A writer of fantasy fiction, and author of the fantasy novel, GRAYNELORE, Published by HarperVoyager.
I’m a British author who has written several successful fantasy novels for older children, young-adults and adult readers. The very first children’s novel I wrote, a comic fantasy adventure called SPILLING THE MAGIC, was published in 1996 by Hodder Children’s Books. This was quickly followed by its sequel FIDDLESTICKS AND FIRESTONES. My most notable success came in 1998 with the publication of the highly acclaimed TOOTH AND CLAW and its sequel SKIN AND BONE which I describe as my ‘gritty, talking animal’ fantasies. THE BRUGAN followed in 1999. DEAD EDWARD, a ghost story, in 2001, and FAY, an urban fairy tale, in 2006. Finally, 2015 saw the appearance of my very first fantasy novel for adults when the British publisher Harper Voyager published GRAYNELORE, which I like to describe as my ‘grown-up fairy tale’. Along the way I’ve had books translated into Hebrew, Italian and Russian. (If I’ve yet to see the Russian translation!)
I live in the North of England, a beautiful landscape with a rich history, which has been a strong influence on many of my fictional worlds.
A long time ago, before I discovered the magic of storytelling, I was an exhibition designer and I have fond memories of working in the strange old world of museums. Particularly York Castle Museum, and the Wordsworth Museum at Dove Cottage, in Grasmere. Sometimes I can still be found in auction houses pawing over old relics!
I’ve shared my home with several of the animals that frequent my books, if not the flying pigs or foul-smelling brugan. I’m into rock music and movies, history and RPG video games! And of course, I love books, old and new. If pushed very hard to name my favourite book of all time, I’d have to say: it’s a dead heat between, Robert Westall’s The Machine Gunners and Robert Louis Stephenson’s Treasure Island (the first book to inspire me as a child). Maybe, my own books are OK too?
I have now retired and no longer write. However, I am most definitely not dead. The adventure goes on…
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Here’s the ebook cover of my fantasy for older children/Young Adults, ‘Fay’. Tell me truthfully, do you believe in faeries…?