Who are your favourite children’s authors?
When I was growing up I loved Enid Blyton, Noel Streatfield, KM Peyton, as well as the Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys and the 3 Investigators series, but I read anything and everything. Now, I really like Kirsty MacKay’s Undead books, and anything by Meg Cabot and David Walliams.
Why do you write for children?
I want to write for adults as well, but when my niece was growing up, I started to write stories for, and about, her. Doing that inspired me to write for children.
What do you like best about being a writer?
Everything! I like making up stories, the whole process of writing and editing, and talking about my books. I’m lucky because I also do freelance work writing feature articles, so I still keep in touch with the real world.
Where did you get the idea for the Sabrina Summers Sagas?
It’s based on a short story I wrote for my step-daughter’s birthday one year, when she and her friends are transported into the characters of fairytale characters. I thought it would be fun to develop it.
Is the character of Bridget Bishop Summers based on you?
Not really. She has different colored eyes like me, but I promise I’m not a witch. I relate mostly to the character of Olive because I’m also not very sporty.
There’s been a lot of buzz about the Autumn Pugh series. Tell us about that.
I have been talking about a girl detective called Autumn Pugh for ages, and I have developed twelve titles and storylines. Now I just have to sit down and write the novels. Basically, she is a teenager who isn’t sure what she wants to do when she leaves school, and finds that she has a talent for being a private investigator because she’s nosey! She has an interesting family and lives in a village called Little Manders where unfortunately the murder rate is outrageously high so she gets plenty of business.
You have made this website ‘dyslexia friendly’.
Yes, that’s right. I did a lot of research, so I hope that people with dyslexia find this site easy to read and navigate. I am open to suggestions for improvement. I’ve done a lot of research on dyslexia and made sure all my books are available in dyslexia-friendly format. I really wish all the mainstream publishers and bookstores would do the same.
You suggest that your readers think about giving homes to animals from rescue shelters, don’t go to entertainments where animals suffer, and think of ways they can help children in the third world. Are these issues important to you?
Yes, I strongly believe in kindness to animals and people; I think that most children would do whatever they could to reduce suffering.