I am a London-based novelist, scriptwriter and journalist.
I write in different genres and for different ages.
The Many Lives of John Stone
Stella Park has found summer work cataloging historical archives in a remote and beautiful house in Suffolk, England. She wasn’t quite sure what to expect, and her uncertainty only increases upon arriving.
The notebooks she’s organizing span centuries – they begin in the court of Louis XIV in Versailles – but are written in the same hand. Something strange is going on for sure, and Spark’s questions are piling up. Who exactly is John Stone? What connection does he have to these notebooks? And more importantly, why did he hire her in the first place?
I’m a London-based writer. I’ve written for newspapers, radio and television, but since 2005 I’ve focused on writing fiction for young adults and teens. I consider myself extremely lucky to have been able to do what I dreamed of doing from an early age.
I started to write my first novel, Gideon the Cutpurse, to encourage my son to read. I didn’t think anyone else would see it, so had fun with it, reading it to my children every Sunday after supper. If my son looked bored (and he often did!), I knew I’d have to rewrite that chapter. If I got a gasp, or a “Oh, Mum, I can’t believe you did that!” I’d be really pleased. Finishing that story (the writing and, in particular, the re-writing) got me hooked on becoming a novelist – and there’s been no end to the learning curve.
The Gideon Trilogy
The Time Travelers
The year is 1763. Gideon Seymour, thief and gentleman, is hiding from the villainous Tar Man. Suddenly the sky peels away like fabric, and from the gaping hole fall two curious-looking children.
The Time Thief
An accident with an antigravity machine catapulted Peter Schock and Kate Dyer back to 1763. A bungled rescue attempt leaves Peter stranded in the eighteenth century while a terrifying villain, the Tar Man, takes his place and explodes onto twenty-first-century London.
The Time Quake
Time itself is splintering. If the catastrophic consequences of time travel are now impossible to ignore, Lord Luxon only has eyes for its awesome possibilities. He has his sights set on no lesser prize than America.
18 September, 2020
“I can’t imagine that anyone has conveyed the feeling of nostalgia better than Evelyn Waugh in Brideshead; nostalgia for youth and happier times, but also for the great country houses of England.“
23 June, 2020
“The scariest manifestation of writer’s block comes when writing the first draft. You have to trust that the words will come. You must ignore the devil on your shoulder that insists that they won’t..“
7 March, 2020
“How fantastic it would be for the writer to be granted an impossible insider’s view; to hitch a ride on the tailcoat of her words and hear her reader’s synapses crackle.“
17 August, 2019
20 October, 2018
25 September, 2018
25 May, 2018
I appeared on the ITV News London.