My Blog

Blogging again!

It’s been ages I know but at last my brand-new website is up and running and I’m back in touch with the world. I’ve been busy moving house but now I’m back at my desk (same desk, different view) and putting finishing touches to my latest book, “My Funny Family Gets Funnier”. Will be blogging regularly, I... read more

New website

Will soon be having a new website so you can find out all about my younger books for primary school age readers as well as my older books for teen readers. Don’t worry, I’ll let you know when it’s all happening. It will have the same website address: and the same email contact: Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like me to visit your school, attend a festival or just want to ask me a question about my... read more

My Funny Family Saves the Day

Nearly finished writing the sixth book of the My Funny Family series and the Butterfields just get madder and madder. Now comes the nice bit, choosing the scenes to be illustrated. This one won’t be out till next year but the good news is, My Funny Family Moves House is out on July 3rd. Will be at Waterstones in Truro to celebrate. See you... read more

Leedstown Primary

Was great to talk to the children of Leedstown Primary and Gwithian Primary about writing as a career. Your questions were really good and it was fab to meet with so many keen readers and writers. Am so enjoying my primary school visits.   read more

Book Awards

Always an honour to be shortlisted for a Book Award. Awards are a bit like buses-you wait for one for ages and then two come along at once! Hugely excited to be on the shortlist for the Surrey Book Award for “My Funny Family Gets Bigger” and the KYBA for my teen book, “The Day I Met... read more

World Book Night

Two World Book Night events this week, one at the local library, one at the local pub! What better places could you have to enjoy books? read more

Queen of Teen

Hi to all fans who would like to nominate me for Queen of Teen. Please nominate me by Tuesday 29th April. I can only make the short list if you guys are kind enough to nominate me. Many thanks,... read more

Surrey Schools and My Funny Family

Loved being in Surrey at Loseley Primary, St Barts and St Matts this week. You guys knew those books so well you really kept me on my toes! My silly website won’t let me post the photos at the moment but I’ll keep trying. In the meantime I’ve got some great ideas for two more new My Funny Family books to keep me... read more

A Great Email from a Fan

Just wanted to tell you how much I loved your book ‘He’s After Me’! You visited my school a while back, Bishop Walsh and I had actually read He’s After Me a while ago. It was a wonderful book with a great plot line that refused to let me put the book down. I finished it very quickly as I am such a bookworm. I really hope there is a sequel as you left it on such a cliffhanger! I’d love to know what happens to all the characters, especially about how Anna felt after her sister’s death. Would she find Jem? Would anyone? Would he continue to graffiti? I just hope you carry out another book because this one was absolutely brilliant. The story is so gripping and I couldn’t stop reading when I picked it up. I was incredibly impressed with the ending of the book. Sad and heart breaking, but so realistic. But I feel that it’s unfinished and I believe a sequel would be perfect – no matter how short or long. Although, one thing about the book was that I felt we didn’t get enough of Jem’s point of view. Yes, the short snippets were very effective, however, I think a lot of fans would of loved more of an insight into his mind. Anyway, the reason I decided to read this book was when you visited our school, you read out the first couple of pages and I found it very interesting. I decided to pick up the book and I must say, excellent choice of the front cover&title. It really drew me... read more

Loose Muse

Will be at the Acorn Theatre, Penzance on Friday, Feb 21st for a vibrant new women’s spoken word event called Loose Muse. I’ll be reading and talking about my work along with great writers and performers such as Agnes Meadows, Ann Alexander, Jane Pugh, Angela Stoner and Fi Read to name but a few. Come along to this great platform for women writers of all genres to showcase their work, be it poetry, stories, plays, songwriting, travel-writing, blogs etc. Lots of interaction and some open-mic slots. And yes, men are welcome and it’s... read more