All I remember ever wanting to do as a child was run the wrong way up a slide. And when I finally achieved that at the age of seven and three-quarters, my dream was to be a writer.
When I was eight years old I wrote my first book. I wish now that I had saved my finished novella because I can barely remember what it was about. It seemed like a good idea at the time to trade it in for two stickers and a couple of marbles.
Published by Faber & Faber and illustrated by Sheena Dempsey, Dave Pigeon went on to win the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award Read Aloud category 2016, the Surrey Libraries’ Children’s Book Award 2017, the Fantastic Book Awards 2018 and was selected as part of the WHSmith Tom Fletcher Book Club 2.
I also write under the pseudonym of Swapna Reddy – you can find out about all my books here.
In 2022, I was the University of Otago College of Education/Creative New Zealand Children’s Writer in Residence. I live in New Zealand with my husband, our son and our dog, Archie. You can usually find me writing, reading or eating Jaffa Cakes.