Heartsong: latest from my Blog

Book Giveaway for World Book Day

WIN A BOOK! In honour of World Book Day, I am giving away three signed books, one to each of three randomly-chosen winners. The winners can choose their...

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How parents can help with teenage stress

Schools often ask me in to give an evening talk to parents about the teenage brain changes and/or helping their sons and daughters manage and even thrive on stress....

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March giveaway

Yikes, where did February go? I’m really overworked, and on tour, but I promised to give away a free book each 1st of the month and also to...

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Resources for INSET on the reading brain

A big wave and thank you to the Suffolk Schools Library Service, who have teamed up with the Norfolk Schools Library Service, to ask me to deliver a...

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New boots – you know what that means?

As you may know, I have a wicked habit of buying a new pair of boots or shoes each time I sign a new contract. I’ve recently signed three...

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Events & Training

In-service training or talks on adolescence (brain and stress), the reading brain and the science behind reading for pleasure. I also talk to teenagers and parents. No budget for events? Buy a BRAIN STICK™ – and teach young people to look after their brains without the cost of inviting me!

The Shop

Signed books, BRAIN STICKS™ (classroom materials to improve learning and wellbeing), two wonderful t-towels, other gifts and ebooks.


Advice for Writers

I give honest advice to writers about all aspects of writing, publication and promotion. I also critique MSS and submissions – honestly.

Teenagers, Brains & Stress

Reassurance and understanding for teenagers and the adults who care about them. New title: The Teenage Guide to Stress. You’ll find a free relaxation audio here, too.

Young Adult Novels

Drop into this section to learn more about my award-winning novels for young people. All my books are different, so I hope there’s one (or more…) that you might enjoy.

Patron of Reading

I am delighted to be Scotland’s first Patron of Reading, for the wonderfully enthusiastic Larbert High School near Falkirk. Click here for more information and news as it comes in.

LATEST: The Teenage Guide to Stress and BRAIN STICKS™