Once upon a time, I hated reading. I was a Reluctant Reader with two capital Rs. But I was lucky enough to read Harry Potter when I was 11, and the story quite literally changed my life.
JK Rowling taught me that books can be just as good as movies and computer games. Ever since then, I’ve known I had to write my own stories to try to recreate that sense of magic for other people.
These days I live in North Wales, but I grew up near Cambridge and studied Creative Writing at the University of Essex. After that, I did a postgraduate journalism course at Harlow College, where I learnt things like shorthand (it’s a bit like a secret code) and How To Write About Sport.
I love telling stories about old things, like myths or fables, in new ways. My first book, Stonebird, which is published by Quercus, is based around the idea of gargoyles coming alive in the silver glow of the moon.
It’s also quite heavily influenced by real life. After seeing my grandma suffer from dementia for a number of years, I wanted to write about the importance of memories and the magic of stories.
My second book, Stormwalker, deals with the magic of stories in a different way. It’s about boy called Owen, and his grieving father, who is an author. Every time Owen’s dad writes a story, Owen jumps into it and has to live out what’s happening on the page. Along the way, he discovers that maybe, if he can finish the story, he might be able to help his dad.
One of my favourite things about being an author is doing events in schools and at libraries and festivals. If you’d like to learn more about them, you can find more details here.
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