I live in Somerset, mainly in my sunny study where I sit and write for a ridiculous number of hours every day, normally starting at 6 a.m.

I have four daughters, a very tolerant husband,.and a fantastically energetic black labrador puppy.

When I’m not writing, I am usually found heading for the outdoors – walking, running, cycling, climbing, skiing. I’m happiest when faced with an uphill challenge and have a passion for hills and mountains.

I studied speech sciences at University College London and have spent much of my life teaching, lecturing and working with students with language and literacy difficulties. More recently, I spent an incredible year doing the MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University.

During 8 years living in New Zealand, I started writing books for younger children. I’ve now leapt a few years and am enjoying writing for the young adult audience.

It’s easy to miss out on opportunities in life because we’re afraid of failure. That’s why I like to take risks, set myself challenges and keep brain and body active.

Maria Farrer is available for corporate events, private shows, milestone celebrations (birthday, anniversary), fundraisers, festivals, and more.