Welcome to my website.  I’m a children’s author and I have written a series of books about a girl detective named Violet. Three are now published – Violet and the Pearl of the Orient, Violet and the Hidden Treasure and Violet and the Smugglers. Violet and the Mummy Mystery which will come out in August 2017, and I am currently  having a lot of fun writing Violet and Tiger Island .

I am very excited because Violet and the Smugglers has been shortlisted for the Best Crime Novel for Children Award at CrimeFest.  The results are announced on May 20th so fingers crossed. Violet and the Hidden Treasure was also shortlisted recently for the Sainsbury Prize and Violet and the Pearl of the the Orient was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2015, which was rather thrilling. Other nice things people have said about the books are –

-”Whitehorn’s debut is pacey and imaginative and Becka Moor’s illustrations a delight.” – Alex O’Connell, The Times books of the Year 2014

“..a great heroine, an intriguing story and brilliant use of language.”
“absolutely beautifully published, it’s a gorgeous small hardback.” @Yayeahyeah

I’ve also had some great reviews on the wonderful site Toppsta- here’s the link- https://toppsta.com/books/details/violet-and-the-pearl-of-the-orient

I was also very excited to contribute a short story to the collection “Mystery and Mayhem” which came out in May 2016.  it is full of wonderful stories and I hope you enjoy mine, “The Murder of Monsieur Pierre.”

I love  visiting schools and my usual format is a creative writing workshop on detective stories.  I make it as fun as possible with a worksheet and power point and the children will have the basis of a detective story at the end of it which can be taken forward either in school or on their own.  In my experience it works best with Years 3 – 6.

If you want to get in touch, please email me at deedeederota@gmail.com or follow me on twitter or on instagram.