Notes on my family

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

- Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times.

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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Bristol teen book award

Bristol Teen Book Award 2018

Notes on My Family has been shortlisted for the Bristol Teen Book Award and I’m so thrilled. It’s hugely important and significant for me to have been shortlisted for an award that celebrates diversity in teen fiction. Lou is an outsider who isn’t fitting in well at school. She sees the world differently to others. Neurodiversity is something I believe all…

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School visit

World Book Day 2018

World book day this year landed on a snowy Thursday. Many schools were closed but not Coombe Boy’s school in New Malden where I had the pleasure of teaching two creative writing workshops to year seven and eight pupils. We talked about how to begin a story and how to chose between first and third person. We discussed some of…

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