July 2015 Book Club

The Newton Abbot Waterstones Book Club is meeting in the first week of the summer holidays, on Wednesday 29th July at 3.30pm. This month we’ll be talking about the re-issue of the children’s classic Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf by Catherine Storr, and lots more!

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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!

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April 2015 Book Club

The next meeting of the book club at Waterstones Newton Abbot is all set up! We’re meeting on Wednesday 8th April and we’re back to our usual time of 3.30pm. This month’s book is Completely Cassidy: Accidental Genius by Tamsyn Murray. Hope to see you there!

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Valentine’s post at Book Angel Booktopia

Huge thanks to Book Angel Booktopia for inviting me to be author of the month at her school, and offering me a guest post slot in honour of Valentine’s Day.

Read my Ingredients for a Teen Romance Novel at Book Angel Booktopia!

February 2015 Book Club

Announcing the next book club at Waterstones in Newton Abbot, Devon. We’ll be meeting at the slightly earlier time of 3pm on Wednesday 18th February, and this month’s book is Binny for Short by Hilary McKay.

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Girls Heart Christmas - out now!

I’m thrilled that my story, The Evil Sprout, is published today in a special e-book collection by the authors at Girls Heart Books. Here’s more about it…



“Ten heart-warming and uplifting Christmas stories by some of the UK’s best-loved children’s authors.

From puppies to moon bases, domestic crises to futuristic worlds, there’s something for every young reader in this brand-new collection – and each story has a Christmas theme. Supported by the multi-author blog Girls Heart Books, this anthology brings together successful authors Julie Sykes, Paula Harrison, Jo Cotterill, Jenny Smith, S C Ransom, Deirdre Sullivan, Luisa Plaja, Joan Lennon, Lynda Waterhouse and Alex Campbell.”

The book is published in support of the Girls Heart Books site and it’s aimed at ages 8 to 12. It’s on sale now!

And I’ve written more about my inspiration for The Evil Sprout over at Girls Heart Books.

October 2014 book club

It’s nearly time for October’s spooky-themed book club. We’re reading The Mystery of Wickworth Manor by Elen Caldecott, discussing ghost stories and much more. Join us on 29th October 2014 at 3.30pm, Waterstones Newton Abbot.

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Summer book club meeting

The next meeting of my Waterstones book club is planned for 20th August at 3.30pm, and the book we’re reading is One Wish by Michelle Harrison. Pop into Waterstones in Newton Abbot for more details…

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May book club meeting

Join us! We’re meeting during the May half-term holidays at Waterstones Newton Abbot to talk about Someday Angeline by Louis Sachar, and lots more. Wednesday 28th May, 3.30pm.
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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!