• Being a Reluctant Reader

    I was a very reluctant reader when I was young, so I write books to be as compelling and cinematic as the best films and video games, to turn reluctant readers into lifelong ones.

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For the Boys

April 16, 2015
Yesterday at the London Book Fair, I participated in a panel hosted by publisher Lisa Edwards about boys and men reading. If you know me well, you know this is a subject I’m passionate about. I was a reluctant reader as a boy, and getting (and keeping) boys reading guides my writing. My goal is to write ...
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Bologna Book Fun

April 1, 2015
Right now, most of the children’s book world is in Bologna, Italy. The rest of us are busy writing! For the uninitiated, the annual Bologna Book Fair is a massive market in children’s book rights.  Sarah McIntyre has done a groovy blog post on it, which you can read here.   It’s like a big marketplace where ...
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Virtual Insanity

March 24, 2015
I finally saw The Nether last night, Jennifer Haley’s award-winning play about the consequences of living life in a virtual world.  It was gripping and disturbing, raising important questions at the outset of a new digital age. Of course for me, what was most interesting was that many of the themes are core MetaWars concepts: – The idea of ...
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Reading Not Speeding

March 13, 2015
You’d have to be locked in the truck of a car to avoid the “news” of Jeremy Clarkson’s suspension from the wildly popular Top Gear TV show for allegedly striking a producer. Now, I don’t know Mr. Clarkson personally, though I don’t care for his public persona (he basically strikes me a a bully), but regardless ...
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Rikki's big debut!

Meet Rikki

March 5, 2015
What an amazing surprise! I’m in Nottingham right now, having just finished a great school visit for World Book Day, and I checked my twitter feed to see a little green kaiju smiling back at me….my great kaiju! Meet Rikki.  He’s a young kaiju, star of my first picture book. When the world’s most famous city-stomping monsters go to work, ...
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