I was born in London a long time ago, spent a year in the US as an exchange student when I was eighteen, and have lived in and around Wiltshire in the West of England ever since. I'm married, have a son, a daughter and two grandsons. I live in a small village which boasts one of the famous Wiltshire White Horses on the hill overlooking us.
I've always loved books, winning my first prize for reading at infant school. My award was a book called 'The Elves and the Shoemaker'. I was a devoted member of The Puffin Club, and spent my pocket money on Ladybird Books.
In my teens, I discovered a book called 'The Green Bronze Mirror' by Lynne Ellison. She had written this time slip story at the age of fourteen. It made me realise that I wanted to write books too, and if she could do it, why not me? The trouble was, I was too busy reading books, getting through school and chasing boys to actually find the time to write!
I eventually started writing in my mid-twenties, when my husband bought me an Amstrad word processor.
My first book, Sunflower Summer, was pretty bad, as were other efforts in those days. I had lots of ideas, but they never seemed to translate into readable stories. I decided I’d better learn more about the craft of writing, so I went back to being a student.
Today, I have a first class BA(Hons) in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, and an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University. It took me seven years of part-time study, whilst continuing to work full-time as a charity fundraiser. It was tough, but I loved every minute of it. And the hard work is starting to pay off. In 2012, my autobiographical piece, ’A Flawed Reflection’, was published in the ‘Body Gossip’ anthology, and in August 2014 I signed contracts for the publication of three books with Accent Press Ltd.
I’m a member of the Oxford Narrative Writers group, and the Romantic Novelists’ Association Bath & North Wiltshire Chapter. I’ve shared a lot of love, laughter and constructive criticism with fellow writers, for which I am eternally grateful. Long may it continue. I look forward to the next stage of my life’s journey as a published author, and I hope you enjoy my stories.