How cool, my own place where we can all chill out, chat and spill the girly goss! Plus, I get to show you some of my pix and reveal some top secret info, too. Fabulissimo!
Totally Secret Info About Me (shhhhhhh!)
I live in Haslemere, Surrey with my lovely man, our gorgeous daughter little miss Holly Bee, cool mini-dude Freddie and our super-speedy, fairly smelly dogs Lottie the Lu and Finn.
My life's ambition is to be a showgirl in Paris 100 years ago (erm, not really possible that one! - Ed.) OK, then, to be a writer - so I am actually doing it - yay! I'd also love a go on a flying trapeze (mainly because of the spangly costume!).
Birthday: 3rd January 1975
Star sign: Capricorn (we're meant to be practical)
Fave colour: Purple
Fave animal: Monkey
Ideal pet: A purple monkey
Fave hobbies: Dancing, horse riding, yoga and playing the guitar very badly (though not all at once!)
Official Info About Me
After university, I worked as a copywriter in an advertising agency and then as a pre-prep teacher at the wonderful Merlin School. I loved reading to my class - and decided to start writing myself! After completing a creative MA and practising a lot, I was thrilled when my Mermaid Rock stories hit the shelves in 2003, and I have now written over forty books for children and teens. I love being an author - the writing itself is such fun, the school visits are great, and it's a licence to be nosy!
Here's a little list of my favourite things, just in case you were wondering!
Faviest Food: Chocolate (ahem, how did you guess?! Curly Wurlys and Fudges are my fave but I have also recently had a craze on Crunchies), crumpets with loads of butter and honey, cherries and a big roast dinner (though not all at once!!)
Faviest Tunes: I like loads of different music, I have 850 songs on my iPod and I usually just put it on shuffle! At the moment I'm loving some of my old faves like Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Tori Amos, Nick Drake and The Velvet Underground. Here is my fave iPod playlist, which I have on a loop at the mo!Rebellion (Lies) - Arcade Fire
The Boy With The Arab Strap - Belle & Sebastian
Something For The Weekend - Divine Comedy
Hotel Yorba - The White Stripes
Danse Macabre - Saint-Saens
It's True That We Love One Another - The White Stripes
I'm Sticking With You - The Velvet Underground
Bones - The Killers
Chocolate Jesus - Tom Waits
Run - Snow Patrol
Faviest Books: I LOVE Cathy Cassidy's books and have read most of them now (still a few to go though - yay!). I think my fave is Sundae Girl, and I’m loving the Chocolate Box Girls series. I also love Louise Rennison's Georgia Nicholson books, Hilary McKay’s Casson Family books, the Lottie Biggs books by Hayley Long, and Holly Webb’s Rose series. I love reading Lisa Jewel's books, and always get excited when a new one comes out, and the same for Marian Keyes too.
Faviest TV and Films: Skins, Friends, old episodes of Jonathan Creek on G.O.L.D, Lost in Austen (LOVE Jemima Rooper!), the Twilight films, Harry Potter (of course!), Gavin and Stacey, Hollyoaks (I am seriously addicted to it!), Almost Famous, About a Boy, Love Actually - I am SUCH a girl, aren't I?!
Faviest Places: New Zealand, here in my writing room looking out at all the trees in the wood behind our house, Giraffe restaurants (check out the Mango Mama smoothies - delish!), Spain, Crete, sitting outside little cafés anywhere, Chiswick in West London where I used to live especially Chiswick House Park, the river and Sam's Brasserie (oh dear, it does always seem to come back to food with me, doesn't it?!!).
Other stuff I lurve: Stationery shops, chemists (weird, I know, but I love looking at all the lotions and potions!), Morris Minors, really yummy-smelling bubble baths, going for walks in the woods with the aforementioned quite smelly super-speedy dog, lovely deep blue swimming pools and sandy beaches, and playing with the little Holly Bee, even if it IS the millionth time we've sung Row Row Row Your Boat!!!