I live in Brighton, on the south coast, the town where I was born. Brighton is a great place to find inspiration for my writing, as is the lovely Sussex countryside around. Most of my working life was spent in the public sector, mainly in health and education. I have always written in one form or another but it was only after I gave up the ‘day job’ as an admin manager at Brighton University that I set out to write my first novel.
I’m a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, having first joined as a member of the brilliant New Writers’ Scheme, then ‘graduated’ to full membership when Remarkable Things was published. I belong to a blog group called The Write Romantics and I’m a member of a Brighton group called Beach Hut Writers.
I find entering competitions great fun and was lucky enough to be awarded fourth place twice in the Mail on Sunday novel competition.
As a change from writing I like watercolour painting. It’s great fun, and very relaxing. I’ve just taken up yoga – shall see how that goes! My husband and I belong to the National Trust and love visiting the beautiful houses and gardens. We’re lucky to have a number of them in and around Sussex and nearby Kent.
I read a great deal too, well, naturally… Some of my many favourite authors are Lisa Jewell, Kate Atkinson, Deborah Moggach, Ian McEwan, David Nicholls, Louise Douglas and Louise Doughty. I enjoy reading poetry, too. I’m a great fan of Sir John Betjeman; his poems tell the most wonderful stories.
If you follow me on Facebook, you’ll know I’m more than a bit potty about cats! This is our cat, Chester, in the photo. Unfortunately, Chester has made it plain he has to be an ‘only cat’, otherwise I might give in to temptation when I visit the Cats’ Protection Centre at Chelwood Gate and see all the lovely cats needing homes.