About Me

I am a children’s author based in Cheshire. For many years, I wanted to write a children’s book that draws on my own experiences and helps young children overcome personal issues. One day, I had a light bulb moment. It dawned on me that porcupines have a very obvious defence mechanism where they show their quills, stamp their feet and chatter with their teeth when feeling threatened. They are also very cute, so perfect for a children’s picture book!

Unfortunately, due to traumatic events in my own life, I have also been defensive in situations where I didn’t need to be, and I was frightened to let people get close to me. The Problem With Poppy is a light-hearted and subtle way of teaching kids that while everybody has a natural defence mechanism, there is a time and a place to use it. By the end of the story, Poppy has learnt this valuable lesson and she makes a lifelong friend in the process. 

The Problem with Poppy was published on June 1st. There are two more books lined up in the Sumatran Trilogy – What’s Troubling Tawny? will be published in January 2021 and Hooray For Heidi! will be published in June 2022.