Here’s some information about me:
I grew up in Richmond-upon-Thames and read Law at Oxford University. After qualifying as a solicitor, I quit the law (with a huge sigh of relief) and pursued my passion for working with children and helping them prepare for and survive exams, setting up my own tutoring agency in the process.
I’d always loved books, particularly ones with a sci-fi element, but at this point had never imagined I’d be writing rather than just reading them. It all changed with the birth of my first daughter. Ideas and fears based around global warming and the inequality I’d witnessed through my work in education began to solidify and take shape. I’d already decided that I’d take 6 months off work so this was my chance. While my baby slept, I typed and so The Territory was born. I didn’t know if it was going to go anywhere so I named the main character, Noa, after my daughter, so at least she’d have someone of the same name to read about when she grew up.
To my immense good fortune, The Territory was picked up by the Welsh publishing house, Firefly and launched in May 2015 followed by The Territory: Escape in October 2016. The final instalment of the trilogy, The Territory: Truth, is out at the end of March next year.
Since the initial release of The Territory, I’ve been lucky to meet so many lovely and extraordinary teens, English teachers, librarians, booksellers and fellow authors at my speaking engagements across the country. There have been so many highlights – teenagers in Gateshead voting it their favourite read of 2016, The Guardian’s website describing it as The 1984 of our time. However, I don’t think anything will top being told by a teen in Cardiff that every time they sit a test at school, he and his friends work out whether or not their results meant they’d get to stay in the Territory or be banished to the Wetlands.