I love writing books for both children and adults.  As well as being a performance poet and storyteller, where I get to perform my work and deliver workshops both in educational settings and in the community.

I have always been an avid reader, and could always be found with my head in a book as a child.  My reading tastes are quite varied.  I love reading the classics, thrillers, science-fiction, crime, Gothic literature, historical fiction, autobiographies and poetry.  My favourite authors are J K Rowling, The Brontës, Jane Austen, Anne McCaffrey and Willow Rose.

Whilst my favourite way to relax is to escape with a good book.  I also enjoy going to the theatre (especially musical theatre), listening to music and being a school governor.

I live in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire with my husband, fellow author and illustrator, Glenn Martin James and our two daughters, Charlotte and Elizabeth.  We are also lucky enough to share our home with three cats – Lola, Daisy and Smokey. 

I am available for author visits at schools, nurseries, colleges, universities, libraries, museums, clubs (e.g. brownies, scouts, holiday/after-school clubs, etc) and at community events.  I am also able to deliver talks about my work and career.  Please see the Author Visits Page for more details.