about me

I’m an award-winning teen author, experienced school speaker and creative workshop co-ordinator. I have appeared at several festivals as a speaker, including Hay-on-Wye (2016), Oxford (2016), Highgate & Hampstead (2015) and Chichester. I am happy to hold author talks or run creative workshops within schools and other arenas. I am experienced in supporting young people within a school environment and am particularly interested in working with beginner writers. I am an experienced school speaker and am represented by Stephanie Thwaites at Curtis Brown

my books

I'm the author of five books to date, my first being The Blog of Maisy Malone which was published in 2012, and my latest titled Tender which was published in March 2018. I am currently working hard on my sixth novel which is due for publication in early 2019.

Touching on mental health, family, friendship and the pressures that teenage carers face.  Author Cat Clarke says,  “TENDER is a compassionate, compelling and unflinching novel“. Marty and Daisy spend their lives pretending. Marty pretends his mum’s grip on reality isn’t slipping by the day. Daisy pretends her parents aren’t exhausting themselves while they look after her incurably ill brother. They both pretend they’re fine. But the thing about pretending is, at some point, it has to stop. And then what?

"Told in the dual-narrative style, Tender is the story of two Young Carers, Marty and Daisy. It's candid, insightful and touching, and ultimately raises an important question: is it wrong to ask for help? I liked Marty and Daisy. Their perspective on being Young Carers, coping with their circumstances and what the future holds for them was both tangible and valuable. The externalised power struggle between hope, fear, strength and weakness lent the story a strong connection to its title."

How can you heal if you can’t face your past? Confident, popular Gabi has a secret – a secret so terrible she can’t tell her family, or her best friend. She can’t even take pleasure in her beloved skateboarding any more. And then one day an impulse turns to something darker. Gabi has never felt so alone. But then she learns that not everyone has wounds you can see.

"I've liked all Eve Ainsworth's books but I think this might be my favourite. Gabi is an engaging heroine, and I love how Ainsworth juxtaposes the thrill and physicality of her skating with the very different physical awareness as she starts to inflict damage on her body. The handling of both grief and Gabi's grandfather's alcoholism are painfully precise. I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes thoughtful teen fiction."

Love hurts … but should it hurt this much? Reeling from her mum’s sudden departure, Anna finds the comfort she needs in her blossoming relationship with Will. He’s handsome and loving, everything Anna has always dreamt of. He’s also moody and unpredictable, pushing her away from her friends and her music. He wants her to be his and his alone. He wants her to be perfect. Anna’s world is closing in. But threatening everything is a dark secret that not even Will can control…

"An intelligent, thoughtful story about falling for the kind of boy who makes you fell special, and then makes you feel a bit hemmed in, and finally makes you feel very uncomfortable indeed. The whole issue of domestic abuse and coercive control has been much in the news recently, and in Crush, Eve Ainsworth shows how toxic relationships are not solely the preserve of adults -- that, in fact, the pattern can begin early. I think this is an important and timely book."

Life is hard for Jess. School should be a safe place but at the moment it’s everything Jess dreads, and it’s made even more difficult by the threatening presence of Kez. Kez lives in a nicer part of town but her life isn’t any sweeter. The only place she finds comfort is knowing she is better off than Jess – or so she thinks.

"I've just finished this book - it's a moving read, beautifully written. The story is told by Jess and Kez, the two main characters. As both sides of the story unfold we learn that nothing is as simple as it might first appear. The build-up to the climax of the book is swift and unsettling, and the end - well, I won't give it away - but it was very satisfying and thought-provoking. Highly recommended!"

My name is Maisy Malone. I’m seventeen years old, live in a ratty council house with my 60 year old near-alcoholic Dad and a dog with a leaky bum. This is my blog. You can either like it, or you can lump it…

"This is a truly wonderful story, really takes you into the world of a teen (both my children are now grown up) and the difficulties they face today. Really does make you want to laugh and cry, gets you really feeling for the characters. So sad to actually reach the end - i so hope there is a sequel."

workshops and school visits

I am experienced in working in schools in Pastoral and Child Protection roles. Alongside being an enthusiastic speaker and promoter for reading and creative writing, I can also deliver workshops and talk more specifically about bullying and/or toxic relationships.
Workshop Examples:

  • Character building/developing charcters
  • Interviewing your hero villain
  • From another perspective – looking at another point of view
  • Dual narrative – exploring the power of two voices
  • The power of dialogue

Author Talks:

  • My route to publication
  • An author’s life
  • Focus on bullying – why I wrote 7 Days
  • Stats and facts on bullying
  • Focus on toxic relationships – why I wrote Crush
  • Stats and facts on toxic relationships
  • on self harm, mental health and hurting – why I wrote Damage

Book a Visit:
If you are interested in booking a visit, please contact me using the form below, or connect with me through my Social Media links.


CILIP Carnegie Nomination

  I’m so delighted to see that Tender has been nominated for the CILIP Carnegie award for 2019. It’s always so lovely to be nominated for this award as it comes directly from librarians. As a child, I practically lived in my school and public library – finding solace amongst the books and silence. I […]

Book Signing on Saturday 24th March

I’ll be at Waterstones in Crawley on Saturday between 12pm – 3 pm for a book signing of my latest book TENDER which was released a couple of weeks ago. It would be great to see you there.

Seven Days – Questions and Answers

Youtube interview with fab blogger Michelle at Fluttering Butterflies:  

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