Hello and welcome to my website.

I 'm a children's author, writing mainly for the 8-14 year old reader.

My latest book, Bonjour Lucy Bee, published in May 2019 , is a

sequel to Lucy Bee & the Secret Gene.  Lucy goes to France for a

family reunion expecting a fun holiday, getting to know her second

cousins.  Instead, she finds herself faced with the responsibility of

hiding and caring for a young Afghan refugee.  She will be tested 

to the extreme by the challenges and adventures ahead.

 

I was inspired to write this story while on our canal boat in France

when I saw the plight of young refugees driven out of their own

countries and desperate to find a safe haven, a new home . 

Sometimes they were welcomed.  Sometimes, they were not.

" A deceptively gentle story about family and identity that explores

the issue of Europe's refugee crisis with great empathy and compassion.

 It's a fabulous book." Award-winning author, Mandy Hager.

"There is nothing overly political in this book; only the truth about

human relationships, identity and empathy." Melissa Spark, Magpies.

The idea for the first Lucy Bee novel,  Lucy Bee  & the Secret Gene came about

when I had my children's bookstore.  Young readers would come in wanting

books about their lives, their families, their schools, their friends - things that

mattered to them.  This is that novel.  You can read on the next page (the Books page)

about Lucy's predicament and what she decides to do about it.

 

Sea Robbers, my novel about pirates was written when I was living in Singapore.  

I kept reading reports in the Straits Times about pirate attacks along the Malaysian

coast.  Pirates! I wondered - in this day and age?  But it was true.  What were they like? 

Imagination took over from curiosity.  I knew I had to write about them.  So I did.

 

The Asian legend series was a lot of fun to write.  I visited many countries in Asia and collected as many traditional stories as I could.  What I found was that, although all cultures create their own folktales and legends which are distinctively their own, many of these tales have common themes and similar storylines too.  This series has been translated into a number of Asian languages.

For more information, please see the following pages or send me a query.  (See the contacts page).

I'd love to hear from you.  And should you read one of my books I'd love to know what you thought of it.