My debut children’s novel, The Keeper of the Stones, was published as a paperback in March 2020 by a small independent press, Hayloft Publishing.
It’s received a Kirkus starred review, which you can read here, meaning the book is nominated for the 2020 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature. The shortlist for the prize will be revealed in September with the final judging in October.
Meanwhile I’m working on the sequel, so Lizzie will be having another time travel adventure.
Several of my literary short stories have been published under the name Roz DeKett. I’ve also been published as Roz Kay in the American children’s literary magazine Cricket.
Most recently I’ve launched a small indie publishing venture, Darley Press. I plan to open to submissions in the near future, with the intention of publishing one novel (literary fiction for adults, not children – yet!) in 2021.
I worked as a reporter and sub-editor on The Journal in Newcastle upon Tyne and on the Liverpool Echo. I was a reporter, producer, and news editor for BBC Radio Manchester, and a producer for the original BBC Radio 5. I have a BA (Combined Hons) in English Literature and History from the University of Leeds and I’m a member of the Society of Authors.
I’ve lived in Ghana, Sabah (Malaysia), Brunei, Canada, and the United States, as well as the UK. I now live in Wiltshire, England, close to the great stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury that inspired my children’s novel.
You can buy The Keeper of the Stones directly from me by emailing email@example.com (this email is also provided on the publisher’s web site) or on Amazon from Darley Press as the distributor. Either way, it’s discounted from the cover price and you’ll get a signed copy.