I’ve written lots of books (picture books and chapter books) but I’m still drawing the pictures for some of them – or reading through others and making a few final tweaks with a red pen!
My stories can be about anything – talking tigers, creepy
clocks, time-travelling 10-year-olds, magic carpets, mischievous babies, over-enthusiastic genies and magical sea glass.
A lot of them celebrate diversity because I think it is important that we should see ourselves when we’re reading a story or imagine ourselves at the centre of an adventure.
I started to write children’s stories after my daughters (who are mixed race) complained about the lack of leading characters that looked like them – especially in chapter books.
So I created a girl, based on them, called Laurella Swift. I hope you will enjoy reading all about her and her many adventures.
I love reading children’s books – new ones, old favourites and really old ones that I didn’t get round to reading when I was a child.
I like to make lists of ‘best books’ and then share them with other people so check out my regular blog reviews and see what you think to my story suggestions.