Heartsong: latest from my Blog

Flexing my fiction muscle

I’m having a writing month, with no events, very limited social media - you heard it here first - as I’m desperate to immerse myself back into fiction. I’m not...

comment-icon 4 Comments  |  READ FULL ARTICLE

Book ideas for an anxious teenager

There are some teenagers who contact me when they’re worried about something and, of course, I always try to help. This time, I need your help. So, one...

comment-icon 18 Comments  |  READ FULL ARTICLE

ManxLitFest – info for audiences

I’m on the Isle of Man! (Well, I’m writing this before I go, so I’m assuming the tiny planes – two, because I have to fly via Manchester – get...

comment-icon 6 Comments  |  READ FULL ARTICLE

A wave to The Mary Erskine School

I’m not sure how many years I’ve been doing an annual event in The Mary Erskine School for, but it’s a lot, and I enjoy every visit. I...

comment-icon No Comments  |  READ FULL ARTICLE

Reading is not spinach, even with squid

I’m doing the closing keynote at Dyslexia Scotland’s Education Conference conference today. Dyslexia Scotland is a wonderful organisation, working so hard to improve the lives of dyslexic children at...

comment-icon 2 Comments  |  READ FULL ARTICLE

BRAIN SANE NEWSLETTER

For fascinating insights into the brain, adolescence, health and stress, as well as EXCLUSIVE offers, giveaways and opportunities, and discounts on Brain Sticks™, sign up to my free newsletter.

Events & Training

With my understanding of the teenage brain and stress, I deliver in-service training for adults working with young people and I talk to teenagers, too. I also talk about the reading brain and reading for pleasure. And, of course, I do normal author events. No budget for author events? Buy my BRAIN STICKS™ - teaching young people to look after their brains without the cost of inviting me!

The Shop

Signed books, BRAIN STICKS™ (for schools and organisations working with young people), gifts and ebooks. Discount for newsletter subscribers. BRAIN STICKS are exclusive, original, extensive, fantastic value, multimedia teaching materials for healthy brains and minds.

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.

YOUNG ADULT NOVELS

Drop into this section to learn more about my novels for young people and info for schools. 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.

JUST LAUNCHED: The Teenage Guide to Stress and BRAIN STICKS™