School visits are an important part of the writing process for me – I love to meet young readers and to share my experiences with them. During an author visit I will typically talk to a young audience about:
- What inspired me to write, what my stories are about and why I chose to write them
- My research travels and the adventures I have had and my most embarrassing moment
- Meteorites, mammoths, shamans and some of the other things that turn up in my stories
- Why it’s important to have adventure in your life
For a half or a full day school visit I charge a standard fee in line with SCBWI guidelines. However my primary interest is in meeting young readers and promoting my titles, therefore I will waive my fee for any school that will work with a local independent bookseller to sell a minimum number of my books.
In addition to school visits I carry out many other types of engagement including literary festivals, judging story competitions and creative writing courses. Please contact me for further details.