Frequently asked questions

You write for teens and adults and you have written in both the thriller and romance genres. Why?

I don’t really think in terms of age groups or genres – at least not to start with. The story begins with a character and/or a situation that I REALLY want to write about. Deciding which ‘shelf’ to put the book on comes later.

Do you ever do author visits or book signings?

I don’t visit schools privately, but you can find details of my public events on the events page!

You’ve written a number of series. I want to read the books in order. Where do I start?

The books are listed in reading order on the books pages.

Will you read my story?

I’m sorry but I just don’t have time to read and respond to all the pieces of writing I’m asked to look at. But feel free to check out my writing tips.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

You’ll find a few thoughts that were helpful to me if you read my writing tips.

How can I get my own book published?

Once you’re sure your book is as good as you can make it, I would recommend getting hold of a copy of the Writers and Artists Yearbook. This directory is published every year and gives advice and information on how to approach agents and publishers.

Where can I buy your books and ebooks?

You can buy them at all good bookshops and online retailers.

Where do you get your ideas?

It varies. Ideas can come from anywhere – a real life situation I’ve experienced or read about; a snatch of overheard conversation; a piece of music sparking off an image in my mind’s eye…

Are any of your books going to be made into a film?

If anyone buys the rights and starts turning any of my books into a movie I will definitely post about it!

How long does it take to write a book?

Different books take different lengths of time. On average, a book takes me four – six months.

Which of your books and characters did you most enjoy writing?

I always enjoy the character I’m writing right now, because I’m inside their heads – but my all time favourite is the Flynn series which begins with Falling Fast.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

Writing. Seriously! I’m doing what I love to do – and then getting paid for it!! It’s also lovely when people tell me they’ve enjoyed my books.

Is there anything you don’t like?

When the idea in your head doesn’t come out on the page like you want it to. It’s really frustrating when that happens, but all you can do is keep trying to get it right.

What was your favourite subject at school?

English. I’ve always loved stories. Listening to them, reading them, watching them, getting lost in them and, of course, writing them. There are stories in everything, but the only place at school where I felt I was really allowed to enjoy made-up stuff was English.