I grew up near Winchester in Hampshire, England. I was a complete bookworm and loved reading books by authors like Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton.
I used to wish I could have adventures like the children in the books I read and I loved making up poems and stories about my imaginary peacock, Gloria.
When I was a bit older, I went to university to study maths and almost forgot all about writing. After I finished university, I trained as an actuary and spent my time doing big sums and flying round the world to work on different projects.
Later, I decided to retrain as a journalist and I wrote about food for newspapers, magazines and websites. But what I really loved to write was stories for children.
I took a class on writing for children at CityLit in London and wrote my first picture book, YUCK SAID THE YAK, as a homework assignment for the course. I sent it off to a publisher and forgot all about it.
After a few months, I heard back from Maverick Arts Publishing. They loved my book and wanted to publish it!
Now I live in Reigate in Surrey. I spend my time writing books and looking after my two young sons. I still love making up stories and visiting schools to share them with children.