I was born in Derbyshire, England and grew up near the Peak District National Park and the town of Chesterfield, famous for its medieval church with the crooked spire. I have a degree in history and have lived in Canada since 1990. I’m also a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature and have been a writer of children’s fiction and non-fiction for many years.
My first novel for middle grade readers, The Alchemist’s Portrait, was published in 2003, followed by The Sorcerer’s Letterbox, The Clone Conspiracy, The Emerald Curse, The Heretic’s Tomb, The Doomsday Mask, The Time Camera, The Sphere of Septimus, Flashback, and Future Imperfect. I’m also the author of The Children’s Writer’s Guide, a contributing author to The Complete Guide to Writing Science Fiction Volume One, have written many non-fiction books for younger readers.
I offer a variety of presentations, workshops and author in residence programs for schools, virtual author visits by video using Skype, work as an instructor for adults with the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, and Chinook Learning Services, and offer online courses for adults and online workshops for both children and young adults.
I’m a regular presenter at conferences and festivals, and have served as a juror for many book awards in Canada. I’m the founder of Children’s Authors and Illustrators on Facebook and served as the Assistant Regional Advisor for SCBWI Western Canada.
For writers, I offer editing, writing workshops and coaching, plus copywriting services for the business community. You can also visit my blog, my channel on YouTube, Fantasy Fiction Focus on YouTube, my boards on Pinterest, follow me on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn, or become a fan on Facebook.
Books are usually available in your local bookstore, at online locations and you can always purchase personally inscribed and autographed copies directly from the author.