About

TA by day. Crime Fighter Children's Author by night.

Right now I'm working hard illustrating my first book for younger readers. I'm keeping things under wraps for the time being, other than saying the book is due out September 2018 so there will be more info and press releases around Feb/March.

Before my switch to Middle Grade fiction, I wrote four novels for Young Adults. Two came out as mainstream books, two as ebooks. I've been involved in the serious side of publishing for over ten years, but I've always enjoyed creative writing - I sent my first book off when I was just thirteen years old.

I've worked in education for twelve years. I'm an HLTA, which means I can cover teachers' PPA. This year I'm mainly based in Year 2, but I work anywhere from Nursery up to Year 6. Like all the TAs in our school, I also run interventions. At the moment, it's phonics and reading - so I'm always looking about for new ways to make books or any other kind of reading materials interesting and fun. If it's fun, it doesn't feel like work - and for some children, learning to read can be very, very hard work.

Out of school and away from the laptop, I have a family a cat and a dog. I love movies, especially disaster movies, old-school horror and very silly comedy..


On Roker beach - when Matthew was small and I had hair.
That picture on the left is Matthew - the eldest of my three sons. Matthew had severe cerebral palsy and required 24hr care. He had a fabulous sense of humour though. He loved cartoons and slapstick comedy, his gran swearing and people falling over or dropping things. And he loved to laugh. But most of all, he loved cuddles from his mam on a night.

I wrote Buttercup and the Zombies of DOOOOOM with Matthew in mind. It's the kind of story that would definitely have had him cackling away.
I've put up lots of posts about Matthew over the years. Some I've archived, some I've kept live. But I want to keep a link here to the last post I wrote about him so I can always find it.




And to finish off... here are a few random pics.
Thirty years ago - me as a teen, writing fantasy stories on
my little typewriter.
Matthew at Seven Stories - one of my favourite pics.
Having a blurry head day
Appearing on The Weakest Link.
I got kicked off in the 2nd round.