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I’m a children’s writer, and my blog features the ups and downs of writing – with help from my dog!

Please see the bottom of this page for my EU GDPR Statement of Data Protection Compliance.

I’m available for school author visits in Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire,the visits being designed to appeal to Key Stage 2 children. Please contact me via my ‘Contact’ page, if you would like information about this.

The Secret of the Wooden Chest

My first children’s book for seven to eleven year olds was published by Matador in 2017. ‘The Secret of the Wooden Chest’, is the first in the ‘Roman Magic’ series, and follows the adventures of a girl called Hannah. Hannah is intrigued when a mysterious old Italian lady called Mrs Oberto, moves into her parent’s nursing home.  But what secret lies hidden in an old wooden chest that Mrs Oberto keeps on her bedside table, and  will she ever ever share this secret with Hannah? This chapter book features mystery, friendship, humour and a touch of magic, not to mention a link to the ancient Romans!

I’ve decided to donate 15% of any profits from the sale of this particular book to BBC Children in Need.


The second book in the ‘Roman Magic’ series, ‘Mystical Moonlight’, was published in 2018. In this new book, Hannah is very excited when she finds out that her parents are finally going to let her have a puppy, but her excitement is soon dashed when Dad tells her that they are going to have to sell the woods at the bottom of their garden, to pay for repairs to the house. Hannah is sure that there are deer living in the woods – whatever will happen to them if the trees are cleared away to build houses? Can she think of a way to save the woods, as well as learn to look after her new pet? Hannah will need help from her Italian friend, the mysterious Mrs Oberto, but will they have to use the secret that only they know about, and call for help once more from the world of the Ancient Romans?

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My EU GDPR Statement of Data Protection Compliance

I have read the Information Commissioner’s Office Guidelines for compliance with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules, and the following explains how I comply with this. If you have given me your email address (by subscribing to my blog and or contacting me via my contact form, for example), you should read this to reassure yourself that I am looking after your data responsibly. I value the security of your information extremely highly, and will never intentionally breach the rules; the rules are designed for large organisations, and most authors are sole traders, just we are just doing our best to keep up.


I am a sole trader, so there is no one else in my organisation to make aware.

The Information I hold.

Email addresses of people who have contacted me via my contact form or via email, or people to whom I have replied, are automatically saved. I do not share this information with anyone – ever. From time to time other members of my immediate family use my laptop, but they do not have access to my email account, my WordPress account, my Facebook accounts or my Twitter accounts. I am the data controller but not the data processor for these external databases. I always use strong passwords.

Communicating privacy information.

I have attached this information to the ‘About’ section of my WordPress site, and will also send it to my WordPress followers via a post on 21st May 2018. I will also send it to the followers of my Facebook author page and Twitter author account.

Individuals’ rights.

On request, I will delete data. If someone asks to see their data, I would take a screenshot of their entry/entries and send it to them.

Subject access requests.

I will aim to respond to all requests within 24 hours, although there are some times when I am away from home, and will not see requests until my return.

Lawful basis for processing data.

If people have emailed me, or contacted me via my ‘Contact’ form, they have given me their email address. I do not add this to a list, database or spreadsheet, but my email server will automatically save it.


If in the future I set up an email list, I will ensure that those people who wish to be on my list receive reminders about the T and C of my holding their data, and I will regard this consent as confirmed for a year. Consent is not indefinite, so I will make sure that I remind subscribers that they can unsubscribe or ask for their information to be removed.


I only know the ages of the people who email me, or otherwise contact me, if they tell me, and I only have their word for that. If I became aware that a child had contacted me, I will reply to the email but not contact them again. Since I am not ‘processing’ their data, I am not required to ask for parental consent.

Data breaches.

I have done everything I can to prevent this, by password-protecting my lap-top, my mobile phone, my WordPress account and the accounts I use within organisations such as Twitter and Facebook. If the organisations with whom I have accounts were compromised, I would take steps to follow their advice immediately.

Data Protection by Design and Data Protection Impact Assessments.

I have familiarised myself with the ICO’s code of practice on Privacy Impact Assessments as well as the latest guidance from the Article 29 Working Party, and believe that I am using best practice.

Data Protection Officers.

I am not a major organisation so I do not need to appoint a Data Protection Officer.


My lead data protection supervisory authority is the UK’s ICO. This may change after Brexit, but for that, we will just have to wait and see!