If you’re interested in what I’m working on currently, here’s the low-down on a couple of my projects.
Sister Death (Crime):
October 31st, 1998: seven-year old Erin Chambers stumbles out of the woods near her home with no memory of the past twenty-four hours. Her brother Alex is nowhere to be seen.
In 1998 the Chambers siblings were the last victims of ‘The Father’, a serial abductor terrorising England by luring pairs of siblings from their beds. But unlike the other stolen children, including her brother, Erin was returned alive.
Traumatised and unable to remember what happened, Erin has spent the last decade moving on. Until now. Now it has started again. A brother and sister abducted from their home in Derbyshire, grafitti on the walls in blood – an ominous promise: ‘The Father is Back’.
This time he won’t stop until he is dead. The police are stumped and running out of time. Erin is their only hope. If only she can remember the truth about what really happened the night she and her brother were stolen…
After the Eclipse (Crime):
Two solar eclipses. Two missing girls.
August 11th, 1999: Olive Warren is abducted during the darkness of a solar eclipse. Her older sister was supposed to be watching her. Olive is never seen again.
March 2015: In desperate need of a fresh start, journalist Cassie Warren moves back to the small Derbyshire town of Bishop’s Green to live with her ailing grandmother. When a local girl goes missing just before the next big eclipse, Cassie suspects the disappearance is connected to her sister – that whoever took Olive is still out there. But she needs to find a way to prove it, and time is running out.
Mystery author Diana Collins has been obsessed with Briar House for as long as she can remember. Ever since a six-year old girl died on the property thirty years ago the house has been empty. Rumour has it that the place is haunted, and nobody in town dares step foot inside. And people like it that way.
So when Briar House is finally sold, Diana can’t help but be curious. Especially when she meets Juno, the house’s new owner, and spies an opportunity to find the answers to her questions. Like, who killed Susie Briar? And why will nobody talk about what happened that day?
Diana is drawn to Juno, and soon her quest for knowledge becomes equally about getting to know this enigmatic stranger. But despite Diana’s affection for her new neighbour, not everybody is happy to have a newcomer in town. People don’t want a nosey writer digging up the past either – and when Diana and Juno start receiving ghostly threats, and somebody breaks into Juno’s house, Diana starts to realise something…
Asking questions only leads to trouble. And sometimes, it’s best to leave secrets buried.
The Mortician’s Daughter (YA):
THE ADDAMS FAMILY meets PUSHING DAISIES
When Elv’s father dies mysteriously, the seventeen year old is forced to leave the Valley where she has spent her whole life and move to a remote boarding school run by her aunt, made especially for people like her.
Elv has always known she was a little odd, with her penchant for herbalism and her ability to sense changes in the weather, but at Fairhaven she learns that her deepest secret – that she may have in fact been responsible for the death of her father – may just be the noose around her neck.
And she isn’t the only one with secrets to keep. Everybody at Fairhaven seems to be hiding something and, as Elv soon learns, sometimes secrets can kill.