About Me

I grew up in Selby, a small town in North Yorkshire, and always loved writing – even when I was tiny. I remember being six years old and bashing out little stories on our BBC Acorn computer! Inspired by the Point Horror series, I wrote a YA vampire novel in my teens and would re-draft it every year in the summer holidays, but I had no idea of how to go about even trying to get published.

 

At the age of eighteen, I moved to Paris to take a gap year before university. I didn’t know anyone and had to find my feet quickly, getting a job in a bureau de change, with a little bit of waitressing on the side. It was an amazing experience, as I got to meet people from all over the world, and tried to explore as much of the city as I could while perfecting my French!

 

I then read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Trinity College, Oxford, but found plenty to distract me from my studies. I wrote news and features for the Cherwell student newspaper, ran for election to the Oxford Union and acted in a lot of plays – a couple of which went to the Edinburgh Fringe. I also began my first serious attempts at writing around this time, and optimistically sent off a few chapters to a handful of agents. But as nothing came of them, I had to pursue an alternative career... and decided on acting.

 

After a short course at the Oxford School of Drama and a stint working for the Press Association, I undertook a postgraduate course at Drama Studio London. I had a brilliant time, and then it was out into the big wide world, but the writing bug never went away and I was still working on material whenever I could. If I wasn’t acting or auditioning, I was temping in offices which gave me lots of time to write, and I still hung onto my dreams of being published.

 

It wasn’t until the beginning of 2010, when the Darley Anderson agency replied to my submission and said they’d like to see more of my work, that I finally got my break. I sent it off, holding my breath, and the fabulous Maddy Buston helped me knock my debut novel, IDOL, into shape. It was submitted to publishing houses over the summer, and by September of that year I had a two-book deal with HarperCollins. It felt incredible, and really was a dream come true.

 

My second novel, DIVA, is now finished and due for release in July 2012. It's amazing to finally be a published author, and I hope I get to carry on for many years to come!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photographs by David Price