Welcome to my website and thanks for stopping by. I have been writing for as long as I can remember and my very first attempt at a ‘novel’ was completed in weekly instalments, which I took along to horse shows every weekend for my friends to read. My sister was a brilliant showjumper and I was the annoying little sister, who could barely stay on a horse but who tagged along each week anyway. I was also a huge Jilly Cooper fan and Scandal (as the story was somewhat unimaginatively called) featured our friends from the horse shows and was a thinly veiled rip-off of Riders. I’d love to find the manuscript now, as I’m sure it was hilariously bad, but it did make me extremely popular for a while with the other teenagers at the horse shows, who were always really keen to read the next instalment.
Fast forward more than twenty years and family life, along with a busy teaching job, meant that I didn’t get much chance to write. Then a brush with cancer changed everything and I decided it was now or never, so I finally sat down and wrote my first novel. After a few near misses, I was lucky enough to land a publishing deal and the rest, as they say, is history.
I am currently working on my seventeenth book and I’ve had contracts with a number of publishing houses including Accent Press, part of the Headline group, Ulverscroft large print, and Whole Story Audio, although the majority of my novels are published through Fabrian Books. I’ve had sixteen Amazon bestsellers and, even better than that, I’ve had emails and messages from total strangers telling me that they love something I’ve written. That’s a total dream come true for that young girl who passed around a dog-eared manuscript of Scandal to a small group of friends.
I set a lot of my stories on the coast, particularly in Kent and Cornwall, but I also have novels set in London, the Scottish Highlands and New York city. I live in the furthest south east corner of the UK, so close to the sea that I’m almost French, with my husband, two children and two dogs. In the last year I’ve been lucky enough to get to the stage where I can drink tea and make stuff up on a full time basis, although I’m still doing a bit of teaching just in case!
I hope you enjoy having a meander around my website and thanks again for coming to find me.