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.
My first saga, The Silver Ladies of London, has allowed me to create four female characters, each of whom is different but each of whom I love. Their romantic partners aren’t half bad either but let me know if you disagree.
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, success in competitions as varied as crime writing to writing for children.
Non-writing achievements – Joint top place goes to my two gorgeous daughters whom I love to bits.
Interests – Spending time with my daughters, seeing friends (particularly when this involves drinking wine in a hot tub), going out for walks (despite walking straight past friends and acquaintances due to being in a world of my own), reading (obviously), feeding the birds who visit the house with a special shout-out for Quail, a one-legged creature who turned out not to be a quail but a partridge instead…
Favourite chocolate – Cadbury’s Dairy Milk though Lindt Lindor gives it a run for its money.
Shameful moment – being banned from school trips for swimming in the fountains at Chatsworth House – in full school uniform.
Embarrassing share – I’m Moominmama to my daughters (Moomin for short) and love all things Moomin. I’ve got a Moomin tea light holder, key fob, coaster… Oh, and my friend, Noreen, always allocates me the special Moomin mug when I’m round at her house. Well, I did say this was embarrassing.
Where I live – Originally Manchester but currently in Hertfordshire.