How to love your bad reviews

OK, so that’s a bit misleading. No one could LOVE their bad reviews. But we can learn to love how they encourage us to grow. So far, I feel incredibly lucky that Composite Creatures, Little Quakes Every Day, ad Bone Ovation have been well-received. It’s one of the most wonderful feelings in the world, to…

Today’s the day – COMPOSITE CREATURES launch party!

Today’s the day – Composite Creatures is finally officially launched! Wooooooo! I’m now a published poet and novelist. It feels INCREDIBLE. I’ve been overwhelmed with the reviews so far, it’s like a dream. It’s such a privilege to make people think. And tonight is the official online launch party, too! Streamed on YouTube here or…

Online Launch for COMPOSITE CREATURES – 13th April

Here it is… the launch of my debut novel COMPOSITE CREATURES on 13th April, at 7pm! This free online event will feature myself in conversation with Carys Bray, and the whole thing will be live illustrated by the incredible Chris Riddell! It’d be so amazing if friends could join. It’ll stream live on YouTube, so…

We are BOOKISH TAKE

Welcome… to BOOKISH TAKE! During January, fellow Angry Robot author Gabriela Houston (of The Second Bell) and I have been preparing something very special – Bookish Take! Here’s the teaser trailer… In this short YouTube series, we discuss our publishing journey, from choosing our initial story ideas to pitching to agents and publishers. We go…

Stories for Noah

2021 has only really begun, and for me it continues to be a year of making things. Books, knitting,… and now a newborn. Last month, amidst writing stories and promotion for Composite Creatures, I had a baby boy. Noah. And though writing will be paced for a long while, I’m even more determined to make…

Composite Creatures – on the wireless

It’s been a while! But A LOT has been happening, which I’ll explain over the next couple of blogs. Its been a busy and odd year so far – and I’m so glad to have you with me along the way. I breached 2021 knowing this year was going to be a biggie. One reason…

A Wintery Catch Up (and a call for support)

I received SUCH an exciting package last week. I lifted it up off the doormat and my arm ‘zinged’. Want to see inside? And those are just SOME of what was in the envelope! It was all the original illustrations from Chris Riddell’s role in my launch for Little Quakes Every Day last month –…

Watch a video from LITTLE QUAKES (and the launch is this week!)

If anything proves how fast time flies, it’s setting a launch date comfortably far in the future and then seeing how quickly it appears under your nose again. Unbelievably, the online launch of Little Quakes Every Day is in three days (this Friday, 20th November), and I’m doing some prep today. 😊 At the event…

Unboxing Little Quakes Every Day

Hoorah – sound the trumpets! For Little Quakes Every Day is officially published! Yesterday was launch day for my first full collection, and it was amazing to see lots of pre-orders arriving on the same day. I can’t wait to hear what you all think of it (though of course, in true ‘me’ fashion, I’m…

Little Quakes Every Day Launch with live illustration from Chris Riddell

It’s finally time to announce the details for my online launch for Little Quakes Every Day on 20th November, and I’ll be joined by some very special guests indeed… Hosted online by Northern Writers Studio, from 7.30pm UK time we’ll be chatting about the book and writing in general, before being joined by guest readers…