Some secrets last a lifetime. When Becky and her mum move to the tiny village of Oakbridge, Mum is hoping for a new beginning. But when Becky discovers an old photo of her mum in hospital clutching a baby, twelve years before Becky was born, Becky becomes haunted by the thought that her mum is keeping something from her. Stifled by her mum's over-protectiveness and depressive moods, Becky feels more alone than ever. The only place she finds comfort is at the beautiful local Butterfly Garden with her new friend, the wild-spirited and impulsive Rosa May. But Becky can't shake off the unanswered questions. Why can't she swim? Where is her dad? Who is the baby in the photo? And why is her mum lying to her? As the two girls spend more time together however, Rosa May's unpredictable temper and possessive streak suggests that she is hiding something as well...and in the heat of the sun-drenched summer, it seems that Becky is the only one in the dark.
I grew up in London with my parents, big sister and little brother, dreaming about being on the stage! I went to hundreds of dancing lessons and joined every drama group going! My best friend Julia and I spent LOADS of time making up dance routines in our bedrooms - using our hairbrushes as microphones to sing out at the tops of our voices.
Soon after starting secondary school I began to feel a bit shy about performing although I still loved going to the theatre and I still dreamed about being a STAR. I went to see the same shows over and over again and I often thought I'd never be happy unless I ended up on a West End stage singing and dancing in front of hundreds of people!
Luckily I did find other ways to be happy. I qualified as a primary school teacher and at around the same time I started up my own Saturday Drama Club - Full Circle.
Full Circle has been running for years and years...we have put on so many awesome productions and some of the children who joined when they were six or seven years old still come along now to help out! Running a drama club for children and putting on shows for all their family and friends has been just as exciting for me as performing myself!
When my first baby Callum was born I got to stay at home for a while and look after him. Whenever he went to sleep (which was quite often) I started to scribble down ideas for a book about a drama club. Then when my second baby, Freddy, was born and I was at home again, I sat down at my computer and turned my scribbled notes into a story about a very shy girl called Phoebe who dreams about being a star...
I still live in London and I still have BIG dreams - but these days they're much more about writing than about singing and dancing.
Dreams are so important...I do hope all of yours come true!