I live in Bedfordshire in the UK with my family and two daft pets. I’ve been writing little books of stories since I can remember. My first story was about a bird called Boris, and I loved writing about witches, fairies, and children having Blyton-style adventures. I always wanted to be a writer but forgot I needed to actually finish a book, so it wasn’t a surprise to find that I didn’t get published as quickly as I’d expected. In fact, it was really hard! I created this blog to encourage others as well as myself and share information along the way. My blog post listing publishers and agents for children’s writers really took off and I was motivated to keep sharing information, tips and leads on markets for children’s writing. Then in late 2015 I got the magic email from Maverick Arts Publishing – they were interested in my picture book Professor McQuark and the Oojamaflip. I was on the way to becoming a published children’s writer at last!
Now I split my time between writing books and helping authors. My critique service is proving popular and I love doing events like school visits and literary festivals. Reading my books out loud to children is a dream come true.