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, cycle, swim and run, and most 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 appear.
The first story I wrote as an adult (I wrote plenty at school) was when I did a long-distance walk across Spain. 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 five books and several short stories for children published in New Zealand, as well as lots of educational children’s books and radio plays published overseas. I’ve also published books and stories for adults, and have written many more that haven't been published yet. I hope they will be.
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.