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The Truth About Lies is a World book Night 2020 title 

A fun time on the authors' team for the SW Regional Kids' lit quiz

Thrilled to be on the shortlist for The Concorde Book Award 2020

So pleased to be on the shortlist for The Warwickshire Year 9 Book Award Shortlist decided by students across Warwickshire

Talking about the importance of endings in novels and short stories for Writing Events Bath

Much fun in a big tent at Wychwood Festival in Cheltenham having a battle with horror writer Gabriel Dylan over which is best: Thriller vs Horror

Fab visits to the YA Groups at Yate library and Hanham library to talk about The Truth About Lies and how an idea goes from your notebook to on the bookshop shelf.

Had a glorious day with 12 schools celebrating reading at Downside School for the Centurion Book Award 2019. What an honour to be shortlisted and meet hundreds of keen readers!

What an evening to remember forever with all the Stripes team at the Waterstones
Children’s Book Prize evening at Waterstones Piccadilly! Very glitzy indeed. Well done to lovely
winner Onjali Rauf who won with the amazing The Boy at the Back of the Class. So many ‘pinch me’
moments being on the shortlist chatting to booksellers and seeing my book in windows!

Met lots of amazing writers across the school at KES Bath doing talks and workshops.
Presented prizes to the winners of the poetry competition which I had such a hard time judging and
launched the short story competition.

I'm thrilled to bits and very grateful to the lovely booksellers at Waterstones for shortlisting The Truth About Lies for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2019.

Very pleased to be shortlisted for the BANES Centurion Book Award 2019 chosen by young people.

Twitter @CenturionAward

Looking forward to chatting about identity with YA Lit Cardiff on Saturday the 29th

Very pleased to be part of #BookPenPals which matches writers with schools to share writing tips and recent book recommendations. I'll be sending out monthly postcards to my three schools.

"A snappy teen thriller that weaves together themes of friendship and memory"- Read more of Nic Bottomley's (Of Mr B's fame) kind review in September's edition of Bath Life, here.

So pleased to be have had The Truth About Lies mentioned as an "Assured and charismatic debut"  on the Guardian's 'Books of the month'

Read their review here:

I'll be attending YALC and taking part in the panel event 'The suspense is killing me'

I am on #ukteenchat on Tuesday 24th July on twitter. 


Very flattered by this recommendation from i Newspaper


The Truth about Lies will be published on the 12th  July. Save the date!


I was on #SundayYA on 8th  July. Check it out now on Twitter!


The Truth About Lies was launched on the 5th of July at Waterstones Bath. It was a really great event. Thanks to everyone who came along!


I went in to King Edward's School, Bath to talk about being an author , getting a book to publication and to lead some writing exercises. Book Camp about memory and writing. Some very promising young writers there!

The Truth About Lies is at the printers! I'm busy preparing for the book launch at Waterstones, Bath, on 5th July. 

I'm also very busy writing blogs for a Blog Tour in the coming weeks on topics ranging from writing groups to memory tips to how I got published. 

I'm very happy to say that I was on a panel discussing YA and Deception at Waterstones, Islington, with Julia Gray and Sue Wallman, chaired by Guardian critic Imogen Russell Williams. It wase a lively discussion covering amoral characters, toxic friendships and dark deception!  Click here for more information.

Here is the grand reveal of my official book cover for The Truth About Lies, out July 2018. I love it!

I'll Be Home For Christmas

Take the Memory Test


Back in January 2018, I took part in the Stripes YA Showcase at The Coin Laundry, London, talking for the first time about Jess and The Truth About Lies.

Because the story is all about memory, I started it off by playing the classic memory game with items from the book. Ready? Click on the photo to enlarge it. It has many different objects Jess uses in the story. Look at the photo for ten seconds... Now continue reading.

I outlined the plot without giving away any spoilers. And I spoke about my fascination with memory and exploring to what extent are our memories true or reconstructions and how to improve our memory. On that note, click on the photo. Can you remember the item that's missing? 

Thrilled that The Truth About Lies has won the Warwickshire Year 9 Book Award! December 2019