I was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now live in Stoke-on-Trent with a family of my own. I currently divide my time between working as a freelance editor, holding down a day job, and writing my own stories. An avid reader with eclectic tastes across many genres, when not busy trying in vain to be a domestic goddess, I can often be found lurking in local coffee shops with my head in a book. Sometimes I pretend to be clever but really love nothing more than watching geeky TV and eating Pringles. I’m ridiculously interested in loads of subjects. They say a little knowledge is dangerous and I’m always getting into trouble spouting half-baked facts about something!
I’ve always loved to read, despite nobody else in my family being particularly literary. I can still remember the surprise on the face of a visiting aunt as she caught me stretched out on the floor with a newspaper, aged about five or six. I loved to read anything, but my favourites were adventure stories, the more dangerous and breathtaking, the better. And I can never remember a time when I didn’t make up stories. As a kid I would spend hours dreaming up alternative endings for films I’d seen or books that I’d read, or continuing their adventures beyond the end. However, I come from a working class background and had a fairly conventional education, and story-telling wasn’t something we did. It wasn’t until I had been working for a couple of years, after leaving school, that I decided I wanted more out of life. So, I returned to college to do my A levels. I got married and had children and worked some more. Then, I got the academic itch again and enrolled at Staffordshire University as a mature student in 2006. It turned out the be the best decision I have ever made. I had signed up for English Literature, but had a space in my timetable to fill, so I decided to take a creative writing module. I finished the module with a mark equivalent to a first and quickly decided that, maybe, I could be ok at this writing lark. So I swapped my degree to joint honours English and creative writing and, during the summer break of 2007, wrote my first novel. I finished my degree with first class honours. Now, I mostly write YA contemporary fantasy, but I dabble in other genres from time to time. Late 2013 I was signed by LAW literary agency.
So, that’s me up to now (sort of). Who knows what the future holds? But I think it will be fun finding out!
I hope you enjoy discovering my books too. You can get more information about each one from the page tabs at the head of the blog:
Sky Song (book one of the Sky Song trilogy)
The Young Moon (book two of the Sky Song trilogy)
Not of Our Sky (book three of the Sky Song trilogy)
The Memory Game
Dead Girl Walking
Feel free to leave comments on anything you see; I love to chat! And don’t forget to visit my YouTube channel 🙂
wonderful to see that you have books coming out soon
Thank you for your lovely comments around the blog. I’m quite excited myself!
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Fellow Stokie author. Just about to look at your books and follow you on twitter 🙂
Thanks Sherrie 🙂
Just finished The Memory Game!! Amazing!!!!!
Thank you so much Michele! It makes my day to hear that people have enjoyed my work 🙂
I am in the process of editing for the millionth time my first book (a series for 6-11 yr olds) and researching other writers in my genre but your blog has popped up (ok I found it on writers and artists website!) begging my attention. As I read through I find I am nodding my head, grinning and feeling a little assured that even more experienced writers feel what I feel..and then some. Thank you for sharing some of the ‘real’ you, I, for one needed it!
Thank you Debs, I’m so glad to hear that you recognised a kindred spirit! I think we all have similar hopes and fears as writers – it’s probably the nature of the beast. Good luck with your book, I’ll look out for you. 🙂
Hi. Are you going to do a sequel to the Accidental Guest. I really enjoyed it.
Thank you so much! Yes it’s a four part series. The next is available for preorder and is out in January 🙂
I read the accidental guest the other day and its the first book of yours I’ve ever read and I loved it I truly look forward to reading more and cant wait for the second book
Thank you so much, that’s very kind of you 🙂
Hi Sharon, I’ve read the accidental guest. Loved it… while ordering the follow on I came across The Memory Game; which I’ve just finished blurry eyed and tired so please excuse any spelling and grammar mistakes! I have to say without given the plot away it’s one of the best books I’ve read, and I read a lot and don’t have a typical style. This book made me cry Soooo much how I didn’t wake my hubby up I have no idea. So please keep writing.x
From a very soggy(due to crying) fan.
Hi Sara, thanks so much for your lovely message! I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to hear you enjoyed The Memory Game. Sorry about the sogginess; I hope it’s not too bad!
Sharon, I wanted you to know that the Memory Game helped me a lot on several levels with the loss of my daughter. Without going into detail, it was so very relevant to her situation and my loss of her. It has given me enormous comfort and even some answers – thank you x
I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. If my book has given any comfort I’m so glad to hear it. Your message has certainly made me look differently at what I write and how people connect with it so thank you for having the courage to share your thoughts. Wishing you all the best. Sharon x