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ALL ABOUT ME  I was born in Cheshire, England and grew up in Australia and New Zealand. I now live in Buckinghamshire next door to my daughter and family. I have three cats, Bella,  Daisy, and an Abyssinian kitten, Alfie.

WRITING I enjoyed writing essays at school but was useless at writing stories. Nevertheless, I wrote my first book when I was 14 and sent it to a publisher who wrote back a very nice rejection letter! My first book to be published (many years later) was called Avalanche (Hamish Hamilton).

For many years I have been a tutor for both Writers' News and The Writers Bureau's Writing for Children courses, as well as their Proof-reading and copy-editing course.

I have had a number of verses published in greetings cards, calendars, diaries and educational resources.  

LIKES Animals (most), roller coasters, steam trains, skiing, plain chocolate.

DISLIKES Doing housework, weeding, parsnips.

AFRAID OF... Large insects, cassowaries, climbing ladders.

HOBBIES Reading, playing the violin, singing, watching films, pottering in the garden, doing prize puzzles (but have won very little)

WHAT MAKES ME MAD Injustice, inefficiency