The Big Blog of Books and Writing

Welcome to my Big Blog of Books and Writing. If you’re looking for my old blog you can still find that here and my articles for the Awfully Big Blog Adventure here.

After the Election – a response to President-Elect Trump

I have thought long and hard about posting this, but we who are writers must stand up and be counted. Above all, we must call to account the ones who

CHOSEN is nearly here!

I’ve just put up the website page for the continuation of Cleo’s adventures – my newest teen novel, Chosen, which will be out on 10th March. It’s got another amazing

The Joy of Creative Napping

I posted this on another blog some years ago. Someone asked me about it just now, and it has been something that other writers have found very useful when I’ve

It’s #UKYADAY – Win a CLEO Mug to celebrate!

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED It’s #UKYADAY, organised by the amazing @LucyTheReader over on Twitter. To celebrate, I’m giving away one of my fantabulous CLEO mugs. All you have to do is to

The UKYA Easter Egg Hunt

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED! THE WINNER WILL BE NOTIFIED SHORTLY! Welcome to the UKYA Easter Egg Hunt! One very lucky winner will win a HUGE grand prize of signed books

Young Reader Love for Beasts of Olympus

I love getting reviews from young readers, and I was so happy to receive two recent ones about my Beasts of Olympus series – from a five year-old and a

The CLEO cover reveal!

I am SO excited to reveal the brand-new and shiny cover for CLEO, book one of my Young Cleopatra YA novel series. I absolutely love it, and think the Orchard

My Love Letter to Scotland

I had to write this. However you feel, whichever side of the #IndyRef vote you are on, please take it in the spirit with which it is meant. Love. Dear

Piccadilly Press to Publish Beasts of Olympus series

I am absolutely delighted to announce that Piccadilly Press will be publishing my brand-new Beasts of Olympus series in the UK from January 2015 onwards. The announcement was made in today’s

Over on An Awfully Big Blog Adventure…

I have blogged about the first ever Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC) – and the Brilliance of Book Bloggers! Do go and have a read HERE.

Upcoming Events Calendar

You can book me for events by contacting me through my schools page or via my publishers. I do get very booked up around World Book Week in March, so

Writing tips 1: How to Work with Myths and Legends

Since I am this mad mythology-obsessed writer, I thought I’d kick off my series of occasional writing tips and tricks with brief ‘useful guide’ for those of you who might

New Beginnings

Thanks for visiting, and welcome to my brand-new website and blog, created by the brilliant Andrew and Rebecca Brown of Design for Writers.  I’m so happy with it that I