About Me

TA by day. Crime Fighter  Author by night.

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.

For my day-time job, I work as a Teaching Assistant in a primary school. I've been in the same school for fourteen years. Love the place and the kids. 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 an evening while we watched TV or read him stories. In  2015, Matthew's cerebral palsy become too much for his body to cope with and he passed away in his sleep. He went to bed that night relaxed, happy and listening to his favourite stories.

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 and it felt like I could hear him laughing as I wrote that story. I am so grateful to Maverick Publishing for taking it on and turning it into something that other children can enjoy.

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.

That's enough about me. To finish off this section, 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.