Mostly I write stories for young people, and my books are all very different in style, theme and setting. My new book is a picture-book called The Queen on Our Corner.
Ten years ago, sixteen-year-old Gemma Toombs was kidnapped from Bangkok Airport by an infatuated drifter, Tyler MacFarlane, who took her to a secret den in the Australian desert. Now her name is Kate Stone and it’s her turn to confront Ty and try to find answers to the questions that have obsessed her since her ordeal.
Nobody notices the queen on the corner. Nobody, that is…except one young girl. Through her eyes, the woman who dwells in the abandoned plot is a warrior queen, with many battles fought and won.
A young child moves into a new house. Ignored by her busy Mum she finds a shadow under the bed who she makes friends with. Together they make mischief and run away to the woods, where shadows are everywhere. After a lonely time alone, our protagonist is eventually found by Mum.
Kasha has answered the advert for The Tribe. Now she sits writing alone in the darkness of the jungle. Is she the only one left? Then she spots a red light blinking at her from the darkness. Cat s eyes? A camera?
Moss has lived with her pa on a remote island for as long as she remembers. The Old World has disappeared beneath the waves – only Pa’s magic, harnessing the wondrous stormflowers on the island, can save the sunken continents.
Emily’s dad is accused of murdering a teenage girl. Emily is sure he is innocent, but what happened that night in the woods behind their house where she used to play as a child? Determined to find out, she seeks out Damon Hillary, the enigmatic boyfriend of the murdered girl. But he’s got secrets of his own about games that are played in the dark.
This is a story about Isla, who is trying to hold her fracturing family together as well as rescue an injured wild whooper swan. While visiting her father in hospital, Isla meets Harry, the first boy to understand her and her love of the outdoors. But Harry is ill, and as his health fails, Isla is determined to help him in the only way she knows how.