Everybody wants to belong.
After her best friend ditches her, fourteen-year old Evie has to spend her summer wandering around the town alone. That’s when she notices the girls. They’re raggedy around the edges, with long hair blowing freely in the breeze. They’re misfits, who shoplift and break into people’s homes and even scrounge for food in dumpsters. But there’s something magical about them. They live without rules in a big old house near a creek and have wild parties at night around bonfires and burning cars. Their leader, a charismatic musician named Russell, teaches them about free love and togetherness.
Continue reading “LEGO book review: The Girls”
I absolutely adore the cover of my new novel out now in Germany, Zwei Herzen im Goldfischglas. (It translates as Two Hearts in a Goldfish Bowl).
It’s about a kid who uses his amazing observational skills and logic to help the girl of his dreams become popular.
It’s a quirky love story that tackles some tough topics, like Autism and rape culture (especially pertinent now with the Stanford rape case dominating the headlines.)
What do you think of the cover?
One of my favourite things in the world is visiting schools and meeting my readers.
There’s something about standing on a stage in front of a 100 students and seeing the absolute looks of glee when I tell them what my books are about. Followed by the absolute looks of horror on the faces of the faculty when I donate all my books to the library.
Continue reading “A shout out to two of my favourite schools”
19 November 2015
Last month SA Horrorfest held its annual literary chapter, Bloody Parchment, at the historic (and suitably spooky) Labia Theatre in Cape Town.
Continue reading “Bloody Parchment Halloween readings”
21 September 2015
My YA masterclass returned to Open Book again this year and to my absolute delight, was one of the first events to sell out. Last time we tackled How to write a YA novel, so this year I decided to narrow the focus a little bit.
Continue reading “Open Book Festival: Worldbuilding workshop”
I was extremely skeptical when Harper Collins announced they were publishing a new Poirot novel, but since it was officially “the new Agatha Christie” I had to read it.
I used to read a lot of Christie’s novels as a kid. Mostly because my mother collected them, so there were always loads of the dog-eared paperbacks and old hardcovers in the house.
Continue reading “Book review: The Monogram Murders”
I was going through some old notebooks and found my reference images for the character of Demi from Sharp Edges.
As you can see, I was toying with the idea of calling her Dakota for a while.
Continue reading “Demi or Dakota”
To say that Terry Pratchett got me through high school would be an understatement.
I was a loner at school. After moving suburbs I had to start at my new high school a year after everyone had formed their close circles. Most of those friendships were carried over from junior school anyway.
Continue reading “The Turtle Moves”
One of the highlights of being an author is that sometimes I’m invited to formally talk to other authors.
I mean, you want me to have a conversation with a fellow author? I’m in!
When The Book Lounge asked me to do a Q&A with Hugh Howey I couldn’t accept fast enough.
Continue reading “Hanging out with Hugh Howey”
I’m a recipe magpie. Basically this means that more often than not, someone else invented the meals I cook. I love my celebrity chefs. Put me in front of a TV and I’ll watch The Great British Bake Off and Little Paris Kitchen all day.
Continue reading “Adventures in food and literature”