I grew up in the countryside, where I used to do stupid but fun things like jumping off the bridge into the river. I also watched a lot of TV, read a lot of books, and ate a lot of chips. I got bored easily so I was always making up stories when I was meant to be thinking about something else. I felt a strong connection with the landscape around me, and all the things that had happened there in the past, as if I were part of it. There was a dark pool down a lane where I was convinced they used to dunk witches. I had an overactive imagination then and I still do. Now I’m an adult, I live in London with my husband, Will, and our little boy, Evan. I write a lot and escape back to the countryside on the weekends.
I wrote my first novel when I was twelve — it was dreadful but I loved doing it. When I grew up, I went off to college, where I started writing what became Bloodline. When I graduated I stopped writing for years and worked in publishing, which was brilliant, although I always felt something was missing, and I could never quite let go of Essa as a character. It wasn’t till a friend read Bloodline and gave me the confidence to finish it that I really started writing again. I’m glad I did. I don’t know why, but my main characters always seem to be boys. I used to like to write early in the morning, and once I’ve got going, it can be hard to stop. I had a full-time job while I was finishing Bloodline and became quite hermit-like. I missed a lot of parties and didn’t see some of my friends for months but I didn’t care: I was having a massive adventure. I had a lot of catching up to do afterwards, though. Now that I have Evan to look after, I write whenever I can!
Three Things You Might Not Know About Me:
1. I love dressing up — especially being a pirate. They had such great clothes.
2. I want to sail around the world one day.
3. I am scared of heights. I wish I could jump off rocks into the sea but I just can’t.