Paula’s talent for writing was first noticed when she won the BBC National Get Writing competition and her comic story was read by Bill Nighy on Radio 4. The opening chapters of her teen thriller, ‘The Truth About Celia Frost’, led to her becoming a winner of ‘Undiscovered Voices 2010’ run by The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators British Isles. She was subsequently signed up by Usborne who published ‘The Truth About Celia Frost’ in 2011. Celia Frost was nominated for 11 literary awards. It was selected as the winner of the Leeds Book Award (2012), Sefton Super Reads Award (2012), and the Nottingham Brilliant Book Award (2013). Her second novel, ‘Blood Tracks’, was published in 2013. It was shortlisted for several literary awards, winning ‘The Rib Valley Book Award 2014’.
Paula’s stories for adults have been published in a number of anthologies of contemporary fiction. She was commissioned to write a story for Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature’s anthology, ‘These Seven’.
Paula is proud to be a writer in residence in a secondary school for the national literacy charity First Story. She is also regularly invited into secondary schools around the UK to do author talks and workshops. Paula is delighted to be the patron of the East Midlands School Library Association as she’s a big fan of school librarians and the great work they do to get students reading.
She is also part of a collective of award winning YA writers called The Edge . Their first anthology of thought-provoking short stories for teens, ‘Stories from the Edge’ was published in 2016.
Paula is represented by the fabulous Clare Conville of Conville and Walsh in London.
Paula was born and brought up in Liverpool and now lives in Nottingham with her husband and three children who are all taller than her.
Her third YA novel SHELL, was published in Jan 2018 and has won the North East Teen Book Award, The Derbyshire Schools’ Book Award, the NWS Speculative Fiction Book of the Year and is currently shortlisted for three other awards. Her fourth YA novel, THE NEW BOY arrives March 2019. Both novels are published by Scholastic.