• 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.

With the Mayor of Camden.

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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On the Universal lot.

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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dory

Just Keep Swimming

September 30, 2016
We don’t like to talk about failure. It’s icky, depressing, and we fear it’s contagious. But unless we acknowledge failure as a necessary condition for moving anything forward, we do ourselves a great disservice, and we risk believing in the myth of “overnight success.” Creative people – writers, musicians, actors, artists, poets – know this all too well. I ...
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edinburgh

It’s the Story, Stupid

August 27, 2016
This week I attended my very first Edinburgh Television Festival.  The EITF is an annual conference of the great and the good of the British (and increasingly global) TV sector, and since Awesome is playing in primetime drama, thought it was worth showing up (inspired by Woody Allen: “80% of life is showing up”) and I’m ...
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