I was the only child of a Polish father and an English mother. I wanted to be an author from the age of four, and spent my childhood writing about wild horses fighting to the death in the Australian outback, despite never having been there. I went to art school, like a lot of rebellious misfits, and studied fine art.

I then had two daughters, taught part-time, and started writing radio plays and short stories. A sudden urge to get back on the other side of the desk led to a creative writing MA at Bath Spa. I have won several prizes, including the Cardiff International Poetry Competition, and the Canongate Prize. I have also judged competitions myself. Although I have had children's stories serialised in Aquila magazine, The Divide was my first full-length work of fiction for children.

The daughters are now grown up. The eldest is a personal trainer (with a website here), and the youngest ihas a PhD in dung beetle ecology.

I try very hard to spend my time travelling to outlandish places, and watching wildlife, and I've illustrated natural history books. Here's a list of countries I've visited:

Austria,Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador (including Galapagos), Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela, Wales, Zambia.

During 2006 I appeared on TV - both BBC News 24 and BBC Breakfast - discussing the legal dispute about The Da Vinci Code.




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