About the author

Hello, my name is Helen Moss.  Thank you for visiting the Secrets of the Tombs website.

This is me doing one of my favourite things (talking about books) in one of my favourite places (a book shop!)

I was born in 1964 and grew up in the beautiful rolling countryside of Worcestershire, interspersed with long visits to  Saudi Arabia, where my father worked. There's a part of Saudi Arabia called the rub al khali. It means empty quarter. It's the biggest sand desert in the world. We lived on a farm not far from the edge of that bit. Before internet, Skype or mobile phones. It came in useful to have an overactive imagination!

I've always loved animals - 101 Dalmations was one of my favourite films
My favourite subjects at school were languages and sciences, and I went on to university to study Psychology and Philosophy.

While I was a student  I had all kinds of jobs including being a waitress in the famous Ronnie Scotts jazz club (hard work, but fun) and trying to sell photocopiers over the phone (hard work and not much fun), but I left all that behind to study for a PhD in psycholinguistics at the University of Cambridge.  After that I spent many happy years researching and lecturing on the way our brains process language and it how can be affected by brain injury and disease. If you are interested, you can find out all about the amazing research that goes on at the Centre for Speech, Language and the Brain in Cambridge.

I have always loved writing, and wrote my first book for children in 2007. It's not published yet, but I'm  still working on it!  Since then I have written a series called Superstar High (under the name Isabella Cass) and the Adventure Island series. I'm currently working on a new adventure series called Secrets of the Tombs.

I'm very fortunate to be represented by Jenny Savill of Andrew Nurnberg Associates. The Adventure Island and Secrets of the Tombs series are published by the wonderful Orion Children's Books. I am a member and co-coordinator for the Central East Network of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

I love going to schools to talk about books and writing and reading. If you would like to find out more about my school visits, please see this page on my author website.

Hands up if you love reading!
Milton Rd Primary School on a VERY hot July afternoon!
I've lived in London, Glasgow and Oregon, but now live near Cambridge with my computer-scientist husband, two teenage sons and a menagerie of dogs, hens and other animals - including a bearded dragon called Frankie.

When I’m not writing or feeding animals I like walking in the countryside with our border collies, Storm and Maia.

I also like climbing trees... 

I think I found the Faraway Tree
and climbing mountains...
and ski-ing down them...

At the summit of Mt Hood in Oregon
What do you mean I'm a bit overdressed for a day's writing?