Before writing novels, I worked in teaching and publishing. Before that, I was bringing up my family, while also studying for a degree, working in various pubs and offices, and quietly writing short stories and the odd not-brilliant poem. Before that, I was the daughter of an RAF officer, forever moving and managing to notch up fourteen schools - hence the late degree.
I love writing. I love going into the zone, then looking up and seeing four hours have passed. I love interacting with my characters, who, unlike real people, do exactly as I tell them. Actually, that’s not entirely true, as they often take me by surprise, or even take over the story, or the story itself takes charge – for example, there might be a knock at the door and I have no idea who’s there. Those random moments make writing even more fun. Also, if I don’t know what’s going to happen, neither, hopefully, will the reader.
I’m also an occasional property doer-upper, a keen, if not always successful cook, and a devourer of all types of books, including many crime and psychological-suspense novels. I love hanging out with my ever-expanding family and my friends, but am also content spending hours and hours alone with my thoughts – an essential trait for a novelist.
I’ve written ten novels, the latest of which is a departure from the earlier romantic comedies. The American’s Cousin is the first in a crime series and introduces Edie Fox, private investigator. I’ve tried to retain some of the humour of previous novels, while creating an increasingly menacing and dangerous situation for my protagonist. I do hope you’ll enjoy it.
I live in Oxford (beautiful, intellectual, multicultural) with my lovely husband, but am often in Brighton (grand, vibrant, edgy), where my son and his family live.
Publication of The American’s Cousin on Published(June 2017). Buy Now
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I’m currently writing the second book in the Edie Fox series. While the investigation business potters along quietly, Edie turns to extending and refurbishing her newly empty nest. I won’t give too much away, in case you haven’t read the first in the series, The American’s Cousin… however, I can tell you that a young woman approaches the agency, claiming to have had a near-death experience in which she witnessed something extremely suspicious, and potentially life threatening - to herself. She can’t go to the police because they’d laugh her out of the building. Will Edie do the same?
All is Not Forgotten - Wendy Walker. Beautifully written, informative and increasingly creepy.
The Wrong Side of Goodbye – Michael Connelly (Harry Bosch series). A safe pair of storytelling hands. His Lincoln Lawyer series is wittier, but I prefer the more pedestrian Bosch – have read them all.
I Found You – Lisa Jewell. As good as all her other novels!
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