So I write books for children. I do that here, in a wooden hut in the garden – these are some of the books I use to research what I need to know before I start to write. The corgi at the top of the pile came from Buckingham Palace. Honestly!


Sometimes I tear myself away from the hut to go and talk about my books. Here I am at the Edinburgh Book Festival, with Emma Carroll, who also writes historical fiction for children. We’d just done an event talking to lots of children, and we’re just about to start signing books for them. Incidentally, you probably can’t see it very well in the photograph, but Emma and I are wearing themed tops – hers has palm trees and Egyptian buildings, because her book is set in Egypt, and mine has gardens, because my book is about plant hunters.


There’s lots more about the books and about writing on the rest of the site – do have a wander round! And if there’s anything you want to ask, use the contact sheet to get in touch.