The lovely peeps at Oxford University Press Education interviewed me during half term about Looking at the Stars, Electrigirl, which characters I identify with, how to write a 500 word story, and what inspires me creatively. I’m not quite sure why the video insists on starting at 2 mins in but I can’t seem to … More Interviewed!
The third Electrigirl book is here! ELECTRIGIRL AND THE INVISIBLE THIEVES sees our three intrepid heroes, Holly, Joe and Imogen, facing a peculiar spate of thefts in their home town of Bluehaven. Someone is nicking small items from shops and playing pranks on people – in broad daylight! How are they getting away with it? … More Electrigirl and the Invisible Launch Party!
I’m always on the lookout for new stories for younger readers where the female protagonist has an adventure. Nelly and the Quest for Captain Peabody, by Roland Chambers and with enchanting illustrations by Ella Okstad, is the first in a new series for the 7-9 age group (though I suggest that it would appeal right through … More Nelly and the Quest for Captain Peabody – review
In many ways, 2016 was a real stinker. But on a personal level, I had a good one, with lots of writing work, and fun with my family. 2017 is going to be my busiest publishing year to date, however, and this is what kept me so busy in 2016, writing all of these…! This … More Hello 2017! and new books out this year!
Here we go again! And I LOVE it! On Tuesday, Cathy Brett and I met up with our fab editors Kathy and Gill and our super designer Holly for…duh, duh, DUUUUUHH: the layout design meeting on ELECTRIGIRL 3! Because the comic strip sections are such an integral part of the Electrigirl stories, it’s very important … More Designing Electrigirl 3!
It would have been a packed six weeks anyway: a family holiday, three festivals, holiday courses for the kids…but this summer has been extra packed because I’ve had a mountain of writing to do! Just before the end of the summer term, I delivered the manuscript of ELECTRIGIRL 3 (title still under wraps for now!) … More What I Did On My Summer Holidays #3: Writing
I started reading The Secret Railway to my seven-year-old daughter, but she stopped me at the end of the introduction. ‘You can’t read on, Mummy, you’re not allowed. You’re married.’ See, Wendy Meddour has done this introduction which carefully weeds out the people who ‘aren’t 100% child’ by means of a questionnaire. No matter that … More The Secret Railway – review
Last Friday was my launch party for A LIBRARY OF LEMONS and it was SO much fun! I shared the event with my author pal John Dougherty (who published his book Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face and the Great Big Story Nickers on the same day as my Lemons) at the brilliant Blackwells in Oxford, and we … More Launching Lemons with added Stinkbombs and Ketchup!
It’s been a CRAAAAZY week! I started my events on Tuesday, when Cathy Brett and I did some Electrigirl workshops at Burford School (where I’m patron of reading) Then on Thursday, I spent World Book Day itself with the students of Rye St Antony in Oxford, who were fab and really enthusiastic. Huge thanks to … More World Book Day and Ox Comic Con – whoosh!
The week has passed in a blur! Last Friday, I spent most of the day with Cathy Brett (Electrigirl illustrator extraordinaire) and Cas Lester (author of Wilfred the (Un)wise) as we launched our books on an unsuspecting world! (actually, pretty much everyone WAS expecting it, because I’d gone on about it so much…) The three … More Launching Electrigirl – party and events!