I was born in Vancouver, Canada and moved to England with my family when I was eight.

At first we lived with my grandparents in South London. It was very difficult for me, a new girl at a new school in a brand new country. I spoke differently and I wrote differently. (It's 'colour' not 'color', 'neighbour' not neighbor' I had to remind myself).

My best subject at school was English. I loved reading books by Edward Eager (Half Magic), Enid Blyton (especially Mallory Towers and The Faraway Tree stories) and Ruby Ferguson (Jill pony books). My favourite book was KM Peyton's Fly By Night which tells the story of a girl from an ordinary house who buys a neglected pony at a fair.

My first proper job (apart from waitressing, working in a library and selling sewing kits and Christmas cards in Australia) was with Usborne Publishing. I worked as an editor and a writer. When I left London to live in Norwich I carried on writing for Usborne.

The first book I wrote was The Haunted Tower. The first Young Puzzle Book I wrote was Puzzle Island. I am very lucky to have such a talented illustrater, Brenda Haw, to help me with all her lovely pictures.

I love all my books but I think my favourites are probably Puzzle Planet because I like the characters, and Puzzle Pyramid because I like the way the story turned out.

Now I live in the Norfolk countryside with my family. I have three children - two boys and a girl, a blue whippet called Rio and two guinea pigs called Pippi and Precious.


                                                                                                  Rio, relaxing.