The American Girl

An American exchange student wanders barefoot and bloodied from the woods near a small French town. But is she a victim…  or a suspect? My second novel, The American Girl, is coming out this summer with William Morrow (US)/Killer Reads (an imprint of HarperCollins UK). The novel takes place in the sun-drenched world of a small French town called St Roch, replete with a cast of eccentric local […]

Girls of Summer

My new novel, The American Girl, comes out soon and I’m getting excited (and a little bit nervous!). I’ve been lucky to have some lovely feedback from some authors I really admire, including Megan Abbott, Lori Rader-Day and Hilary Davidson. It meant a lot to me that writers who have inspired me were generous with their time and read my […]

Cover for The American Girl

I was so excited to see the final cover for THE AMERICAN GIRL. I love the mysterious image of a girl used in the design and the blurb for the book, “What she can’t remember, they’ll never forget.” The novel – due out with William Morrow (US) and HarperCollins (UK) July 2016 – is now up on the HarperCollins site. […]

The Monster’s Wife

“A superb debut, an atmospheric and gripping mystery… bursting with the most beautiful and lyrical prose.” K J Wignall, author of The Mercian Trilogy “Startlingly original…brilliantly weird and dark.” Sara Maitland, author of A Book of Silence To a tiny island in Orkney, peopled by a devout community of thirty, comes Victor Frankenstein, driven there by a Devil’s bargain: to make […]

The Secret Mother

It was a great pleasure to interview Victoria Delderfield at the launch of her debut novel, The Secret Mother, at Urmston Library in Manchester on Wednesday night – an event hosted by the lovely people from Urmston Bookshop. Vicky and I took the Creative Writing MA at Lancaster at the same time and she workshopped parts of her novel on the course. I remember […]

Gothic Tales & Short Stories

I had a lovely time at Waterstones in Lancaster last week reading from my work alongside the wonderful Zoe Lambert, author of The War Tour. Zoe read a riveting and thought-provoking story ’33 Bullets’, in which “a Kurdish academic flees persecution and while imprisoned in a UK detention centre still tries to write an article about the poet Ahmed Arif, […]

Northwest Literary Salon Reading Event

Gothic Tales & Twitter Stories The lovely Naomi Kruger and Yvonne Battle-Felton of the Northwest Literary Salon have invited me to give a reading at their next event, which will  take place at 7pm on the 4th of September in Waterstones in Lancaster. Naomi and Yvonne will introduce readings from myself and novelist Paul McVeigh. Paul will be reading from his  first novel The […]

The American Girl

What she can’t remember, they’ll never forget I’m excited to announce that my second novel, The American Girl, is coming out with William Morrow (US) and HarperCollins (UK) in July 2016. The novel draws on my teenage adventures staying in the South of France as an exchange student and a description of it is now up on the HarperCollins site. Here is […]

Cake Magazine

Many thanks to editor Finn Jackson for asking me to write a feature article for the latest issue of Cake Magazine. When she wrote to me to say that the subject for Cake 7 was the body (human, animal, monster), “how we celebrate it, dissect it, wonder and rage at it”, I was intrigued straight away, but it was really her reminder of the […]

Monster’s Wife Reading at Lancaster University

I’m really looking forward to visiting Lancaster next week to talk about The Monster’s Wife and catch up with old friends. So if you happen to be in County Main next Wednesday at 4pm feeling at a loose end, it would be lovely to see you there! “Our former Creative Writing MA student, Dr Kate Horsley, will be visiting on Wednesday […]