Pippa Dee is a nickname that an old flatmate gave me, and now it’s my pen name for young adult and fantasy novels.
Pippa Dee comes from my first name and middle name—Phillipa Deanne. I loved story-telling and fantasy worlds from an early age, and when I was younger, I was often found staring into nothingness—day dreaming about magic and other fantastical worlds. Actually, I still do that!
My favourite fantasy books growing up were The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Wishing Chair, and I’m also a big Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings fan.
One of my other early loves was crime fiction, starting off with children’s mysteries (e.g. Nancy Drew, Famous Five) before moving on to adult crime fiction. It was this interest that led me to write crime fiction under my initials, PD Martin.