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Applecore Books - the home of realistic, conemporary fiction.


Contemporary fiction for young adults ...

... human drama + real life problems = compelling stories you can't put down.

I am an International Rubery Book Award 2018 Winner!

I am thrilled that BRING ME SUNSHINE is the ​Children's & Young Adult​ Winner of the 2018 International Rubery Book Award. ​The Rubery Prize is a prestigious international book award seeking the best books by indie writers, self published authors and books published by independent presses. Thank you to the judges for this high accolade, and congratulations to all the other shortlisted finalists and winners.

Triskele Big 5 2018 shortlist!

I am delighted to be on the Triskele Big 5 2018 Mentorship Competition shortlist! This is for my work in progress, Still Breathing Air. The winner will be announced in November. Good luck everyone :)

Honorary Mention

Proud to have been given an Honorary Mention in the Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators competition, Undiscovered Voices 2018, for my most recent novel, The Girl Whose Mother Robbed a Bank.




In Your Write Mind

Now available to buy. Just 7.99

A toolbox of therapeutic and creative writing exercises to help you feel happier, think more clearly, be kind to yourself, solve problems, clarify goals, uncover hidden beliefs, and fictionalise your life. Use these simple exercises as a starting point to deeper self-knowing, then change them, develop them, invent new exercises, or even write a book ... and have fun doing it! 


AMAZING book review

This incredibly lovely review was created by the Kindle Ninja, after he had read Bring Me Sunshine. I am totally bowled over! It's awesome.

KN - Thank you for the time and effort you put into making this. I really appreciate it. 


Wonderful feedback

Students on the Working with Children, Young People and Families course at Cumbria University were asked to read Bring Me Sunshine as part of the Young Person in Focus module. I supplied them with free access to the book, and in return they each wrote a letter of feedback, with their thoughts and responses to the story. Their comments were just wonderful and I cannot thank them enough for their thoughtful insights into my writing and the lives of young carers. Here is just a very short selection of comments from the forty pages of feedback I received.


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FINALIST in the Mslexia Children's Novel Competition 2012/13.


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KS2 and KS3 Schools' Resources Packs for Bring Me Sunshine now available - FREE!

Where Bluebirds Fly

Where Bluebirds Fly 

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Book Discounts

If you would like to buy any of my books for schools, libraries or sharing with young people through clubs etc, please contact me for a generous discount.


I am on the list...

... of The Guardian Readers' recommended self-published authors! 

Back in June, The Guardian Newspaper asked readers to tell them about the best self-published books they had discovered, and out of over 3,200 authors, they featured just 34 'great authors', including me! 

So a big THANK YOU to everyone who recommended Bring Me Sunshine.                       

Applecore Books

I am published by Applecore Books - an INDIE publisher specialising in realistic contemporary fiction for Children and Young Adults.


"We don't do fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal or futuristic - instead, we believe there's enough emotion, action, excitement and adventure right here, right now, in the world we all live in!"