I was born in 1960 and grew up in London, transferring to Nottingham for university. I am now firmly rooted in the East Midlands – I love the friendly people and heady cultural mix, and hopping across to the Peak District to walk.
My work background is mental health, advocacy and community development, interrupted occasionally by my own mental health problems and bringing up my wonderful son who is now a commercial photographer.
I came to writing late, at nearly 40, during a gap between jobs – a period when I also studied theology. I hate having time on my hands so I thought: I’ll write that book I’ve always talked about – and I did! Since then I’ve written three novels, a humorous theological book, short stories and poetry. I’ve also had a series of articles published in the Quaker magazine the Friend.
Now in my 50s, I find myself juggling time between caring responsibilities and my writing. My dad’s journey into dementia has been both a challenge and an opportunity, and shown me that every difficult situation can also be a blessing if we are open to it…
Some favourite memories and places
- My pink bellbottom trousers with tartan inserts!
- Listening to Supertramp’s Asylum at top volume while depressed at university
- My son experimenting with hairstyles when he was in his early teens
- The west coast of Scotland
- Heathland anywhere (Preferably with sunshine)
- My lovely succession of cats: Trouble, Johnny and Corky
- Getting my tattoo
- My friends squeezing into the rowing boat in my back garden (no, it doesn’t float!) for a photo at my birthday tea