Hanging out with some penguins!

I have probably been a writer for as long as I can remember.  I think I may have killed a forest using up all the notebooks I could get my grubby little paws on, including my sister’s workbooks for school.  I wrote in everything.  And on everything, including our walls in our house in South Africa. Even if it just was my name.

These days I’m a little bit better.  But only a little.  I always have at least 2 (sometimes more) moleskines about my person to write in.  I never kept a diary, but I like for my characters to keep diaries or journals.  I carry two notebooks with me for making notes and have started going practically everywhere with my laptop in tow.

I finished my first ever novel for ages 9+ and had a great time writing it.  But in retrospect I realise I was so in love with it, I put too much stuff in it, and it needs stripping down and rebuilding.  That will be for another day, I think.

Always reading

With hubby Mark, I used to run My Favourite Books blog, along with our good friend Sarah Bryars.  After seven years of reviews and blogging, we shut MFB at the end of 2012 as we wanted to concentrate on other things, like writing, but also reading without having to do “homework”.

In the past I’ve also been known to have an article up over at Mslexia’s blog.  I’ve reviewed over at and I also freelanced at where I reviewed movies, the occasional comic and had the opportunity to write geeky blogs about random things in the world of geeks that I find interesting.

Years ago I  joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI British Isles) and am so pleased that I did.  An organisation like this is the perfect buffer a writer needs – writing is a solitary pursuit, and being able to meet up with others of a like mind and attending professional and masterclasses is inspiring – and fun, of course! I volunteered and ran the Agent’s Party held by SCBWI once a year. I handed that over to new folks but I cannot reiterate how beneficial this type of event is for aspiring writers.

I’m repped by Juliet Mushens and I’m the author of The Blackhart Legacy trilogy.  The complete trilogy is out now in both ebook format and paperback and can be bought from all good bookshops on the high street and online.

The order of sequence for the books are:




Currently I’m working on a fantasy novel for adults, but who knows what may come of that. To find out how to get in touch, swing by my Contact Me page.