon

Here are some photos from Loughborough Uni’s Literary Salon. It was a brilliant event with talks by industry professionals, and myself and Maxine Linnell. Local authors Bali Rai and Paula Rawsthorne joined in the evening. There were lots of interesting talks and conversations!

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Loughborough University’s Literary Salon May 2014

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On Tuesday 13th May, I will be at Loughborough University’s Literary Salon, talking about Writing Young Adult fiction in the 21st century. Maxine Linnell will there as well as Walker Books and reps from DKW literary agents. Tickets still available from

Hope to see you there!

Books for World Book Week

Happy Book Week Everyone!

My blog for An Awfully Big Blog Adventure is all about some of my favourite reads over the past year. You can read it here: An Awfully Big Blog Adventure

I’d love to hear about your favourite reads, so leave me a message.

Thank you to 3rd Class at St. Helen’s Scool!

Big thank you to the 3rd class at St. Helen’s School in Portmarnock, Co Dublin, and their wonderful teacher, Mr. Feehan, for inviting me in to talk about The Long Weekend. It was lovely to meet you all!


Authors for The Philippines

The online auction to raise funds for the typhoon disaster in The Philippines is now open. There are lots of signed books, manuscript critiques, and tons of other goodies available. Follow the link to read more about it and see what’s available, and please spread the word. Many thanks.

Authors for The Philippines

My Muse – Muse Monday guest post

Do I have one?   Forked lightning tree IMG_0558

It turns out I do. It has appeared in many different shapes, sizes, varieties and numbers in most of my work.

I only realised that when I started writing my guest blog for Katherine Roberts’ blog, Riding the Unicorn.

Here’s a picture of one of its forms – the twisted tree. It’s a photograph I took for Hell Wood, my current WIP.

The book features many more.

But it’s not the trees that are nightmarish…

Riding the Unicorn

Something New…About Time!

My blog this month for An Awfully Big Blog Adventure is about the changing focus of teen/YA fiction in the US amongst publishers and literary agents.

Has that changing focus reached us in the UK?

An Awfully Big Blog Adventure

Hell Wood



Here’s a photo of the woods that inspired my current work in progress, Hell Wood. Spooky and dark, the woods are perfect! Can you guess what’s going to happen in the woods…? A bunch of kids, stuck in the middle of nowhere, in the summer holidays, bored…

More photos to follow, so watch this space!