Festival Report

Festivals are like buses: You wait for ages then two come along together. I was doubly fortunate to be appearing at Bath and Cheltenham Children’s Literature festivals on the same weekend, and quadruply fortunate that I was on stage with two terrific authors. At Bath, I had Stephanie Burgis, who is already a friend of… Read on…

The Leaves That Hung But Never Grew

As it’s Folklore Thursday over on twitter, I thought I’d share an odd little tale. Earlier this year, my husband went on a conference at Gregynog in mid-Wales While he was there, he spotted this on the wall and, naturally, he snapped a photo to show me: Naturally, I was compelled to hunt down the… Read on…

New website launch giveaway!

Ahoy book lovers! To celebrate the launch of my new website, I am holding a giveaway. Hop over to twitter, follow me if you don’t already and retweet my giveaway tweet (it’s pinned to make it easy to find. You can win this lovely bundle of goodies: A signed copy of Journey to Dragon Island… Read on…

Tharrrr she goes!!!

Dragon Island has been out and about for a few weeks now. But before the big launch, one of my advance copies went on a quick tour of SCBWI members. First, the US edition pays a visit to Welsh author, Eloise Williams. Eloise is the author of the delightful Elen’s Island for younger readers, and the considerably… Read on…

Phew!

I’ve been quiet on here, but out in the real world I’ve been making lots of noise. March kicked off with World Book day and a trip to the Spread the Word festival in Merthyr Tydfil for a day of writing workshops. Mayhem ensured with pirate poetry duels, amazing tales, and more rhymes for Cassie… Read on…

Heroes and Villains

I had a lovely time visiting St Cenydd’s Comprehensive School in Caerphilly recently. I ran a workshop on creating fictional heroes and villains and the year 7s had great fun coming up with dastardly plots and heroic derring do. Here’s a link to an article on the school’s website I’m the person in the middle of… Read on…

Giveaway!

Attention all readers in the US and Canada! I’ve got together with Sarah Reida, author of Monsterville to do a magical double giveaway. One lucky person can win a signed copy of Monsterville and a signed copy of Voyage to Magical North. The competition is hosted by the very lovely Children’s Book Review and ends… Read on…

Merry Christmas!

2016 has been a strange year. So many awful things happening in the world, but some bright spots of loveliness too. The journey to publication has been exciting and stressful and wonderful and terrifying all at the same time. I am very grateful for the support of my husband and my friends, my editors and… Read on…

Journey to Dragon Island

Exciting news!  I’ve been closeted away for the past month working on what will be my third book but I’m allowed to emerge briefly to share this: the very incredible USA cover for The Journey to Dragon Island.  There are dinosaurs and explosions and… well, a book cover that has dinosaurs and explosions doesn’t really… Read on…