March 15, 2019

(a few thoughts on childhood loss in children's fiction)

When I was first sending out DOTTY and the Calendar House Key to publishers, I had a few responses I hadn’t expected. In particular, one editor commented that he found the prologue to the book so distressing that...

February 20, 2019

Whether we harbour a secret soft-spot for them, or simply love to hate them, everyone has their favourite “baddie”.

They are undoubtedly the best thing to write. My editor always says my writing comes alive when I write the scenes with the baddies in. And I have to say...

February 11, 2019

A little like Dotty after that fateful bonfire party in suburban Cardiff, my little family and I find ourselves currently dispossessed on account of a fire at our home. 

It was a simple case of bad luck – so the fire brigade told us. What we thought was a chimney fire t...

December 20, 2018

Season's greetings to you all,

Ever thought of trying something a little different for Christmas? 

Well, my family does every year. You see, some time ago we came across this fabulous book about Christmas traditions across the globe, and we thought how fun it would...

November 8, 2018

Hello All,

It was lovely to reconnect with many of you last week and thank you so much for all of your great comments about the new audiobook version of DOTTY and the Calendar House Key – I’m so glad you’re enjoying it. For those of you who might have missed out, here’s...

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Dotty and the Calendar House Key has truly fired my daughter's imagination for the first time since Harry Potter. Beautifully written and exciting. The Secret Garden meets Diagon Alley. Fabulous!


Alexandra Vere, Harrogate