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‘Louise Coulson is a person aged thirteen and a half. She likes to be left to her own devices....
About me


Welcome to my website. Please take a look around. I am an author living in Hertfordshire, just north of London.

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'A warm, witty and moving look at one complicated family and the girl at the heart of it. Full of sincerity, intelligence and hope.’

- Anna James, a case for books.

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Life, News

My favourite reads of 2019

In January 2019 I had this rather nifty idea (so I thought) of writing down all the books I read during the year as I went along. I dedicated a couple of blank pages in my notepad and began my list (I think with Rachel Cusk’s novel Outline) I have never owned a reading diary, or kept track of what…

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Life, News, Thoughts on writing

West London Writing Workshop January 2020

I’m delighted to share an opportunity with you that I hope you’re going to enjoy. This January, I’ll be running the Write Mentor West London weekend writing workshop. Join me on the 4/5th of January in gorgeous West London where I’ll be presenting on various topics, including writing MG and YA fiction, beginnings, story structure, accessing creativity, making time to…

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Thoughts on writing

Bleaching tea spoons and other distractions

I once heard a story about a friend of the crime writer Val McDermid. This friend wished to call up her pal Val and find out how she was, only she was worried about interrupting the highly successful writer at work. The friend finally summoned the courage and picked up the phone, praying she wasn’t going to put Val off…

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Thoughts on writing

Fifteen quotes about writing from women writers

‘I think I may boast myself to be, with all possible vanity, the most unlearned and uninformed female who ever dared to be an authoress.’ Jane Austen    ‘Perhaps I write for no one. Perhaps for the same person children are writing for when they scrawl their names in the snow.’ Margaret Atwood   ‘Male writers are thought of as…

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Thoughts on writing

How to get to the end of a first draft

As I approach the end of the first draft of of my new novel, I have been thinking about how and also exactly what it takes to get to an end of a first draft (other than sheer teeth-gritting determination and mountains of coffee).  I find that a lot of new writers have plenty of openings or half completed novels…

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