I was born in a town called Rochdale which is in Lancashire. There was just me, my older brother, Roger and Mum. My dad had died when I was a baby so Mum had to work very hard to look after us. We lived in a street just like Coronation Street and we didn’t have much money. Our house was small and opposite a huge cotton mill which made it very dark, I remember.
I went to Derby Street School when I was three. Once I’d learned to read and write, I loved writing stories, drawing pictures and turning them into books. I stayed at Derby Street School until I was eleven when I went to Rochdale Grammar School. Then I turned into a lazy teenager but somehow managed to go to college and become a teacher. I was happy teaching because I liked children very much
Soon I was married with two daughters of my own called Susie and Sally. I loved making up stories for them and I began to write them down. The most exciting thing was when I had them published and the postman delivered the books with my name on the cover. After that, I also began to write for children’s television. Sometimes I took my daughters to the studios in London and they were excited to meet the presenters they had often seen on TV.
I write books for older children – mysteries, adventures and stories in historical settings. My writing has taken me all over the UK to schools, libraries and book festivals. I’ve also visited schools in the Caribbean, Malta and Singapore where the children might look different but I think they are just like children at home.
Now my daughters have children of their own – Louise, Lucy, Max and Tom. I see them very often and I’m delighted to say that they love reading. I’m lucky enough to live in a sunny house overlooking fields and woods where I like to go walking with Ella and Eddie. Where I live now is nothing like the tiny, dark house where I grew up.