I am a writer for children and young people. My favourite kind of stories are ones where very ordinary people do very extraordinary things. So, these are the kind of stories I set out to write; real life, but with the promise of adventure.
Before becoming a writer, I was an archaeologist, a nurse, a theatre usher and a museum security guard. It was while working at the museum that I realised there a way to steal anything if you think about it hard enough. I either had to become a master thief, or create some characters to do it for me so I began my debut novel, How Kirsty Jenkins Stole The Elephant which was shortlisted for the Waterstones’ Children’s Book Prize and longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. My second novel How Ali Ferguson Saved Houdini came about when I wondered if it would be possible to keep a zoo in a terraced house.
Though I was born in Wales, I now live in Bristol with my husband and my dog, Biff.
sprayed on a wall? that's a novel interpretation, she certainly gets around. Peko-chan predates Hello Kitty in Japan by a generation, she's an iconic character, having been licking her lips on Fujiya's products and outside their stores since the early 1950's.
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