I grew up in Northern Ireland, where I spent my childhood climbing on hay bales, rolling down sand-dunes and leaping the raw Atlantic waves. Nowadays I live in Wiltshire with my husband, three children and our mini-menagerie of pets and wild things.
I have always loved stories: I taught English in secondary schools for many years and I've worked in a theatre, a bookshop and a tiny pub where folk tell fairytales by candlelight. I firmly believe that stories are everywhere: through every keyhole; in every snippet of overheard chitchat; in the forgotten fingers of every lost glove... Pippi Longstocking (one of my all-time absolute total and utter heroes!) says "I'm a thing-searcher, you see!" I think I'm a story searcher! I feel so lucky to be able to spend my days searching for stories ... and writing them too of course!
All True…except the bit about speaking Russian. I only wish that one was true too.
True or False???
My second toe is longer than my first toe.
I have worked as an English teacher, a bookseller, a grapepicker, a human rights campaigner and a pirate captain.
I have sent a message in a bottle.
I have never found a message in a bottle, but I did once find a message on the string of a popped balloon.
I can speak English, French, Italian, Russian and Cat.
I once got stuck in a snowstorm with a human skeleton.
I think it's really important to hooray about the things that you're proud of! Here are some things I hooray about: in 2018 I graduated with Distinction from the MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. Hooray! My picture book Moles…According to Mike won the Writing Magazine Picture Book Prize 2017 and an earlier version of The Wild Way Home was shortlisted for the Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize. I'm so proud of my writing and I love it when other people enjoy my stories and poems too - Hooray!
Do you know what I'm most proud of though? I'm proud to have my AMAZING family and my AMAZING friends and my AMAZING pets! A BIG hip hip HOOOOORRAY to that!