Sue started writing books by mistake; having abandoned English after O level and taken up the sciences, decades later she wrote a story for her daughter’s birthday and was really surprised that someone wanted to publish it. She was even more surprised when they asked her to write some more and the award-winning Small Blue Thing series was born. Writing primarily for teens, she was voted into the Queen of Teen final twice and regularly speaks at schools and conferences about her unlikely journey from corporate headhunter to best-selling author.
Sue continues to write books that her own daughter would like to read – contemporary thrillers, usually with a paranormal or dystopian twist – and sets them in well-known London locations. She tries to sneak at least one of the family pets into each one.
The Beneath: Imagine meeting someone from a community living far below the streets of London, someone who’s never seen daylight or breathed fresh air. Someone who’s got a secret, and a story, and a plan that will put you and the boy you love in terrible danger. It’s an ordinary school day but Lily is about to step into a nightmare. How can Lily trust the girl she rescues from the Tube tunnel? It’s only when Lily finds herself in the labyrinth beneath London that she learns the horrific truth – about the Farmer, the Crop, and about herself.
Small Blue Thing (sequels Scattering Like Light, Perfectly Reflected): When 17 year-old Alex rescues a swan caught on a wire stuck deep in the Thames mud, she finds an extraordinary bracelet. Through its disturbing and compelling powers, she meets Callum, a soul locked in a half-life of sadness and mystery following a terrible accident, and his persuasive and sinister sister, Catherine. As Alex and Callum grow closer despite the enormous obstacles to their love, the dangers mount until Alex must risk everything to save her best friend and Callum must risk everything to save Alex.