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I write children’s fiction featuring quirky female lead characters with strong voices. Packed with adventure, my stories combine gritty reality with magic. I love imagining new worlds as well as unforgettable baddies.
Twister was a Sunday Times Book of the Week and chosen by The Guardian as the one must-read kid’s book of the summer. It was longlisted for the Branford Boase Award and won Calderdale Book of the Year. The True Colours of Coral Glen was picked by the Evening Times as a best book of 2020 by a Glasgow author. The Night My Dream Came Alive publishes in August 2021.
I deliver interactive digital events and visit bookshops, libraries, schools, book clubs and festivals. I am Writer-in-Residence at St John Paul II Primary in Castlemilk and mentor New Writer awardees for Scottish Book Trust.
I'm enthusiastic about firing up imaginations in my workshops. Stories can be tricky to write so, with an emphasis on fun, I work hard to give children tips and tricks to make the process easier for them. I'm a great believer in encouraging those less confident at writing because that was me when I was at school.