• 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.

Ready Player

July 24, 2017
This week saw the release of the first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One and next week sees the fifth anniversary of the publication of MetaWars. Full disclosure, I’ve not read RPO as I didn’t want to be unduly influenced by Cline’s work as I was still writing books 3 and ...
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Reality, virtually.

March 2, 2017
Today is World Book Day, a day to celebrate books, reading, and our favourite characters. It’s a chance for children to relish in the imagination that reading emboldens. And despite competition from TV, games, and tablets, reading endures as an entertainment art form.  But it’s getting more competition. As evidenced by January’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the annual ...
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Being British

November 7, 2016
(this post is an edited version of something I wrote on my personal (i.e. not public) Facebook, that friends & family seemed to enjoy so am sharing it here) Last week, ten years (technically ten years and twenty-nine days) after moving to the UK, I was sworn in as a British citizen. Hold your Brexit jokes, please. Despite the current government ...
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La La Land

October 28, 2016
I’ve just returned from a whirlwind trip to LA, and thought I’d share a few observations. Spirit of full disclosure, I used to live in LA (first Hollywood, then Venice Beach) for a few years, and moved to London ten years ago. – LA thrives on creativity. What’s incredible about LA is that everyone you meet is ...
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Cover reveal…KEEPING THE BEAT

October 11, 2016
Drum roll please… Here it is, the cover for KEEPING THE BEAT… How awesome does this look? You can (and you should!!) preorder it now via amazon.com and in Canada via amazon.ca or Indigo.ca. Keeping the beat is the new YA novel by me and Marie Powell, and published by new YA imprint KCP Loft. It publishes in hardcover on April ...
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