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(but I won't bore you...)

A little history lesson

Brought up in the countryside, I was always interested in fantasy and the unknown. I was unsatisfied with reality so would create my own worlds to escape to. It was only in Primary school when I realised I could fall into the places in my head by picking up a pen.

 

Raised in a very traditional and hardworking family, there's nothing more in this world I love than spending time with them. Their strong characters inspired many of my own in my books and I love them for it.

 

I wanted to be a writer since the age of 12. I sent off my first manuscript to Harper Collins and with my first rejection became obsessed with making the dream come true.

 

After studying a Degree in Creative Writing and working in jobs that never seemed to fill the void that writing did, I decided to take the plunge and write full time.

I became first published with Tartarus, a dark fantasy focusing on Diane Stillman's journey of revenge in 2012. It was my first taste of the publishing world and it became addictive.

 

It was a competition the following year in 2013 that birthed The Girl With Nine Lives, and suddenly, Ellena and Ben's characters came blazing onto the pages.

 

Since then another two books have been published in the series of The Adventures of Benedict and Blackwell; The Girl Who Bit Back and The Girl With Ten Claws and I couldn't be happier.

 

I've also just released my first children's book, Captain Claw Paw, the first in a line of picture books about a vain pirate cat who loves to go on seafaring adventures!

50% will be going towards Charlie's Beach Hut. www.charliecodling.co.uk

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