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About me

Let me tell you a little bit about me. I’ve lived a pretty varied life, having lived in three different countries (two of them twice!) and about twenty five different houses. I was born in Wales, in the UK, but went to school and university in Melbourne, Australia (with a brief stint in Papua New Guinea in between). I moved back to the UK to study an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, as well as a PhD in Creative Writing at the same university (yes, you can call me Doctor if you like!). I’m still in the UK, despite initially saying I was only going to stay for one year only because it’s sooo cold! I guess I’m still here partly due to the fact that I am now Senior Lecturer on the wonderfully successful MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University.

Doing my MA at Bath Spa is where life really took off for me … well….my writing life anyway. I’m not sure I would be a published writer today if it weren’t for this MA. Before this MA, I did jobs like acting, coffee making, waitressing, and nature guiding, as well as volunteering twice in South Africa, which has all worked out to be great experience for writing!

Stolen

My first published book, Stolen, was very much influenced by my life and the things I did. Thankfully, I’ve never been kidnapped, but when I was nine years old and moving from Wales to Australia, it felt like a bit of a kidnapping. Suddenly I was in a new country I didn’t fully understand; a place that was simultaneously beautiful and terrifying. I’ve always been fascinated by wild Australian land and, when younger, my favourite memories are of camping in the bush and exploring the overgrown creek at the back of our first Melbourne house. I used these feelings of being simultaneously entranced and scared to write Gemma’s feelings for Ty and the landscape he takes her to.

Flyaway

My second book, Flyaway, began as a book called The Long Flight and was about a boy called Adam and a strange, flightless whooper swan. Six years later, a gender change of the main character, and a genre change of the book, and this book became Flyaway. It’s now about a girl called Isla whose Dad gets sick, and so, with the help of new friend Harry, she tries to make him feel better again through teaching a swan to fly. My work as a nature guide with the RSPB really helped me to write this book, and I’ll always be grateful to this wonderful charity for giving me the chances to learn about all things wild.

The Killing Woods

My third novel is The Killing Woods. This is a novel about darkness, and about how close we can all come to dark places, and spaces, at any time. The narrative is told from the perspectives of Emily, whose Dad is accused of the murder of Emily’s schoolmate Ashlee Parker, and Damon, who was Ashlee’s boyfriend and the last person to see her alive. I hope it’s a bit of a psychological thriller.

Storm-wake

My fourth book is called Storm-wake, and will be published worldwide in May 2018. It’s a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. I look at the character of Miranda, and try to imagine what her story might look like today. I also have another book project to come out in 2018 (details to follow).

What else?

In between writing, and talking about writing, I do lots of other things! I ride a grumpy chestnut mare called Topaz, walk my beautiful dog Larch, and travel A LOT. I love to read, watch films, and be inspired by world. I am currently embarking upon a project to walk around the entire circumference of Wales with my dog (stay tuned for details). I also work a lot in Mexico, where I am can be found as the resident writer in the amazing Rancho Las Cascadas.

I am represented by Nicola Barr at The Bent Agency, and published by Chicken House. In the United States and Australia, I am published by Scholastic. For a full list of where my books have been published and by who, please visit the Chicken House website.

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