I love quirky characters - skeletons, ghosts, machines, inventors, alligators, aliens, insects, pirates - especially when they are mixed up with weird happenings and a tiny bit of magic. When I was little, running round our big back garden on the Isle Of Wight, I wanted to be in Robin Hood's band or go on adventures like Alices's. People in books were funny, scary, sad or warm-hearted, mysterious or magical. They felt real and I made up my own stories before I could write.
After that, I wrote them for myself, then for my daughter, and now for my granddaughter - and I still write them for that little girl who had adventures in the big back garden. I've never truly grown up.
My stories are being illustrated, and published.
So lots more to come.
Now I live in Surrey with my daughter, son-in-law and my granddaughter. I used to have a dog called Paddy, a budgie called Ringo, a rabbit called Flipper, a cat called Issy and lots of chickens. We don't have pets at the moment, but we want a dog later on. Lots of animals creep into my stories and they're always fun and magical to have around.
Who knows what is really real and what isn't?
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The Ghostly Ghastlys Book 6: The Lost Reindeer
It is Christmas Eve. The little Ghastlys are not expecting Father Christmas to visit them because he never does. But when a baby reindeer falls off a sleigh, they try their hardest to find Father Christmas to take the reindeer home.
The Ghostly Ghastlys Book 5: The Washing-Up-and-Odd-Job Boy
The little Ghastlys are up to tricks again, but when there is trouble over at Alfonso’s Restaurant this time they aren’t the cause of it.
The Washing-Up-and-Odd-Job Boy is getting all the blame. He wants to learn how to be a chef like Alfonso, but it looks as if he will lose the washing-up job he already has.
See what happens when the little Ghastlys try to make things better.
The Ghostly Ghastlys Book 4: Princess
Branwing is lonely. He lives at the Ghostly Ghastly House with the Ghastly family and the skeletons, but he doesn't have a "special" friend.
Branwing is growing up. In this fourth book in the series, see what happens when he tries to meet the lady who runs by the house every evening.
And are the little Ghastlys up to more mischief or are they truly trying to be helpful?
The Ghostly Ghastlys Book 3: Alfonso
“Don’t scare people who aren’t expecting it,” says Mr Ghastly, but the little Ghastlys like playing tricks and hearing people scream. The Ghastlys are a family of ghosts. The children visit Alfonso’s Restaurant next door, and it’s great fun to drop flour over the customers and pop out of a pizzas. It all backfires, for the customers don’t like the tricks. Can the little Ghastlys put things right?
The Ghostly Ghastlys Book 2: Branwing
The ghost family have settled in to the Old Museum. “Urgent” letters pile up in the hallway. The Striped-Suit man comes along with a locksmith and tries to clear the museum out as he wants to pull it down. The Ghastlys don’t want to move again. They have some new friends living with them now. Can the little Ghastlys and their tricks help save their new home?
The Ghostly Ghastlys Book 1: Finding A Home
The Ghastly family are ghosts, and the three children, Bubble, Trouble and Puff are full of mischief. When they are all thrown out of the castle - because of the tricks the little Ghastlys play - they discover that it is very difficult to find a suitable new home. When they do find an old building that seems ideal, it seems that some others are living there. Could the new home be haunted?
Mr McMarvel's Amazing Machines
Tim helps out in Mr McMarvel’s workshop. He oils machines, like the Clop-a-Hopper-Travelling Machine and talks to Mr McMarvel’s very polite robot, Rupert. Tim is horrified to discover that the workshop is in trouble. The arrival of creepy Max Fish puts the inventor and his amazing machines in danger. Can Tim and Rupert thwart Max’s plan and solve Mr McMarvel’s problems?
Pizzas, Pirates and a Porcupine
When a pirate knocks at the door, it’s the start of a string of funny and strange events for Evie. A treasure map, chickens, a baby elephant, a porcupine and pirates chanting make the day go with a buzz – until the pirates start sharpening their cutlasses on the doorstep. Dad’s a scurvy knave who has stolen the swag, they say. Can Evie save him, and find what the pirates are looking for?
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- The Blog of Maisy Malone
on March 03, 2013
Witty, Lively and Warm-hearted Read
Maisy is a modern girl, with a very modern dysfunctional family, who are driving her crazy with their exuberant, extrovert personalities. Maisy needs a job, a love-life and some answers as to what they are up to.
But life isn't fair, and as family and friends swing from one mad situation to the next, she lets off steam by writing a blog. In the process she makes new friends, and reveals the quirky, warm-hearted girl that she is.
A hugely entertaining debut novel, from a hugely talented writer who is on her way to the top.