The Frost Magazine feature on High Spirits is published today, as part of its win at the Georgina Hawtrey-Woore Awards. Read it here.
10 July 2018
Storytimes with My Favourite People
I will be visiting two Storytimes for younger children during the summer, reading My Favourite People:
Friday 20 July - at Wallasey Central Library, 17 Earlston Road, Wallasey, Wirral CH45 5DX - 3.30pm
Saturday 11 August - at Linghams Booksellers, 248 Telegraph Road, Heswall, Wirral CH60 7SG - 11.00am - to be followed by a signing of the book.
Bring the family along - it would be great to see you there!
6 June 2018
Award win for High Spirits!
Great news – High Spirits, the fourth novel in my Spirits series of ghostly time travel tales, has won second prize in the Young Adult category of the Georgina Hawtrey-Woore Award! Formerly the Independent Author Book Awards, this is run by Words for the Wounded and recognises authors in the independent sector. This is the second time the Spirits series has been recognised at these awards, with The Spirit of London Highly Commended two years ago, but this is the first time any of my books for young people has won an award outright!
I’d like to thank the judges of the award and also everyone at Matador involved in the production of High Spirits, particularly Rosie Lowe who was production controller and did a superb cover design. This is a marvellous recognition of everything I’ve been trying to achieve with my books and comes at the perfect time, with the fifth and final Spirits novel coming soon. It also shows, once again, that indie authors are a force to be reckoned with!
My prize is a feature in Frost Magazine, which will include A Day in the Life article I’ve written especially, giving a behind-the-scenes look at High Spirits and a look ahead to the fifth book, The Coming of the Spirits.
More news soon, here and on Twitter. Meanwhile, read about the award here:
The eBook of My Favourite People is now available to journalists, bloggers and other reviewers via NetGalley. Click here!
16 April 2018
Pre-order the eBook of My Favourite People on iBooks and get it for just £2.99! Offer ends 26 April when the eBook goes online (at £3.99!).
27 March 2018
My author workshops and creative writing sessions continue successfully, with a World Book Day visit to Bidston Avenue Primary School, and a visit for Get Creative Week to Wirral Libraries with children from West Kirby Primary School. It's great to meet so many enthusiastic young readers and writers, and to see so many copies of my books sold and borrowed. It amazes me how many wonderful, exciting stories come out of my Vanishing Book and Story Hunt games, including Jomeo and Ruliet, a giant goldfish and rice pudding running through the streets of London!
Would you like a workshop for your school, library or event? Get in touch and see FREE brochure on the Home page.
My first picture book for younger children, My Favourite People, is published this summer and has now been added to the site. Click here to view...
15 January 2018
Mixed, Matched, Stewed Together, With A Pickle On Top! I give my views on fantasy literature for children, blending genres, and a preview of the final Spirits novel in my guest blog for novelist, columnist and PR guru Stewart Bint!
Ellie investigates the mystery surrounding 47 Foster Square. Who is the sender of ghostly messages asking her for help? What is the secret of the Meadowes family? And what does Edward know about all this? Find out more.