My debut novel, 'Outside', is published by Penguin UK on 3 January 2019. You can find out more about the book, here.
I work at Jericho Writers - a club and editorial consultancy for new writers. There, you can find me hosting videos, chatting to literary agents and writing articles all about writing children's books. I'm also on the board for Creative Future, working with some emerging under-represented writers, and I volunteer for the NSPCC's Speak out and Stay Safe programme.
I've won and been shortlisted for various writing prizes, such as the Mslexia Children's Novel Competition and the Bath Novel Award. I also won a couple of writing awards courtesy of Loughborough University when I was a student there.
I was born and raised in Leicester, but now I live by the sea in East Sussex, UK.
Q & A
What does your 'Outside' look like?
Just like Ele, I'm a sucker for trees. I feel most at home in a forest and took many walks through bluebells in Ashdown Forest when I was looking for inspiration for 'Outside'.
Do you collect books, like Ele?
Actually I do! In that I can never throw away a book that I've read and enjoyed (so my house is overflowing with them), and I collect old editions of my favourite book, 'Peter Pan & Wendy'. My prize edition is a 1907, Arthur Rackham illustrated 'Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens'. It is beautiful.
How did you get published?
I wrote my first book when I was sixteen and quickly learnt that getting it published was a lot harder than it looks! I spent the next twelve years writing three more books, sending them to literary agents and amassing over fifty rejections. When Ele came to me though, I knew her story was something special.
I met my literary agent, Sallyanne Sweeney, at a Jericho Writers event and pitched my book to her over drinks. When I sent it to her the following week, I received the most wonderful, life-changing email from her forty-four minutes later. I signed a publishing deal with the incredible Penguin UK a few months later.
My advice - keep writing, keep learning and don't give up!