Friday, 11 November 2016

Author in Residence

I am delighted and honoured to have been asked to be Author in Residence at the utterly fantastic Litcham School.

What is an Author in Residence? I'm sure everyone at Litcham will be relieved to know that it doesn't mean I'll be turning up with my suitcases to move in (although if I could camp out in your brilliant library, that wouldn't be such a bad idea!).

But I will be coming to school several times this year to work with students in both primary and secondary phases, promoting reading for pleasure, creative writing, and all things bookish.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

School visit round up

As September comes round and the new term starts I've been looking back over last term's school visits . It was a such a busy time that I didn't have chance to blog about them then so here's a round-up of the highlights.

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Cambridge Home Educating Families Group

When is a school visit not a school visit?
When it's a visit to a group of students from Cambridge Home Educating Families.
Four visits in fact. I was delighted to be asked to give a course on all aspects of writing a mystery. We had great fun plotting crimes and creating detectives and villains and setting clues - there were so many great ideas, which produced some brilliant stories.


Here's a list of some of the titles - they all sound amazing, don't they? And how about the story we planned as a group. The Mystery of the Cursed Custard Creams. Who wouldn't want to read that book? Thank you to everyone who took part for joining in so enthusiastically and to Fathima Farouk who organised everything and made me feel so welcome. I really enjoyed meeting you all and sharing your writing ideas.


Monday, 5 September 2016

Reader Reviews

Can you spot an author lurking in the shadows?
My favourite reviews are always those from young readers.

I've been thrilled this week to receive three for The Serpent King.  Trinity, Gabrielle and Kezia have all been kind enough to get in touch to tell me that they've enjoyed reading Secrets of the Tombs and have sent in these superbly written reviews.

Thank you girls!

I'm sorry that the series has finished now, but I promise that I'm working very hard on writing of lots of other exciting adventures - I hope they'll be ready for you to read soon!

I hope they'll take me to some more magical places to research the settings for the books. Here's a photo of me sitting among the strangler figs on the steps of the ruins in Calakmul taking notes for The Serpent King last year. 


Thursday, 18 August 2016

And the winners are . . .

Thank you to everyone who sent in their ideas for where in the world you would send Cleo and Ryan if you were writing their next adventure. There were some great suggestions, from Oxwich Bay in Wales to Bhangarh Fort in India, and from Persia to Peru.

I wrote the names on pieces of paper, put them into a hat (I borrowed Mrs Loveday's cycling helmet, in fact) and pulled two out.

The two lucky winners of the signed sets of Secrets of the Tombs books are . . . fanfare please . . .
  • Benjamin G
  • (Macchu Pichu in Peru is somewhere I've always wanted to go. I'd love to send Cleo and Ryan there.)
  • Bill V  
  • (You are right, there are so many great sites in the Middle East that would make perfect settings. Petra in Jordan would be top of my list.
Congratulations! I'll be in touch by e-mail shortly to find out where to post your prizes.


Apologies to everyone who wasn't lucky this time, but thank you very much for entering. I'll be running more competitions and giveaways in the future so there will be lots more chances.