About me

I write books and short stories for children, teens and adults. I also write poetry, articles and contribute to blogs. I have been writing all my life, since I could hold a pen, and I love to write in cafes.


When I was young my dream was to leave Earth's gravity.I haven't quite managed that yet.

I love to travel and I collect oceans. I already have four out of the five oceans on Earth. An ocean is collected once I've paddled in it. In this photo I am in the Indian Ocean off Australia.

 My collection includes the Pacific, Southern and Atlantic Oceans. I have yet to add the Arctic Ocean and complete the set.

I was a teacher for 25 years and taught all ages. I loved the buzz of teaching and the wonderful students I worked with.

 Now I speak in schools about my books, in the UK and abroad. But the students are still just as individual and fascinating whatever language we are using.


Being an author means you get the chance to speak about your books in many different ways....


on TV...




... on radio...




... in bookshops...





...and even in a yurt on the South Bank... a wonderful event about Celebrating Sanctuary and I was introduced by Michael Rosen!

You can find out all about my books and my work including my New Publications 2016  on this website.

If you have any questions then Contact Me.

Enjoy my website and HAPPY READING!!

I am represented by Anne Clark Literary Agency.

With Mary Cash at Holiday HouseBooks Madison Avenue, New York.

The Emergency Zoo is amazing. It is really gripping and you can't be dragged away from it.  

Miriam Berry, 8 yrs.

This is truly a gem of a book. I had to sneak it off my daughter's bedside table and couldn't put it down until I'd finished it.

Jane Yates, Teacher.

Miriam's books get better and better - there's never a moment when you're bored.

Aisling Copeland, 14.

After hearing Miriam talk today I feel that I want to try writing.

Phoebe Ridgeway, 14

With Phoebe on Hayling.
With Phoebe on Hayling.

I love the twists in your books, the way I can't predict what Lindy or anyone else is going to do next.

Y8 pupil, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School.

I enjoyed HIDDEN. I liked the way you use real racial comments, it gave the book a realistic real feel to it, instead of seeming like it was obviously made up. I would recommend it to my friends and I would read other books of yours because this one was different from anything that I have read in the past.

Conrad, Y8