I’m a writer of children’s fiction currently seeking representation for my middle-grade novel Dreamdogs, which was joint winner of the 2021 Bath Children’s Novel Award. Described by judges as “scary and exciting and moving and highly original” and “a pageturner with a sinister atmosphere, real sense of mystery… thrilling to read,” Dreamdogs is a speculative thriller about five children who discover that their remote moorland villages have been the target of a ruthless years-long sleep experiment.
I’ve also written Devil-Glass, a contemporary teen time travel mystery featuring a vanished aunt, a capricious inventor and a grim family secret, which was longlisted for the 2020 Mslexia Children’s & YA Novel Competition.
I’m currently working on a new historical teen book, The Ice Cauldron – a high-stakes science-fantasy Arctic adventure which I once described as ‘steampunk Franklin Expedition for kids.’ It’s more fun than that sounds, honestly, but there’s quite a lot of frostbite.
In 2018 I received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award, and I’ve also been shortlisted for the 2020 Kelpies Prize for Writing. I love ghost stories, comic books, vintage cameras and abandoned buildings, and I live and work in Scotland.
My winner’s interview for the 2021 Bath Children’s Novel Award is now online.