The Bear Who Sailed the Ocean on an Iceberg

‘A brilliantly funny and touching story about a boy who finds a polar bear in his parents’ freezer. How...
About me

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Welcome to my website. Please take a look around. I am an author for children and adults.

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'Exceptional debut - reminiscent of Mark Haddon or Harper Lee.'

- Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times.

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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News

Spring 2019 News

The sun is shining and there are daffodils on my mantelpiece. It must be spring! In February I attended the Bristol Teen Book Award reading party. I’d never been to Bristol before and fell in love with its hills, architecture, harbour, quirky cafes and colourful student vibe. I will definitely be returning to Bristol when I can. Not only did…

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The Riff Riff
News, Thoughts on writing

The Riff Riff Podcast

A few weeks ago I set off for Battersea studios to record a podcast interview with The Riff Raff. The Riff Riff are a writing community founded by Amy Baker and Rosy Edwards. They have a podcast, host live events and even have a mentoring scheme. If you’d like to listen to my writing advice and hear me talking more…

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Writing Crossover fiction
Thoughts on writing

Writing Crossover Fiction

Writing crossover fiction first appeared on The Literary Sofa.   When I began writing Notes on My Family I wasn’t thinking about whether I was writing a book for adults, or YA fiction, or a crossover novel. I was simply writing a novel. I knew I wanted to write a darkly humorous book about a dysfunctional family living a seemingly…

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