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 ABOUT ME

I was born in 1969 and grew up in Southgate, North London. I loved reading as a child and loved writing stories too. When I was eleven I won a Borough wide creative writing competition.

After school I went to Oxford Brookes University and studied for a degree in Applied Education and Psychology (B.Ed 2.1 1992) before working as a Primary School Teacher in various Enfield and Barnet schools.

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SO HOW DID I BECOME AN AUTHOR?

Although as a child I'd dreamt of being an author, once I finished school I was busy doing other things and didnít find the time or motivation to write. Then in 1996 I began a correspondence course in Writing for Children. I soon began to submit work to publishers, with the encouragement of my tutor.

WAS IT HARD TO GET PUBLISHED?

Yes! I had lots of rejections at first, but many letters included encouraging comments or requests to see more of my work. So I kept writing, and began work on my first full-length novel. It took me eighteen months to write, as I was only doing a little at a time. Then I sent the manuscript of THE WEEKEND GHOST out to publishers. I was absolutely delighted when Andersen Press decided to publish it.

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