Writing

Complete Novels and Works in Progress

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TAKE HER BACK book 1:

The Girl with the Green Eyes

Long-listed for The Bridport Prize 2020

“Bella is defective. You need to take her back.”


Nine-year-old Bella D’accourt has always known she was different; she was born into a controversial ‘designer baby’ eugenic programmme, difference is in her DNA. Bella has been designed to be exceptionally beautiful, but when she uses her sadistic, manipulative charm to seriously injure another child her mother brings her back to her creators and demand they “fix her”.

Thus begins Bella’s new life among scientists and other eugenic ‘Subjects’ at the mysterious Aspira Research Centre in Cumbria. But an enemy lurks in the shining laboratories set among idyllic mountains; an obsessive, murderous enemy who will, years later, drive Bella from all she has worked for and into a desperate, night-time flee across the country with her daughter, whom she will protect at all costs.

But Ariana, 12, isn’t so sure she wants to be protected by Bella anymore.

Length: 97,000 words

Status: Published by Bad Press Ink on 5/1/21

Long-listed for The Peggy Chapman-Andrews First Novel Award as part of The Bridport Prize 2020

Part one of TAKE HER BACK trilogy

Reader reviews:
'A superbly written and engaging book and a genre I would never normally read.'

'An absolutely intriguing story line that hooks the reader in from the first page. The characters are complex and interesting.'

'For fans of science fiction stories, I’m sure this will be a book to be sought after and enjoyed. The writing within it is sublime.'


'A solid speculative-fiction piece of work covering aspects of eugenics and genetic engineering and the ways they can be mishandled with tragic results.'

'The science fiction element is not obtrusive and is completely believable, while giving the story its sharp edge.'

'This is a spine tingling, thought provoking, exciting exploration of eugenics set against the backdrop of a Cumbrian research facility ...  a superbly written and engaging book and a genre I would never normally read.'

'Couldn’t put it down. Gripping. The more I read, the more I was intrigued.' 

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TAKE HER BACK book 2

Title TBA

A laboratory of human/animal hybrids.

Robotic slaves whose humanity has been forever altered.

Bella and Ariana each face new battles of their own in this second installment of the TAKE HER BACK trilogy.

Length: 101,000 words

Status: Draft complete, editing in progress

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TAKE HER BACK book 3

Title TBA

An angry adolescent with unprecedented power and no idea how to control it.


An empire of robotic slaves and hybrids.  


Bella is in more danger than she has ever been before.

Length: 130,000 words

Status: Draft complete, editing in progress

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The Thing About Amelia

Long-listed for the Mslexia Children's Novel Competition 2016

When 15-year-old Pip is accused of attempting to murder her bully, Sienna, the only person she can turn to is her twin sister, Amelia. Amelia is everything Pip isn't – confident, loud and completely self-assured – unfortunately, she's also imaginary.
Once invited in, Amelia is reluctant to let go of her newfound control over Pip's thoughts, actions and voice and it's not long before Pip begins to lose her grip on reality. But imaginary friends - even imaginary sisters - can't actually kill you, right? 

Length: 61,000 words

Status: Complete, unpublished