Christina wrote her first story aged 8 about a boy who accidentally let his pet snake loose on a double-decker bus. She went on to study English Literature at Oxford University and has been writing ever since.
She has done lots of other things too, like work for a newspaper, move to America, study printmaking, paint and teach literacy to children with learning differences. But writing is the thing she loves to do most. She is represented by Elizabeth Harding at Curtis Brown Ltd. in New York.
A note about the the Kids’ Picks review page:
If you are aged 8 to 12 (-ish) and you’ve read something lately that you absolutely loved and would like to share a recommendation, ask a parent or adult to send an email to:
I'm a slow reader and a slow writer - which is something I love to be when it comes to good books. I decided to create this site so that I could share aspects of my creative process with other writers and readers at a gentler pace. Reflecting on process helps to clarify things for me too. I find that thinking about the craft of writing often serves to lift, inspire, reassure or challenge whatever is going on in my mind.
Books are transformative, they ignite the magic and power of the imagination whatever your age, whether you are a child seeing the world for the first time or fully grown up and you've seen it all before. Books connect. Books enable us to step into somebody else's shoes, to see the world through somebody else's eyes, to think, question and feel from somebody else's perspective. And in the end, we as readers are left better able to understand not only ourselves but one another. In my mind at least, that matters. Very much. And that's really why I love to read and why I'm grateful to spend much of my time writing.