I was born in Cullercoats, a small seaside town in the north east of England. (It appears in my books as ‘Culvercot’.)
After university, I moved to London and became a journalist and then, after a few years, a television producer.
I worked on many well-known, and more best-forgotten shows, including ITV’s This Morning with Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan; Channel 4’s Big Breakfast and the long-running Pet Rescue. Among many others, I also did a magic series for Sky, a three-part documentary in Spain for Channel 4, a celebrity chat show with Jimmy Tarbuck, a comedy clip-show, an anarchic late-night discussion programme, Bridezillas and a teenage reality show called Cruel Summer.
(I know: specialism was not really my thing.)
I live in London, England, with my family, tropical fish and border collie, Jess. When not writing, I tour the UK and internationally talking to schools, libraries and festivals.
Cullercoats – the real-life “Culvercot”
This awesome film by Chris Ainsley shows loads of the real-life locations featured in Ross’s books: https://www.youtube.com/embed/Hn5nx6VIAhw
The Magic Circle
As a lifelong magic-nerd, I was thrilled when, in 2019, I was admitted as a member of The Magic Circle. I’m always delighted to be asked to show you a trick!
Twenty things I like
- Hot curries
- Beach bars
- George Formby songs
- Raucous dinners with friends
- New York
- George Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue
- Swedish saunas
- My family
- Magic tricks
- Playing the piano
- Newcastle United winning
- A proper cup of tea
- Swan Lake
- Laurel & Hardy
- Game Of Thrones