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Monday, 28 October 2019

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Confession: I'm a bit of a chicken. I don't really like scary things, but I do love lots of things about Halloween - I love carving pumpkins...

I love trick-or-treating and I ESPECIALLY love dressing up!

Actually, one of my favourite things about being a children's author is getting to visit schools in costume - especially on World Book Week when all the kids dress up too! It's such fun seeing everyone in all their different costumes! But even if it isn't World Book Week I often like to dress up as my characters! Whether it's The Wickedest Witch:

Or as Lucy from Mumnesia...

I love a good excuse to dress up - especially when other people dress up too!

Some people's costumes are so good you can't even tell who's underneath! In fact, that gave me an idea for a story...What if one of the people at a Halloween party wasn't wearing a ghost costume...but actually WAS a ghost?! This is exactly what happens in my spooky Halloween story SCARY SCOTT - though actually poor Scott is anything but scary...

He is a lonely ghost who's desperate for a friend...but everybody's scared of him.

Until one day he goes to a costume party. He has a great time, playing with everyone, making friends and having fun - until the moment comes when everybody takes off their costumes....

Will Scott's new friends still like him when they discover he really is a ghost?
Find out more at

I hope you all have fun dressing up, and have a very Happy Halloween!

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Un Anniversaire Sans Fin!

Whew! It's been a very exciting few weeks, capped off with some very VERY exciting news!
Hot on the heels of being nominated for the Lancashire Fantastic Book Award, The Never-Ending Birthday is going to be published in French!
Sacre Bleu!

It's always so exciting to see one of my books in another language - especially when they re-design the whole cover! It's like seeing the finished book for the very first time all over again! 
I LOVED the original cover (designed by Lilly Lazuli) with its towering toppling birthday cake, but I equally love the madcap French cover with all its little clues as to what's going to happen in the story! The story follow twins Max and Anni (or Mila and Max in the French version) as they have the worst birthday ever. As they gloomily blow out their birthday candles they simultaneously wish to redo their birthday - and they do! Over and over again! 

I think both covers perfectly capture the chaos and fun of the story - Which do you prefer?
Ooh, I wonder if I'll go to France for any school visits? I love visiting schools, and last year this time I was visiting a school in Uzbekistan! That was an adventure and a half - especially when I nearly missed my flight home (accidentally of course 😉) 
This year I was visiting schools in the UK for World Book week and - apart from getting some funny looks on the train (no idea why!) - I had a wonderful time! 

I love World Book Week - as an author I spend most of my time on my own with just my laptop for company, so it's always a lot of fun to get out and actually meet lots of readers and make up stories together. The children's imagination, inventiveness and enthusiasm never fail to blow me away, and to see their love of reading is truly heartening. Thank you so much to all the children, teachers and librarians who made me feel so welcome! (And if you'd like me to visit your school, check out my school visit info by clicking here!)

Then hot on the heels of World Book Week was the London Book Fair! It's such an exciting place to be - the moment you walk in the door you feel the buzz of thousands of book-lovers and book-creators of all different kinds gathered in one building. They'd even created a lovely fake farm area complete with swings, hay-bale bean-bags, a river, and even a tractor! 

There were fascinating industry talks, very interesting meetings with lovely publishers, and one of the best things was hanging out with my Mum (Elizabeth Dale) and sister (Jenny Jinks) who are both also children's authors! It was so exciting spotting our books on the different stands. Jenny and I even found a Bedtime Treasury we'd written together!

And I was thrilled to spot so many of my books on the Maverick Books spinner! 
 (though I was rather less thrilled to discover I'd dressed to match the carpet! 😆)

To top it all off, we were invited to the wonderful Maverick Books' 10 year anniversary party, where we mingled with even more lovely authors, illustrators, publishers and agents. 
Children's publishing really is such a lovely friendly world that I feel very lucky to be a part of.

Happy reading! x

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Pancake Day Quiz Question!

Yum! It's Pancake Day!

What's your favourite topping? Sweet or savoury? I love both, and you can never go wrong with the classic lemon and sugar, but I think my all-time favourite is bananas and cream and toffee sauce!

But in my story BIG PANCAKE TO THE RESCUE the world's biggest pancake doesn't want any topping at all - he wants to be free! He escapes from his baker and runs away, and gets into a LOT of trouble!

He's pretty big! Big enough to sit on and float down the river!

But do you know how heavy the World's Biggest Pancake really was?
a) 1 tonne
b) 2 tonnes
c) 3 tonnes

Have a guess! 😊 (answer at the bottom of the page)

c) 3 tonnes! That's one ENORMOUS pancake!!

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

National Tell A Fairy Tale Day!

Happy National Tell a Fairy Tale Day!
I couldn't let such a fantastic day pass without...telling a fairy tale!
 (with a twist, of course 😃)
Have you ever wondered if the baddies are REALLY so bad? Maybe they have their own tale to tell - like The Big Bad Werewolf!

If your like fairy tales with a twist you might like these too...
For more information click here
Cheeky Scarlet takes buns and cakes to her Gran’s house, but she always eats them before she gets there! Maybe the Big Bad Wolf will pay her a visit…

Prince Rupert longs to play with the other village children, but his mother, the Queen, wants to find a real princess to be his playmate. She has a clever plan to find a real princess for her son...but Rupert has a plan all of his own.

Thumbelina dreams of being a model on the catwalk. She has big dreams of stardom...but not very much luck at being noticed! When a local fashion show comes to town, is this her big chance? 

Thursday, 14 February 2019

International Book Giving Day - GIVEAWAY!

It may be Valentine's Day, but more importantly it's also

#InternationalBookGivingDay! 📚💕

To celebrate I'm doing a special giveaway - with a difference!

To enter, simply contact me at
to say which of my books pictured below
you'd like to give someone, and why!

Happy Book Giving Day!

Friday, 8 February 2019

Cambridge Central Library Mega Author Event - Sat 9th Feb!

If you live in the Cambridge area, do come along and join me and fifteen author local children's authors at this fab fun FREE event on Saturday 9th February! 

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Mwa-ha-ha-happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone!

I have a confession - I'm a bit of a wimp. Scary stories give me nightmares, I can't even watch horror films, and in my whole life I had never carved a Halloween pumpkin!

But this year I have embraced Halloween.

I have gone pumpkin-picking...

I have carved a pumpkin (much harder than I thought!)

 I went on a spooky lantern-lit walk through the underground labyrinth that once imprisoned Dracula! Mwa-ha-ha-ha!

And I even have a spooky book coming out with Maverick Books - "Scary Scott"!

and a Halloween story for teen readers "Trick or Tweet" in the fab Stories From The Edge anthology

What's your favourite spooky story?

Whatever you're up to, I hope you have a very Happy Halloween!

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