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Castleford Literary Festival

I have just returned from Yorkshire where I was holding an Alien Making Workshop as part of the Castleford Literary Festival (run by the Wakefield Lit Fest in association with the Castleford Heritage Trust). I partly agreed to do it … Continue reading

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Honest Author Blog

The Bookseller just featured my #GetPetsReading campaign in their Pictures of the Week feature. I believe this is the first mention I have had in The Bookseller since my first book, “The Dragon Detective Agency: Case of the Missing Cats” … Continue reading

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Are you a Celebrity Author?

It has recently come to light that some authors don’t know if they are celebrities or not. Hopefully, this short quiz will clear that up. How was it getting your first book deal? a) Hard b) Really hard c) Fine. … Continue reading

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International School Visits

Being invited to visit international schools feels like such an honour. It’s not just the opportunity to visit parts of the world I’ve never visited before. It is the chance to meet some truly fascinating children with a uniquely pan-national … Continue reading

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My 10-Year Author-versary

This year I’m marking my tenth year as a published author. In January 2007 my first book came out, The Dragon Detective Agency: Case of the Missing Cats (Bloomsbury). It was the first in a series of four. It had … Continue reading

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Thornthwaite Book Tour

One of the things I love about having a new book come out is the chance to get out and meet readers. School visits are one of the best parts of the job. This November saw the publication of my … Continue reading

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Book Launch – The Thornthwaite Betrayal

This week I celebrated the publication of my second book about the Thornthwaite twins with a book launch at Daunts Books on Cheapside in London. In the company of friends, family, publishers, booksellers and colleagues, past and present, we marked … Continue reading

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#KillaCharacter

In order to mark the forthcoming publication of The Thornthwaite Betrayal (October 20th – published by Piccadilly Books), everyone’s favourite murderous twins, Lorelli & Ovid Thornthwaite have offered their services to rid the world of other fictional characters. Using the … Continue reading

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Make a ‘Killer’ Book Promo Video

As with many of my ideas, this is more last minute than it should have been but I’m going to give it a go anyway. Calling all schools, pupils, teachers, Steven Spielbergs… If you would like to have a go … Continue reading

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Presenting Sports – Child’s Play

Exciting news. I have decided to become a professional sports presenter. I realise this news may come as a surprise to those of you who know me since I have never hitherto shown the remotest interest in a) sports b) … Continue reading

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