Vintage postcard She Lufs Me, She Lufs Me Not.

Signed with a kiss

When we first moved to Brighton we began collecting vintage seaside postcards. I liked the cute ones, my husband like the “saucy” – i.e. rude – ones. Over Easter we were tidying up a storage room to turn it back into a useable space, and came across the box of long-forgotten postcards. In the 1920s…

Quite a Character!

I have blogged about my love of the research phase of writing – the trail of knowledge that sparks new ideas is quite delicious. Now, however, I am on to a harder part of the writing journey – establishing characters. I like to write myself a ‘bible’ for each project, that helps to guide me…

Eyam’s big question

I love a story with a big question. The kind of questions where you’re forced to ask yourself, what would I do if . . . I were on board one of the Titanic lifeboats or found a suitcase with a million pounds or faced the choice of saving my life or protecting another? We…

Basically, my life

How Television Made Me An Author

A lot of people spend a lot of time worrying about TV’s influence on children. It’s something I’ve begun to be asked about as an author, and I know the answer I’m supposed to give. TV rots the brain and saps the imagination. It doesn’t stretch you or challenge you. It’s the enemy – to…

The School Trip That Changed My Life

Days before my 15th birthday, I went on a school trip that was to change my life. I didn’t know it at the time. In fact it wasn’t until 24 years later that the impact of that trip became clear. In March 1985, myself and ten school friends ( plus teachers) went on a creative…

Utrecht - canal and Dom Tower

Proud Bells

Two weeks ago, I travelled to the Netherlands for the first time, to attend Dutch Comic Con! I spent a lot of time running around the convention admiring all the amazing costumes… …but I also found time to escape into the city of Utrecht and explore. It’s a very old and rather beautiful city, with…