Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Potted History

I started this blog in 2010 as I was finishing a book called Sleepwell and Fly, writing as Fletcher Moss, a name I stole from a park a few miles from where I live. (I'm still @fletchermoss on Twitter, and @fletcher__moss on Insta if you want to say hello.)

Eventually, in 2012, that book won the Times Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition. It was published as The Poison Boy in April of 2014.

The five years' of posts here cover 2010 to 2015, including my struggles with the original novel, stuff I learnt along the way, being longlisted for the competition, eventually winning it, and the process of re-writing, editing, and eventually publishing the book.

It did OK and I got another deal. My second novel is called Lifers, and I've shed my pseudonym. I blog now at

I won't be updating this site beyond this post, and for a few years I took it down. But then I thought what the hell. Someone might one day find it useful.