I live with my family in Whaingaroa Raglan on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Our house is busy, full of children and animals and friends; sometimes it can be hard to find time to write. I think most writers find that though, so I try hard to make time.
I like to walk and to run and a lot of my ideas come to me when I'm out and about. There's something about moving that puts my mind in the right place for stories to make themselves felt.
The first story I wrote as an adult (I wrote plenty at school) was when I did a long-distance walk across Spain in my twenties. I already knew I wanted to be a writer, but I hadn't got very far. This time though, the further I walked, the more the story grew. By the end of the walk I had a complete story. Boy was I pleased.
I've kept writing ever since. So far, I've had three trade books for children published in New Zealand, as well as several educational children’s books published overseas. I’ve also published a book for adults and several stories. I've written many more books and stories, for children and adults, that haven't been published yet. I hope they will be. You'll find a list of my main publications in my CV
One of the best parts of being a writer is what happens after you've written your story and set it free into the world. That's when it gains a life of its own and the real magic begins.
I meet a lot of kids at school visits and readings, and they've done some amazing things with my stories. They've made some gorgeous artworks, models and puppets, and they've even staged a play. You'll find some of their pictures on the school visits page.
I'll keep you updated with what I'm up to on my blog and my Facebook page. Or you can contact me if you want to know anything else or would like me to to visit your school. Otherwise, it would be great to hear what you've been writing or reading.