My writing story:
My debut YA novel, The State of Grace will be published on April 6th 2017 in the UK. It will then be released in 2018 by Albin Michel Jeunesse in France, and Feiwel & Friends in the USA, with other territories to be announced.
I’ve also written three romantic comedies – Sealed with a Kiss, Coming Up Roses, and Wildflower Bay. All three are published by Pan Macmillan.
I offer one to one social media coaching as well as workshops for authors wishing to build their online presence. (Get in touch via my contact form above if you’d like to arrange a chat, either in person in Liverpool, Manchester, or via Skype.)
I’m a regular speaker at blogging conferences in the UK, talking about everything from building your author platform to the power of blogging to change lives.
I’ve also spoken at Chipping Norton Literary Festival, St Albans Lit Fest, and North Herts Literary Festival. This year (2017) I’ll be appearing at several events – keep an eye on my author page for dates of my appearances.
Meanwhile, behind the scenes…
I grew up in the Scottish Highlands before moving to Melbourne, Australia for a while. When the family came home we settled near Edinburgh, and (always keen to have an adventure) went to university in Northern Ireland.
Since then I’ve collected the kind of CV that only a writer could be proud of – commis chef in Germany, a disastrous attempt at telesales, hotel chambermaid on the Isle of Skye, a long hot summer of strawberry picking, a stint running my own stable yard, manager of an Arabian stud farm, as a vet’s receptionist, worked for a national newspaper, and answered questions for a living. Eventually I gave in to the urge to write.
I live in Southport, a beautiful Victorian seaside resort in the North West of England. My partner and I are both writers, which isn’t as relaxing as it might sound (one word – deadlines).
(There’s a lot of laughing – with six children between us, it’s the only way to cope.)