Welcome to my website, the home of The Earth Chronicles.
I’m a Yorkshire girl. Born in Pudsey (a place famous for its Bear!) and named after my late mother Brenda’s favourite Tudor Queen (“But which?” you ask)! I followed in her footsteps and developed a love of literature, history, animals and the outdoors.
The environment and our natural world is something I’m passionate about, but being a busy teacher and writer, all too often I don’t get out into it enough! I love trees and have learned so much about them whilst working on The Earth Chronicles series. I’m a proud member of the Woodland Trust and The Green Party. Climate change is the defining issue of our time and I want to do my part in raising awareness, especially because the young people of this world need the older generations to take responsibility and save this most precious planet of ours.
Last year, I graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from Leeds Trinity University, where I developed the second book in the Earth Chronicles series, Gaia’s Revenge – out now in paperback!
The trilogy will then be completed with the concluding part Hollow’s End in 2020.
What was your favourite book as a child?
Well, I had many favourites as I grew, but the one that really stands out the most The Ice Palace by is Robert Swindell. It felt so magical and terrifying and exhilarating. I would read Ivan’s story over and over. I highly recommend it!
Who are your favourite authors?
As a child I loved Roald Dahl, C.S. Lewis and all the ladybird books. I also love Jane Austen – her level of wit is just superb! I like Shakespeare, particularly The Taming of the Shrew and Matt Haig and so many others the list goes on! I go through phases, I think.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Well, two things. The first is meeting my readers. It is so much fun discussing my characters with people who have loved and read the books and are intrigued about what is going to happen next with Hannah and all her friends. The second thing, is writing the stories themselves. I love being squirrelled away crafting new scenes and putting my characters in jeopardy so they learn something about themselves and ultimately triumph against dark forces! I would love to be a real superhero, so writing is the next best thing!