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January 19th, 2020

When my country is on fire, is writing children’s books still a useful thing to do? This is a question that has been puzzling me over the last couple of Continue reading

January 5th, 2020

Writing a story set in a particular historical period is tricky. You have to get the details right, which means a lot of research. And while some writers love research, Continue reading

December 22nd, 2019

Last week I talked about how important it is for writers to take notice of what’s going on around us, because that’s where so much of our inspiration comes from. Continue reading

December 15th, 2019

My publicist sent me a list of questions the other day for the Children’s Books Daily website. One of them was, ‘Any words of advice for young writers?’ I answered Continue reading

November 16th, 2019

This is an out-take from City of Lies (The Keepers #2), and tells the story of what happened to Morg when Herro Dan sent her to search for Goldie, Toadspit Continue reading

November 10th, 2019

I don’t go anywhere without a notebook. I’ve carried one for years, because I never know when I’m going to see something or hear something or meet someone who gives Continue reading

November 3rd, 2019

When people ask me how I got started writing for children, I usually talk about the time roughly 20 years ago when I was writing a whole lot of different Continue reading

October 26th, 2019

I’m having a hard time with one of the neighbourhood cats. Don’t get me wrong, I love cats, most of all Harry, who has lived with me for the last Continue reading

October 13th, 2019

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been playing with ideas for a new story. At one point I had several ideas on the go, and I couldn’t choose between Continue reading

September 29th, 2019

This week sees the publication of Haunted Warriors, the third and final book in the Rogues trilogy, in which the story of Duckling, Pummel, Otte and Sooli, comes to its Continue reading

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