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Friday, 6th March 2019

Interview at Badger Learning

I sat down for a chat with the staff at Badger Learning, publishers of the Two Sides series.

Finnish translation of Diary of a Mall Girl

Diary of a Mall Girl has been translated into Finnish by Eeva Mäkelä, published by Stabenfeldt AB. It’s called Ostaritytön päiväkirja and you can read the opening (in Finnish!) at Girl:IT.

.DOAMG in Finnish

May 2015 Book Club

It’s already time to announce the next meeting of the Newton Abbot Waterstones Book Club, which will be on Wednesday 27th May at 3.30pm. This month we’ll be discussing Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens, and lots more. Join us – it’s fun and free!

May 2015 poster


indexI’ve been tagged by award-winning writer Caroline Green to take part in a writerly questionnaire. Here’s more about Caroline Green…

“Caroline Green is an experienced freelance journalist who has written stories since she was a little girl. Caroline’s stories tend to grow from a particular atmosphere, in the case of Dark Ride, it was the image of a grotty and unloved seaside town in the middle of winter, where a lonely boy sat hunched on a bench, staring out to sea… Caroline lives in North London with her husband, two sporty sons and one very bouncy labrador retriever.”

Find out more about Caroline Green and her brilliant books.

And now for my turn at the Q&A!


Something new! Something slightly different, I think, but still a novel about teenagers and relationships and maybe a little bit of romance…


This is the easiest question in the world to answer. The way it differs is… it’s by me! So here’s more about me… I am fascinated by words and the way they fit together, partly because I grew up speaking two different languages, often at the same time, and sometimes in a muddle. I went on to study languages in depth, maybe in an attempt to unravel them in my own mind. I enjoy humour and wordplay in books, and I also like to write about characters who are struggling to find their identity and work out their place in the world.


See above! I’m always seeking out light-hearted stories that explore “coming-of-age” issues, and I love writing them as much as I love reading them.


If you’re reading this and you’d like to take part, consider yourself tagged!

Authors for the Philippines

Authors for the PhilippinesAuthors for the Philippines is an online auction set up to raise money for the Red Cross’s Typhoon Haiyan Appeal.

It features donations from loads of authors, illustrators, editors and agents. Bid on signed and dedicated books, manscript critiques, character names, author meetups, school visits and lots more.

I’ve donated a chance to be my next book – as a band name!

Browse and bid at Authors for the Philippines.

Hay Hay

2013-05-28 14.02.21I’m back from my tour, and I loved every minute of it!

There’s an interview with me about the Hay Festival at Girls Heart Books right now.2013-05-28 12.52.24

You can also read a little about each of my library events in the post below.

Thank you very much to all the wonderful people I met while I was out and about!

Hello, 2013!

Diary of a Mall GirlAaah, new year, fresh start, new books…

Diary of a Mall Girl will be out in a couple of months, and there should be some exciting events coming up to celebrate this. Watch out for news!

In the meantime, huge thanks to What Should I Read Next? for being the first person in the universe to review the Curious Fox version of my book! Diary of a Mall Girl review.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Links and Autumn news

I’ve been busy on the blogs, and not just Chicklish

Here I am at UKYA, a website dedicated to showcasing authors based in Britain, writing about some of my favourite teen reads from the last century. (A while ago, UKYA asked readers to vote for their favourite UK teen books, and I’m thrilled that Kiss Date Love Hate made it to the Top 100 list. Thank you very much to the readers who voted for it!)

I’ve been recommending teen fiction series at YA Contemporary, a post you can also find at Bookbag.

Over at Girls Heart Books, I’ve been posting away. Here’s a roundup of my Girls Heart Books posts.

And – newsflash – I have a non-fiction book out this week! It’s about blogging, and here’s a cover image:

Find out more at Hachette, the publisher.

Lastly, I’d like to thank Dawlish Community College for inviting me in to run a fun writing workshop with Year 8 English students a couple of weeks ago.


Extract of Kiss Date Love Hate