I was born and brought up in Edinburgh, attending James Gillespie’s High School when it was still all-girls and staffed by a fabulous collection of eccentric blue-stocking spinsters. I couldn’t have had a more inspiring education. I went on to study Zoology at St Andrew’s University, then to do research at Southampton University, but I wasn’t very good at it. I came back to Edinburgh (with a sigh of relief) and started teaching Biology. I never intended to stay in teaching, but I found to my great surprise that I really enjoyed it. My first book was published in 2003 and for several years I combined writing and teaching, but I have recently given up teaching to concentrate on my writing career. I’d dreamed of being a writer since I was at primary school, and I’m still amazed it’s happened. Not many people are lucky enough to have their dreams actually come true!
About writer's work
I write both fiction and non fiction for children. My non fiction books are popular science, because I passionately believe that science is fascinating, and many people are put off it if they only read school text books. Science should be thrilling! My fiction is fantasy, but you won’t find any elves or magic swords or people who turn out to be lost princes in it. I like my fantasy with real, ordinary people in it. Some of my books are for 9-12 age group and others for teens. I have also written two picture books.
Websites featuring the authorAuthor's websiteFloris Books: ChaosBloomsburyFraser Ross
Current events and projects
I’m happy to do readings, author talks about my books, and talks about the writing process generally. I also offer a range of interactive presentations based on my science books, which are generally suitable for P5 to S2.