Friday 22 October 2010


like reading books? why not write one?

I am going to try to fire out the first draft of a new book this November along with the crazed organisation that is NANOWRIMO. You write 50,000 words in a month. That's 1667 words a day. I did my first drafts of SPARKS and BERSERK this way, and most of it was dreadful, and I had to throw most of it away. But some of it was ok! and it is great to have something to work with rather than the empty screen.

Why don't YOU try and write a novel in November too? (but don't make it too good because I don't want to be out of a job!)

Sunday 10 October 2010


I've just sent off the proofs for QUARRY, my new teen thriller, and it is due to be published by Marion Lloyd Books in February 2011.

It's about Scrappy, a 15 year old boy who lives in a breakers yard who is being sent crazy anonymous dares. Once he gets caught up in them, he finds he can't stop, no matter how much he wants to, and the last challenges send him to the very edge...

more on QUARRY soon.

The Hedgehog Mystery

This is my new book for Collins Big Cat Educational series, for younger readers, 8+ out in January. It's about a wild motorbiking granny, a conniving circus acrobat and two small, determined children. It's published in January 2011.

I LOVE Mark Beech's illustrations.

Check it out at..