I am an award-winning, best-selling author, primarily for young adults, with wide international readership; my books are translated and published in twenty-two countries. I have also written for children and adults, both in non-fiction and fiction, in short form and longer form, as well as writing for script and screen.
I have four published novels for Young Adults, published with Chicken House (Stolen, Flyaway, The Killing Woods, Storm-wake) and one novella published with Firefly Press (The Darkness in Three Strikes). My first picture book, Shadow, will be published with Lantana in November 2019. I am currently writing my first adult novel as well as another YA novel. I have a book for 6-9 year olds out on submission.
I have worked at Bath Spa University since 2004, first as an Associate Lecturer then as Senior Lecturer, and now as Reader in Creative Writing. At Bath Spa, I play a key role in the leadership and implementation of our internationally successful MA in Writing for Young People. I have also taught internationally, including being writer-in-residence in Vermont College of Fine Arts and also in The Literature Centre in Australia, and I have worked in South Africa for Amazwi School of Media Arts. I regularly travel for Creative Writing speaking engagements and conferences, and have established Mexican Writing Retreats; a 7 day luxury writing retreat in the Mexican highlands. I have an MA and PhD in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University.
- The Darkness - Firefly, October 2018
- Storm-wake - Chicken House, April 2018
- The Killing Woods - Chicken House, January 2014
- Flyaway - Chicken House, January 2010
- Stolen - Chicken House, May 2009
Awards and residencies
- The Literature Centre - Teaching hundreds of high school students across the state of Western Australia, August 2018, November 2015, November 2013
- Printz Honor Award - highest international award for YA fiction, July 2011
- Branford Boase Award - highest award for UK debut writing for young people, July 2010
- Gold Inky Award - highest award for Australian YA fiction, July 2011
- Vermont College of Fine Arts - teaching university students in their winter residency, January 2012
Current Events and Projects
- Shadow - Picturebook with Lantana, November 2019
- Release - novel for adults, tbc