I have always wanted to be a writer. I started writing stories and poems when I was very young. My first book was a picture book about African animals called Over in the Grasslands. Since then I have written books about dogs and cats and chickens and tortoises - all animals I have had as pets! I also love to write about friendship and family. To find out more, visit my blog

I get ideas for stories while I am out with my dog, Nala. I have recently moved to live by the sea in West Cornwall which is a very inspirational place for me. It is where I got the idea for my teen book, Summer's Shadow. It is also where I love to swim and look out for wildlife, so I got a lot of ideas for my non-fiction book Nature Month-by-Month here.

One of my hobbies is making music. I play the piano and the saxophone. If you'd like to see me playing with my best children's author buddies, take a look at this video we made to promote bookshops!

My other hobby is wild swimming. I love jumping into rivers and the sea - especially the sea! I swim outside all year round. It's the best way to look out for wildlife as the animals and birds don't expect to see me in the water, so they don't try to hide. My favourite bird is the kingfisher. You need to listen hard as you usually hear one before you see one. In Cornwall where I live now I like going seal-spotting - I have swum with one more than once! I have also been lucky enough to swim with dolphins at Porthcurno beach near where I live.

When I am not writing I am teaching other people. I am a writing mentor and I run creative writing workshops in schools and for the London Lit Lab and Arvon Foundation.