I’ve always loved writing and spent my schooldays sitting by classroom windows staring at the sky and dreaming up stories. As a result I never mastered simultaneous equations or kinetic theory but enough education filtered through to get me to university and blag my way into a series of careers – firstly as a solicitor, then as an event organiser and, in time, as a Marketing and Fundraising Development Manager for a charity.
Writing was an important part of all of those jobs, from explaining complex legal issues in plain language to composing newsletters, adverts and funding applications. However, much as I enjoyed those creative outlets, my favourite kind of writing is fiction. People are endlessly fascinating to me and I just love creating characters then exploring their challenges and triumphs.
I’ve now written two historical romances set in the Roaring 20s when hardship and glamour sat side by side. The first of them, The Silver Ladies of London, was shortlisted in the Historical Romance category of the UK’s Romantic Novel Awards. The second, ‘The Brighton Guest House Girls’, will be published on 4 July 2019. Both books feature lively characters and explore friendship, courage, loyalty and love in difficult times.
As well as writing my own stories, I have many years’ experience of mentoring other writers too, so do take a look at my ‘For Writers’ page.
Writing achievements – 90 short story sales to the women’s magazine market, winning the Festival of Romance New Talent Award and the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Elizabeth Goudge Cup, being shortlisted in the Historical Romance category of the UK Romantic Novel Awards and success in competitions as varied as crime writing to writing for children.
Where I live – Originally Manchester but currently in Hertfordshire.