My name is Leila Rasheed and I write books for children and teenagers.
My first book was called Chips, Beans and Limousines. It was a Red House Read of the Year in 2009, and was shortlisted for the Wigan Explore Book award. There are two sequels. I’m currently working on a new book and writing publisher-led fiction for Working Partners and Disney Hyperion (USA). My series for Working Partners is called The Witch of Turlingham Academy and is published under the name Ellie Boswell. My series for Disney Hyperion is called At Somerton and is published under my own name.
I also run a new writer development scheme for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic writers who want to write their first novel for children. It’s called Megaphone and the website is www.megaphonewrite.com . It is funded by Arts Council England and The Publishers’ Association Children’s Book Group in association with EQUIP (Equality in Publishing) . Please follow @MegaphoneWrite on Twitter for updates and info.
I lead creative writing workshops, critique manuscripts (only fiction for children and teenagers) and mentor people who are writing for children or teenagers.If you live in the Midlands and are interested in writing for children or teenagers, you could join our open networking/ chat group: