A Brief Biography
When I was in my late 20s, I had a go at writing a novel about a messy relationship break-up. It had intrigue, drama and murder. It was pretty good, I thought. So once I’d dashed off the first draft, I rushed it out to agents. I was in a rush because I was heavily pregnant with my first child. I thought that a) I should just get it done before the baby arrived and b) I’d get a book deal, resign from my job and live happily ever after as a successful author.
Unsurprisingly I didn’t pull that off, and then babies and work took over for a good few years.
It wasn’t until my 40s that I decided to explore writing again. I enrolled on an MA in Creative Writing at Lancaster University and prised the lid off a deep, bubbling, unfulfilled passion for creating stories, playing with plot, and developing characters who would take me on thrillingly unpredictable journeys.
Since then, I have published three books: two for children, one for adults. I’ve been longlisted in two major international prizes: the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition and the Mslexia Novel Competition. And I’ve reached the scouting programme of Cornerstones Literary Agency.
I am fascinated by what drives human behaviour, and by the avalanche of unintended consequences that a single decision can trigger. My stories unravel with humour and compassion, or fear and tension – sometimes all four, depending on the novel.
I’m currently working on another adult fiction, inspired by a huge box of WW2 love letters I inherited. It’s an exciting and daunting project, and one that’s been at the back of my mind for some time. You can follow my progress on my blog.