I'm the daughter of an Austrian mother and an Indian father raised on an East London Council Estate.
I've loved reading ever since I first learned how and some of my favourite children's authors are Roald Dahl, Judy Blume, Frances Hardinge, Beverley Cleary and Astrid Lindgren.
I've had various jobs over the years including school dinner lady, chef and restaurant manager but secretly I always wanted to be a writer.
It was only when I started making up stories to entertain my son that I finally decided to stop being scared, follow my dream and try to get published. After many years of hard work I'm thrilled to have achieved my ambition.
I mainly write fantasy stories so I can make up almost anything I want which is great fun and my characters always seem to be heading off on adventures and fighting monsters and terrible evil villains...
This is ME aged about seven, surrounded by books with a fetching pair of fox ears!
I'd love to hear from you if you have questions or comments so do get in touch and I'll do my best to reply!
You can also find me on Twitter as @authorontheedge
If you'd like to book me for any author talks, writing workshops or festivals more info on what I offer is available on the author visit page and you can contact me directly or talk to my publicist Sarah Sleath at Farshore Books.
Agented by Kate Shaw from the ShawAgency
Published by Farshore