Monthly Archives: January 2014

Welcome to the 21st Century!

This week I feel like I’ve been taken over by Q – the gadgety bloke who gives James Bond all the whizzy stuff he needs to beat the baddies! In the past ten days I’ve joined Twitter, got a website, bought a kindle and learnt how to blog. Next step is a smart phone, then I’m ready for world domination. It’s weird. I’ve finally caught up with the 21st century – only 14 years late! And it’s all thanks to my brilliant new agent – Gemma Cooper. That’s her in the picture. ←She’s like ‘M’ in my mini James Bond world.SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

In other news: my latest book the Gasp of the Ghoulish Guinea Pig, the seventh instalment in the Undead Pets series is now in shops and libraries. Keep a look out and let me know if you spot it.UPETS_GOTGGPIG I loved writing this book, mainly because we find out more about Spiker. For anyone who is new to the Undead Pets series, Spiker is the arch enemy of the main character, Joe. In this book we find out Spiker has a less spiky side, (who would have thought it!). I won’t give too much of the plot away but if you’ve got guinea pigs and you or your parents are doing the laundry, make sure your piggies are safely tucked up in their hutch! Oh, and check out Simon Cooper’s amazing illustrations. The double page spread of Spiker’s big brother’s bedroom is EPIC! And the comic strip scene, is as always, totally brilliant!

More Undead Pets news… Some of the foreign editions have plopped through my letter box. Great to see South Korean and French Canadian editions of the series.JB002 JB001

And don’t forget, if you’re an Undead Pet’s super-fan you’ll find lots to do on the series website: and if you want to review the books go to the publisher’s website and type in the title of the book.

Thanks for reading!




Sam’s first blog post

Hi, this is the bit where I keep you up to date with all my latest news. Like how much tea I’ve drunk today, and how many curly wurlys I’ve scoffed.

(So far today: Tea – 4 cups. Curly Wurlys – none. Somone’s eaten them all! *sad face*)

It’s also the place where you might find some ideas for books to read. As well as writing books I love reading them – by myself, with school book groups and with my own kids. These are my kids and the cat, as drawn by Alice.MY KIDS DOODLE 

And here are some of the books we’re enjoying at the moment.


FORTUNATELY, THE MILK – Neil Gaiman - Mum’s away on a business trip and Dad’s left in charge. Unfortunately he forgets to get the milk. This is the funny story of why it takes him so long to get back from the shop with the milk. Lots of laughs. Great pictures. Archie, my son says: This is a great book because the dad time-travels. Great for 6+

WONDER by R.J. Palacio an epic book about a ten year old boy who looks very different – he was born with a facial abnormality – starting school for the first time. Sounds heavy, but it’s not. Great writing, lightly done. Incredibly powerful and uplifting. I love it! So do the kids I’m reading it with. Good for readers age 10+

Check them out!