October 2014

So autumn is here once again. This is my garden. When I am working at home all day I usually spend at least half an hour doing something to it. P1010733Last week I was involved in a promo film for the charity Child Bereavement UK. I spoke about schools needing a framework to help them know what to do if someone who is part of their school community dies.

In a few weeks I am speaking at a librarian’s conference in Durham about writing stories which explore sensitive issues. I was invited because I wrote a book called Helping Children Think About Bereavement and also my latest book, Us Minus Mum.

Now I’m working on the final stage of my TMD covernext book, The Milkshake Detectives. It’s whodunit set in a village. The Milkshake Detectives began when I was having lunch with a friend and ducks visited us and pecked at our food. ‘They’ll turn up in a book,’ my friend said, and they have, living on the village pond where strange things keep happening.

I have some interesting schools to go to in the next few weeks. I’m looking forward to that as I love spending time with creative children.

Here’s another thing I love – going to book shops. My favourite second hand bookshop (Barter Books) is in Alnwick, Northumberland. Last time I was there I found a book written by Enid Blyton that I read when I was a child. I bought it and it now lives on my shelf with some of my favourite books.