My writing has been published in national and international newspapers and magazines but always under the byline of others, because I was a PR consultant.


Now it's my turn.

First step, finish a piece of work. In drawers in our house are lots of unpublished poems, fragments of short stories and beginnings of novels. Then about three years ago, a compelling story idea came to me and wouldn't let go.

That was the spur. I finished Meadow, my first novel, and I'm now looking to sign with an agent who handles historical fiction. Read an extract here

I'm thrilled that my short story, The Undiscovered Tribe, is shortlisted for the LoveReading Very Short Story Award 2019. It is the first short story I've ever finished. 

I live in Maidenhead with the man I met on the first day of university, now my husband. Our two daughters have grown and flown; I miss them, but the spare time I now have for writing is some consolation, *puts fist in air*.

Favourite authors

Thomas Hardy, Charles Dickens, Iris Murdoch, Kent Haruf, Marilynne Robinson, Hannah Kent, Diane Setterfield, John Steinbeck, Isabel Allende, Hilary Mantel, Donna Tartt, Jessie Burton, Elene Ferrante, Nancy Mitford, Sarah Winman, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Margaret Atwood.

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