As an editor for Penguin Random House and David Fickling Books, I worked on books by some truly wonderful writers. Titles include:
Daemon Voices: Essays on Storytelling by Philip Pullman (Guardian Best Books 2017; Wall Street Journal Notable Book, winner of the Anne Izard Award in the US).
I was also part of the editorial team working on Philip Pullman's novels La Belle Sauvage and The Secret Commonwealth.
* YA novel Unbecoming by multi-award winning Jenny Downham
('Exceptional.' Kirkus Reviews, starred review)
* The Mysterious Life of Dr Barry by best-selling Lisa Williamson (forthcoming)
* Middle-grade novel Black Arts by Andrew Prentice and Jon Weil
('brilliant, a great blend of action, adventure, magic, horror and humour.' Charlie Higson)
For this I was short-listed for the Branford Boase Award, UK's premier first-children's-novel prize, which jointly honours author and editor.
*Picture book Very Little Red Riding Hood by Teresa Heapy ('fabulous - sure to become a bedtime delight' The Sun).
I'm currently setting up a new series of rollicking adventure stories from world history for middle-grade readers, 'True Adventures', and working with some great authors such as award-winning Catherine Johnson and best-selling Lisa Williamson. They'll be published by Pushkin Press from August onwards.
Earlier in my career, I commissioned and edited trade/academic non-fiction for Oxford University Press (Oxford History of Art series), Thames and Hudson (best-selling Styles, Schools and Movements) and Greenwood (Young British Muslim Voices).
My own YA novels include: Garvie Smith mysteries Kid Got Shot (Crimefest Best Crime Novel for YA - winner) and Running Girl (Costa Children’s Prize – shortlisted). ‘Sixteen-year-old Garvie Smith is one of the best detectives in contemporary fiction . . . fresh, funny and compelling.’ Sunday Times Books of the Year
My middle-grade fiction includes Moon Pie (Guardian Children’s Prize – shortlisted). ‘Outstanding . . . gripping and absorbing . . . deserves prizes as well as praise.’ The Times. And also The Quigleys (Branford Boase Award – special commendation). ‘Huge fun.’ Sunday Times
I also teach Creative Writing.
I love working with authors. Nothing more exciting than seeing an author find their voice and tell their story.