I am the author of picture books Professor McQuark and the Oojamaflip and The Snowflake Mistake, plus junior fiction title Letter to Pluto, all published by Maverick Arts Publishing. My third picture book The Snugglewump is due in May 2017.
My articles on writing have appeared in Writing Magazine and my chapter on social media for writers is in the second edition of The Creative Writing Handbook published by Edinburgh University Press. I have also had short stories in various small press anthologies and websites.
My other love is writing plays and sketches. My full length farce Never Mind the Butler and short play Warm, Hot, Getting Hotter are published by Lazy Bee Scripts. My short plays Brought to Book and Mr Robertson’s Blood Test were performed at Pint Sized Plays and are now published in Pint Sized Plays 2. I have had six other short plays staged by Ghost Dog Productions and a rehearsed reading at Wimbledon Bookfest by Attic Theatre Company. I love writing for my local amateur dramatics group as well.
I enjoy researching information and helping out other writers which is how this site has come about. It’s taken me fifteen years to get published so I know what it’s like when you’re submitting and submitting and feel like you are getting nowhere! Sometimes it feels like a brick wall, but there are people out there reading your work, you just have to find the right person at the right time in the right place with the right manuscript!
I also created Plastic St, a soap set in a land of plastic characters with its own behind-the-scenes documentaries and theme tune! And last but not least I also have sites for my pet portraits and free downloadable cootie catchers (fortune tellers).
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professor McQuark and the Oojamaflip, illustrated by Julia Patton – Maverick Arts Publishing
The Snowflake Mistake, illustrated by Maddie Frost – Maverick Arts Publishing
Letter to Pluto – Maverick Arts Publishing
Pint Sized Plays 3 – I have 2 short plays in this collection of 10 minute wonders
‘Meet Your Public – Social Media for Writers’ in The Handbook of Creative Writing second edition, edited by Steven Earnshaw, published by Edinburgh University Press
‘The Proof is Out There’ – Writing Magazine, July 2014
‘Free Websites for Writers’ – Writing Magazine, December 2013
‘Back Me Up on This’ – Writing Magazine, May 2013
‘Get Creative with Social Media’ – Writing Magazine, February 2013
Tell Me a Story, Daddy – Dark Moon Digest #9
The Haunted School, second place in Children’s Poetry Competition – Writing Magazine
Who Killed King Rat, a poem – The Cat, Autumn 2011
Daily Frights 2012
One of six winners at Pint Sized Plays 2015 (Room in the Womb) and Pint Sized Plays 2014 (Mr Robertson’s Blood Test)
Best Script at Pint-Sized Plays 2013 (Brought to Book)
Second prize in the poetry for children competition in Writing Magazine 2012 (The Haunted School)
Second prize in the poetry section of the Cats Protection Writing Competition 2011 – poem published in the Autumn 2011 issue of Your Cat (Who Killed King Rat?)
Second prize in the RWA Chick Lit Writers of the World ‘Get Your Stiletto in the Door’ competition 2010, Young Adult section (The Ghost in My House)
Winchester Writers Conference 2013
Writing for children – funny fiction 12+, first prize (Risk Free Earth)
Winchester Writers Conference 2012
Writing for children 4-7 years, highly commended (I Like the Small Things)
Winchester Writers Conference 2011
Writing for children 4-7 years, highly commended (Danny and the Dark)
Writing for children 8-11 years, highly commended (Spaced Out)
Winchester Writers Conference 2010
Writing for children 8-11 years, second place (Monstrosity Park)
Winchester Writers Conference 2009
Writing for children 8-11 years, commended (Letter to Pluto)