Monday, 19 October 2015

Carnegie Medal 2016

Very pleased that How To Speak Spook (And Stay Alive) has been nominated for the 2016 Carnegie Medal.

Here is the list of nominated titles...

AND just discovered Spook has been shortlisted for the 2016 Hounslow Junior Book Award.


Monday, 13 July 2015

Thursday, 7 May 2015


Today, as well as the rather less pressing matter of a general election, is the official publication day of my new book for 8 - 12 year old readers. 'HOW TO SPEAK SPOOK (AND STAY ALIVE)'
Donald, eleven, might find school difficult, (he last got an achievement certificate 5 years ago... for putting his shoes on fairly quickly) but there is something he is very good at...
Talking to ghosts... it's a good job as his dad has been dead for 8 years but is STILL HERE.
Donald, his un-best friend Merry and the crazy Danny Olini track down the source of a ferocious force that is ravaging the Jurassic coast. But who is hunting who?
'HOW TO SPEAK SPOOK'  has bad jokes, foul tempered spirits, singing ghosts, deadly action, foolish vicars and a very short-sighted mother.
I hope you like it!
No, actually I hope you LOVE it!


You can buy it here! (Amazon can't meet the demand today  :) )

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

How To Speak Spook (And Stay Alive)

Here is the cover of my new book.
 Crazy! I love it. It will be published in April.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014


... is the title of my new children's novel, publishing in April 2015. It is being currently copy-edited.
I loved writing this book. It is aimed at slightly younger readers, maybe a confident seven year old reader, but really for the 8 -12 age group.

Donald is An Amazing boy who can see and talk to ghosts. It's a good job he can, because his dad is one...

But he has to engage all his supernatural powers to fight a deadly wild ghostly force, that is whipping up destruction and madness on the south coast...

I tried to make this book fast and funny. I made myself laugh but that's fairly easy.

Can't wait to see what my younger readers think...

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Midnight Pirates wins a prize!

I am delighted to report that Midnight Pirates has won the middle category of The Rotherham Children's Book Award 2014.  The ceremony was held in the gorgeous New York Stadium in Rotherham, and attended by hundreds of local children and a healthy turn out of shortlisted authors.
Sorry, I forgot to take any photos.

The children had the opportunity to meet all the authors before the ceremony, and then each author spoke for a few minutes, then the children were awarded prizes for the best reviews.

And after that, VICTORY! I resisted the urge to punch the air and howl as that wouldn't have been seemly, but I did when I got home.

Thank you Rotherham!

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Ha! New Book News.

I don't print out my manuscripts until at least the 3rd draft, so when I do, it is a BIG DAY.
 So today is a BIG DAY!

Here is PROOF of my manuscript. I promise it is not all blank pages inside. It is about 60,000 words long and is roughly for 8-14 year olds

Current titles are
1) The Nothings
2)The Extraordinary Gifts of Donald Memphis
3) How to Kill a Ghost

What do you think??????? ????? ?????

I still have to go through it and cut out a few (thousand) words, and go through my notes and write in changes and do some doodles because I'd love there to be some illustrations (not by me in final version)

This book will be sent to my editor at Scholastic this week and hopefully she will like it. (eeekk)
Then there will be more editing over the summer (or a complete rewrite if it is all pants) and fingers crossed it will be published in January next year.

So it is still very rough, like it has crawled out of a marsh, but over the next few months I, with my editor's guidance, will polish and buff and bully it until it is as sleek and sparkling as it can be...