I have been reading...


by Steven Camden 


by Jandy Nelson


by Colette Victor


Find me at...

The Kindle Ninja Book Reviews Blog, having a conversation over milk and cookies.

The Undercover Soundtrack of Bring Me Sunshine, on Roz Morris's wonderful music blog. 


A walk with the dogs - an interview by fellow author, Jane Davis


Guardian Readers' recommended self-published authors - I'm on the list!


Why not pop over to The Writer's Room and ask me a question? I would love to hear from you...

... read my interview with Paul Martin, coffee lover and founder of Self Publisher's Showcase, a place where the best independent publications in fiction and non-fiction gets noticed.


... or read my interview with fellow cool author and Mslexia Runner-Up, Katie Hayoz. Buy Katie's book, Untethered.


I am a member of NAWE - National Association of Writers in Education





Say hello to me on TWITTER


Magic Beans - need help editing or preparing your children's novel for submission or e-book publication? I can help.

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 will be returning to Brewery Arts in January 2016...

...for some fabulous fun-filled creative writing courses!
2016 Spring Term - Universal Themes of Story
2016 Summer Term - Writing is Rewriting, Developing and Editing Your Story
Tuesdays 6.30pm 8.30pm | Telephone 01539 722833 for enrolment details.



In Your Write Mind

I have now completed my book, IN YOUR WRITE MIND - a collection of therapeutic and creative writing exercises to help you know yourself and feel happier. More news of this, later in the year. Contact me if you would like to order an advance copy for review.


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.


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. 

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.

Get your discounted copy of Bring Me Sunshine here...

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


PAPERBACK - NOW 5.99 + free postage (RRP 6.99)



Have a go at the BRING ME SUNSHINE jigsaw! 

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

You can read my books on prescription!

Middlesbrough Council's Young People's Books on Prescription service offers relevant books to young people in the area, for free. Evidence suggests that books can make a difference to to the way people feel and react to difficult personal circumstances, and I am absolutely delighted that all Applecore Books are on the list. Bring Me Sunshine and Where Bluebirds Fly are two of just nine fiction titles, and Kate Hanney's wonderfully gritty novels are also there.

Three cheers for Middlesbrough Council! - See the full list here


Where Bluebirds Fly

Where Bluebirds Fly 

published by Applecore Books 


Do the Where Bluebirds Fly jigsaw!


PAPERBACK - NOW 5.99 + free postage (RRP 6.99) 

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.


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!"