South West Writers

About the Author

I have been making up fantasy stories since the age of eight, when I used to tell them to my little brother at bedtime. I typed my first ‘novel’ on blue and yellow paper when I was 16, but my teachers encouraged me to study sciences and, after gaining a 1st class degree in mathematics at Bath University, a ‘sensible’ career in computers intervened. I was in my 30’s, married and working with racehorses, before I plucked up the courage to send any of my work to publishers and agents. About 50 short stories later, my first novel Song Quest got picked off the slush pile by the editor who discovered Harry Potter and went on to win the inaugural Branford Boase Award in 2000. Since then, my books have been translated into 16 languages and are enjoyed by readers all over the world. I write fantasy and quirky historical fiction such as I am the Great Horse (Alexander the Great’s story told by his horse), and enjoy weaving myths and legends into my work.

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Recent Publications

Daughters of Time fiction anthology , Templar , 2014
The Pendragon Legacy Quartet , Templar , 2012-13
Children of the New Disorder - horror novella for adults with Tim Lebbon , Creeping Hemlock Press , 2009
The Cleopatra Curse , HarperCollins , 2007
I am the Great Horse , Chicken House / Scholastic , 2006

Awards and Residencies

Branford Boase Award , 2000 , Song Quest won the inaugural Branford Boase Award for best debut novel for young readers.
My short fiction has won several prizes including the Boadsword Fiction of the Year Award, Grotesque Readers' Award, and Story Cellar competitions. "Empire of the Hare" was shortlisted for the Library of Avalon Geoffrey Ashe Prize.
I was the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Plymouth University 2014/15

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