Your Creative Year

Hello. Well. 2019. What do you have in store for us, I wonder? I spent New Year’s Eve writing. Eight straight hours. Write, write, write. I worked on my middle grade manuscript the first two weeks of January, and spent the rest of the month...

Publishing opportunity for young writers

One of the most common questions I get on school visits is: 'How can I get my story published?' There are a few options, and I will explore these in another blog post. But my daughter and I had a thought that we could make our own...

podcasts for children's authors

6 Podcasts For Children’s Authors

I'm a runner. Not one of those hardcore type runners, who race and all that. I am someone who puddles along country lanes, oxygynating myself. And to be honest, one of the main reasons I run is so I have an excuse to listen to...

tips for a happy author

The Happy Author

Sometimes, I have to pinch myself. I get to write for kids. I also spend a lot of work hours hanging out with kids, making stories. I have six books coming out this year, and more in production. It's a dream job, and a dream...

Different ways to write your first novel

I’ve started (several times now) a middle grade fiction, and am pretty much in the thick of trying to work out how to write longer fiction. I found my groove with picture books, and now early readers, but longer fiction of course is a totally...

running writing

Running Writing

My seven-year-old is obsessed with practicing her running writing. She shows us her loopy letters, so proud. ‘Wow,’ says my husband, Gregor. ‘I am so impressed. There’s no way I can run and write at the same time.’ It’s a favourite Dad Joke in our house. Gregor’s a...

lee child andy martin

What I Learnt From Lee Child

The other night, children’s author Tristan Bancks interviewed Andy Martin about his new book Reacher Said Nothing: Lee Child and the Making of Make Me. Andy documented Lee Child from 1st September, and the blank page, to the final word in Child’s Jack Reacher novel,...