It has been very hard to watch the news this week, but also impossible to look away from it. I find it heartbreaking and enraging that Black people all over the world have been abused and killed by law enforcement for years – the people who we should, in a truly just system, trust to protect us all.… Read more
The full line-up for the Puffin Festival of Big Dreams has now been announced! I’ll be holding my workshop on Saturday the 13th June – and if you tune in that day, you’ll also get the chance to meet REAL LIVE PUFFINS! (Though not in my event, sadly … I wish!)… Read more
Congratulations on another great week of prompt responses! I had great expectations for this week, as I know what brilliant murder mystery authors you are – and you didn’t disappoint! I particularly loved Harmony’s atmospheric Tutankhamun murder mystery, Ria’s eerie Red Killer story, Rainbow 111’s Dying Swan story and Aviane’s department store murder mystery.… Read more
I was delighted to be asked by the wonderful Sarah Webb and Children’s Books Ireland to contribute to the Messages for 6th Class video, for every Irish child whose graduation has been interrupted by the coronavirus outbreak.
I can’t believe it – we’re in the tenth week of these prompts! You’re continuing to be so creative and clever and kind to each other and I couldn’t be happier with how this is going. Thank you for making it so much fun to run! Last week’s prompt was family, and you did not disappoint.… Read more
As part of Puffin’s Big Dreams birthday celebration, they’re running a 300-word writing competition for young authors in partnership with National Book Tokens – and I’m one of the judges!
Along with Yassmin Abdel-Magied, I’ll be judging the 11-14 year old category, and there are also categories for 6-10 year old and 15-18 year old authors.… Read more
I’m delighted to announce that I’m going to be part of the Puffin Festival of Big Dreams, which will take place next month to celebrate my publisher Puffin’s 80th birthday!
The line-up is incredible, and I’m so proud to be part of it. Watch out for more information soon – I can tell you that my event will be a live create-a-mystery, and I’m excited to get fans all around the world involved!… Read more
Death Sets Sail has been given its first review! Fiona Noble in the Bookseller (the magazine for publishers in the UK) made it her book of the month for August, and calls it
A triumphant finale to a much-loved series.
Read the whole review below, as well as an interview with me.… Read more
Well done on another incredible writing prompt response! At the moment, there are so many comments and stories coming in that I know I’m missing some – so if I haven’t responded to you, apologies! I’m delighted by how much you’re enjoying these prompts and I’m very proud to watch your writing improve every week.… Read more
What a week it’s been! I was so excited to announce Death Sets Sail‘s cover and title – and I loved reading your responses to my fanfiction prompt. As I’m trying my hardest not to give you any hints or spoilers, I’m not going to be sharing my favourites here – but know that I thought they were all wonderful, and it’s clear that you care about my characters as much as I do!… Read more