I was born, and grew up in the City of Brighton in England. My undergraduate degree was actually in art, and I worked as an illustrator for many years, first in London, and then in New York.
I started writing seriously about 20 years ago, and then received my MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College.
I published my first picture book for children, PAPER PARADE, in 2004, which won a FLYING START award from Publishers Weekly.
Since then I have published about a dozen books, mostly for children, including two Young Adult novels.
Seven Stories came out in 2005, and received a NEWCOMER TO WATCH from the Horn Book.
A DAY AT THE BEACH came out in 2006.
GIZMO was published in 2007
Then DON’T LOOK NOW
IF YOU LIVED HERE YOU’D BE HOME BY NOW is my most recent picture book, and probably my favorite of all my published books .
My two young adult novels CHOPPY-SOCKY BLUES and I AM NOT THE WALRUS were published in 2010 and 2012 respectively.
The PETAL and POPPY series of easy readers was published between 2013 and 2015.
SABLE AND SMEDLEY was an easy reader–graphic novel, that was supposed to come out in 2016, but the publisher went bust.
STRANGE STORIES is my most recent published book, which was published in 2018.
Bird and the Ghost is my most recent book. It’s a non-fiction graphic novel that combines personal memoir with the stories of Antoine Sax (the inventor of the saxophone) and Charlie Parker, generally considered to be the greatest saxophone player of all time.
In December 2005 I started compiling a weekly comic for Publishers Weekly, entitled TALES FROM THE SLUSH PILE. Since then I have produced over 700 of the comics.
I now teach Creative Writing at Rowan University, and Picture Book Design and Illustration at Rosemont College, both in the Philadelphia area.