About me

photo by Debra Hurford Brown
photo by Debra Hurford Brown

 I've lived in France, Canada, Australia and now England at more addresses than I can count. Moving constantly as a child, teenager and also as an adult has kept me on the outside looking in much of my life. It has given me an obsession with characters who don't belong or find themselves in unfamiliar places. 


Me. In swimsuit. On beach.
Me. In swimsuit. On beach.

Along the way, I have always lived in my own world. A world where the usual rules of fashion do not apply.


As a result I spend a lot of time talking to myself. Oh, and Banrock (below). Talking to yourself - and holding endless imagined conversations in your mind - are good practice for being a writer. I always made up detailed stories and loved to play with words. 


But it was a long journey. I've been a scientist, a lawyer, an optometrist; I've managed businesses, worked in secondary schools and libraries. Writing and stories always hummed along in the background, but it wasn't until I moved to England in 2004 that they took over.


There will be no further swimsuit shots of me on a beach.


Banrock, Chief Muse
Banrock, Chief Muse

Yes, I know. Banrock is a bunny, and not the sort that hops around the garden. He prefers mocktails to carrot juice and living the good life to digging holes in the dirt.


Banrock is also my Muse.



Want to know more?

There are some frequently asked questions on my FAQ page.

Also, here is a pretty in-depth interview I did on my publisher's website.

News & popular posts

Fated is shortlisted for the 2020 teen category of the Redbridge Children's Book Award: yay!!

Who is the Slated trilogy cover girl? Meet Hayley here, and find out what it is like to be on a book cover.

Contagion was runner up in both the Hounslow and Ealing Teen Book Awards 2018, and shortlisted for the Crime Fest best YA crime novel

Books of Lies has been short listed for the Lancashire Book of the Year, the Redbridge Book Award, and the North East Teen Book of Award.


Mind Games won the Portsmouth Book Award! It also won the SCBWI Crystal Kite for the British Isles, and was runner-up in the Oxfordshire Book Award. It is short listed for the Sussex Coast Schools Amazing Book Award,  the Staffordshire Book Award, and the Wirral Paperback of the Year.

 Mind Games is nominated for the Carnegie medal!