What's your book about?
Riverkeep is inspired by the real-life river men of the Glasgow Humane Society, and blends classic, gothic horror with contemporary humour. Here's a short synopisis:
Fifteen-year-old Wulliam is due to take over as Riverkeep from his father, meaning he'll spend his life patrolling the banks, rescuing the drowning and recovering the drowned... but he does not want this wilderness life, and is preparing to run away.
Then everything changes.
His father is taken under the water by a skin-stealing spirit, and Wull embarks on an epic journey down the river he's never explored in pursuit of the mormorach: a monster of myth and magic he believes holds the cure his father desperately needs. Reluctantly gathering a band of misfits and rogues as he rows towards the coast, Wull faces unimaginable dangers, and learns what it means to be the Riverkeep.
What's your next book about?
The next book is due out in January 2018, and is nothing to do with Riverkeep!
Set in 1986, and soaked in a riot of 80s culture―from Nintendo to Hall and Oates ―THE SACRIFICE BOX is a comedy horror about friendship, growing up, and finding our place in the world: Gremlins meets The Breakfast Club by way of Ghostbusters and Stephen King. With, I hope, the scariest teddy bear in the history of fiction. Here's the story...
Sep, Arkle, Mack, Lamb and Hadley: five friends thrown together one summer. When they discover an ancient stone box in the forest, they decide to each make a sacrifice: something special, committed to the box forever. And they make a pact.
They will never return to the box at night;
they'll never visit it alone;
and they'll never take back their offerings.
Four years later, a series of strange and terrifying events take place. Someone broke the rules, and now everyone has to pay. But how much are they willing to sacrifice?
Reminiscent of Stephen King, Stranger Things, and Roald Dahl's darkest stories, this is a powerful and thrilling story from one of the most exciting and talented new voices in YA.
I'm very, very excited about this one. Due for release on 11th January 2018, there'll be a cover reveal and more to follow!
How did you become a writer?
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
I sure do. As I said above, it took me ten years to get published, and throughout that time I was hungry for every bit of advice and every publication story I could get (still am). Click here to read my nuggets of wisdom, such as they are.
Do you charge for readings/events?
Yes: event fees are significant part of my income and, like most people, I can't afford to work for free. My rates - £175 plus travel for one hour-long event, £275 plus travel for two, and £350 for the whole day - are well within Book Trust and Society of Author guidelines, and I'd be delighted to discuss a special rate if you have any unusual event requirements! Please contact me if you'd like to discuss any aspect of my events or pricing.