Hello, and thank you for visiting!
Since bringing out my first book for children, The Mysterious Misadventures of Clemency Wrigglesworth, I’ve decided to revisit some of the beloved books of my childhood and those I discovered when I became a parent myself. For some years, as part of my job, I had the brilliant task of researching and buying the books for a toy library for very young children with disabilities, and using them on a daily basis. Reading a book over and over – and over and over – is a real test of staying-power (my own and the book’s!) And then I need to catch up with the new and wonderful children’s fiction I’ve somehow missed. I’m always looking out for good suggestions.
My second book came out in 2014. The Dangerous Discoveries of Gully Potchard featured more of the eccentric Marvel family, plus some totally new characters both human and animal!
And the next book is going to be a bit different. Nancy Parker’s Diary of Detection is set in the 1920s and owes more than a little to the Golden Age of detective fiction. Plus – of course – dogs, cats, curious children and dubious baddies. Out at the beginning of 2016…
A bit more about me:
I’ve been making up stories for as long as I can remember. As a young child I was ill quite a bit, which meant I could spend lots of time lying in bed, reading – bliss.
I grew up in London, studied English at university, and have an MA in Creative Writing. I have worked in education and for children’s charities, particularly in the field of disability. My career has really been a series of accidents, as I tended to fall into jobs rather than seeking them out, because all the time I secretly wanted to be a writer!
I have written award-winning short stories and a novel for adults as Julia Widdows, and also researched and edited a book about disability, inclusion and everyday life.
I have two sons, and live in Sussex with my husband and an unhelpful cat.
I was featured by ReadingZone as their Author of The Month in September 2013, so you can read more in the interview here: ReadingZone Author Feature.
You can also read a rather different interview I did with the inimitable Tatum Flynn on her blog Here Be Dragons.
I love to hear from readers and other writers. See my Contact page.