I write fun activity books and action-packed adventures for children. I’m passionate about developing a love of reading and writing in children and was honoured to be described by LoveReading4Kids as an “ambassador of children’s literature.”
I have an active programme of school visits and other events, am a Book PenPal for three primary schools, and run a free online #kidsclub and newsletter which includes book recommendations and creative writing activities.
I was born in Edinburgh and grew up in the Scottish Highlands and although I now live down south, I still go back to Scotland regularly. In my spare time, I’m a keen crafter and spend a considerable amount of time trying not to fall off horses or boats. I’m usually covered in sand, straw or glitter. Frequently in combination.
A random writing fact about me is that I always write outside. In fact much of The Relic Hunters series written whilst sailing; the storm described in the first book, Eternal Seas, was frightening real. This is me on our boat, Khoka Moya, which means day-dreaming, or staring at the stars. The picture was taken in Turkey at about 6 am. We were setting off very early to do a long trip up the coast.
And this is my dog – he’s a Cairn terrier which is a Scottish breed.
My fiction books are brim full of witch-doctors, fortune-tellers, warriors and smugglers, combining elemental magic with hints of dystopia.
I also have a series of fun activity books.
I set up the #kidsclub for youngsters aged 6-11 to encourage a love of reading and writing. Every month I share word based activities, book recommendations, exclusive author interviews, competitions and giveaways with other parents. If that sounds good, you can find out more here.
I blog about kids books, activities, arts and crafts. I also have regular guest posts from other authors and bloggers which I hope you enjoy. Plus I pop in the occasional non-fiction, which might be cookery, travel, crafting or family life.