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:
The Magic Circle
As a lifelong magic-nerd, I was thrilled when, in 2019, I was admitted as a member of The Magic Circle.
It is the world’s oldest club for magicians and requires an audition to join. The Circle meets every Monday in the wonderful headquarters in central London, where there is a theatre and a large library – including a copy of the world’s oldest magic book The Discoverie of Witchcraft by Reginald Scott from 1584.
One of the tricks I performed at my audition is the “Time Travelling Rope Trick” – featured in nearly all my school and festival shows.
I first became interested in magic at the age of six when I was given a magic set by my Gran for Christmas. I loved watching magic on TV and when I was a TV producer I made “Max Magic” for Sky TV, starring Max Somerset.
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