Heather’s work as a writer has always been combined with other forms of employment. She wrote her first (unpublished) novel aged 12 and, at 16, won the Daily Mirror Children’s Literary Competition out of 35,000 contestants. With a degree in English and Russian literature, she then worked as a teacher, translator (from Russian, French, Spanish), editor and commissioning editor of children’s and adult books, specialising
Her first books for children, The Tractors of Thomson Yard, were inspired by her son’s fascination with tractors. At a time when there were no books with tractors as heroes, she created four titles based on a Norfolk farm. Each tractor has its own song, and the stories explore the working life of tractors throughout the farming year.
Heather has now written over 30 children’s books, including fiction and non-fiction, picture books and game books. Illustrated by many diverse artists her books are sold around the world.
Her latest project, Dinosaur Douglas Books, starring the loveably naughty Dinosaur Douglas, embraces literacy, art and healthy eating.
What the papers say about Dinosaur Douglas and the Beastly Bugs
Story books that convey a vital health message have to be convincing and well illustrated, and Heather's use of rhymes combined with Alex's terrific illustrations will ensure that they grab the children's attention right from the word go. Dinosaurs are still number one on children's list of favourite subjects, so this is a sure-fire winner! (Books Monthly)
Up and down the land children will do anything to get out of brushing their teeth . . .this fantastic rhyming book reinforces the importance of regularly brushing teeth. (The Sun)
What the papers say about some of Heather's books:
Bedtime for Little Pandas
An excellent book for 2 – 4 year-olds . . . stretches the powers of observation, vocabulary and understanding. (Sunday Times)
The Magic Hourglass: A Round-the World Adventure Game
A fascinating combination of information, story and picture book. Excellent for reluctant or new readers. (The Good Book Guide)
Winner of the YALSA Best Book for Reluctant Young Readers Award.
The Magic Stopwatch: A Sports Adventure Game
Lively descriptive paragraphs work with the visuals to produce an instructive source of knowledge about both the language of sport and the rules and tactics of play. (TES)
Diary of a Princess: the story of a princess at the time of Marco Polo
A delightful addition to any library, especially history lovers of all ages. (Magpies Magazine. Children’s literature)
Shortlisted for the English Association Award