I was born in Middlesex, the fourth of five children. Those formative years of watching and three older siblings taught me a lot about what makes people tick. There have been teenagers around throughout my life, if you count siblings, teaching, youth work, foster children and my own two daughters and all their friends - exhausting, but good source material. That's probably why I feel most comfortable writing novels for that age group, although I sometimes meander into short stories and non-fiction for a change of scene.
My most recent books are actually revised and updated editions of bestellers from long ago: 'Bully', a story about a victim who turns the tables and becomes the bully, has been adapted for radio (BBC) and stage (Hull Truck Theatre Company) in the past.'Not Dressed Like That You Don't', shows you the secret diary of a teenager and her mother, side by side. As an author, I like to be working on two books at the same time, one serious and one humorous. I never worry about writers' block - if the day is going badly, I give up and go out on the town - Cambridge, usually, because that's where I live these days.
Check out my website if you want to know more - www.yvonnecoppard.co.uk