About

When I’m not writing books, I’m reading them. For many years I was an English teacher in a secondary school in Devon. Nowadays, I write full time. It’s my absolute dream-come-true job!Photo on 24-04-2015 at 10.31

As a child, I wrote stories about ponies and pop stars, though not together. Today they call it fan-fiction; back then it was just weird.

After school, I worked as a reporter on a local newspaper. From there I went to university to study English Literature. After backpacking around the Middle East, South America, Australia, I did a PGCE in English and became a teacher.

Many years later, I bought myself a lovely big notebook and some new pens. I enrolled on the MA Writing For Young People at Bath Spa University, and got writing again. ‘Frost Hollow Hall’ was started on the MA course. It is my first novel, and took two years and many cups of tea to write.
I live in the Somerset hills with my husband and two Jack Russell terriers.

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Five More Things About Me:
• I am obsessed with snow.
• My dogs Pip and Bertie snooze next to me when I’m writing.
• I have been a vegetarian since the age of 11.
• I love peanut butter AND marmite AND cucumber on toast – don’t knock it ‘til you try it.
• My favorite book is ‘Fingersmith’ by Sarah Waters.

20 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Emma it’s Amber here in NZ (your nephew) I loved your book the girl who walked on air it’s a really good story!!! Love Amber

  2. Hi Emma
    We are looking forward to your visit to Sticklepath School next week. Our children have loved reading your books over the last few, particularly Frost Hollow Hall which has been one of our most popular guided reading books.

  3. Hi Emma, I just read frost hollow hall, my friend recommended it to me and it was brilliant!!!! I would love to be an auther when I’m older.

    1. Hi Laura
      Thanks for you message- really chuffed to hear you liked Frost Hollow Hall! Do thank your friend for recommending it too! If you love books and reading and writing then being an author is the very best job in the world. Follow your dream! Emmax

  4. Dear Emma,I have just finished reading Letters from the light house and I love it ! Now I am going to get all the others and I can’t wait until The lost boy comes out. please write back, From joe age 8 and 3 quarters.

    1. Hi Joe
      Great to hear from you! Really thrilled that you enjoyed Letters From The Lighthouse. I hope you like the others too, especially if you’re keen on mysterious, spooky stories. I’m currently writing The Lost Boy which is based around the opening of Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1922, so expect, curses, treasures and plenty of mystery in this one too! Very best wishes, Emma :))

  5. Letters from the lighthouse was epic! I just finished it. Now I’m going to get the rest of your books! I am really looking forward to your next book! From Zaid, nine and a half years old who is in my class.

    1. Hello Zaid! Thanks so much for your kind words. I’m absolutely delighted you think Letters is ‘epic’! That’s made my day! Hope you enjoy the other stories too, with very best wishes Emma

  6. Hello , my name is Lettie O’Hara. I can’t wait to meet you again at my school St.Winefride’s at the creative writing workshop on the 13th of March. I love all your books and can’t wait to find out what your next book will be.

  7. Dear Emma, Frost Hollow Hall is my favourite book. I prepare a short presentation about it for my school. It is for my german lesson. I like also your Homepage and the way you describe there your life. Could I get some more information about you for my presentation?

    1. Hello Barbara, I’m delighted to hear you’ve enjoyed Frost Hollow Hall, thanks for getting in touch. What information were you after for your presentation? I’ll help if I can! Emma

      1. Dear Emma, my presentation is already done and I think I have found all important information. But you can keep your fingers crossed this friday. It is a day of my presentation! Anyway I would like to thank you for offer to help me . I am looking forward to read also your other books. I like your way to write books.

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