About Me

 

Before I was a writer, I was a caddie, barman, recycling technician, wine advisor, university lecturer, and English teacher. My time in the classroom inspired me to turn my pen towards writing for younger readers, and now I love visiting schools to help students develop their own writing, and to encourage them to pursue their creative ambitions. 

 

Photo: The Herald & Times

Photo: The Herald & Times

 

As a writer, I’m interested in the stories that take place in the shadows, and exploring the tension between laughter and fear. I love the work of John Steinbeck and Philip Pullman. More than anything else, I love to edit, because that's where the real writing gets done. You can read about how I became a writer here.

 

 

As a human being, I’m interested in spending time with my partner, walking our dog on the beach, trying to make the perfect Old Fashioned, re-watching my favourite films as often as possible, and listening to podcasts whenever I can.

 

Photo: Rob McDougall

Photo: Rob McDougall

 

If you’d like me to visit your school/library/festival to deliver a reading/talk/workshop, click here to find out more about my events- or send me a message

 

 
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