I have been writing information books for children for many years and have written nearly 300 books (I've lost count). I write about extreme weather, forensic science, animals and anything I can research - I enjoy finding out and writing about new things. I also visit schools to talk to children about writing and run creative science writing workshops. When I'm not writing, I listen to a range of music, which includes some jazz, Mozart and Mahler, and enjoy playing tennis and walking. My favourite books include Middlemarch by George Eliot and A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro.