I have written stories for as long as I can remember. My first readers were my classmates when I was about 14 years old - I used to write steamy serials (12-15 episodes each) on exercise book paper! And I still write every word in pencil on A4 narrow feint paper before transferring it to my computer.
novels - The Hillsbridge series, beginning with THE BLACK MOUNTAINS,
are based on my home town, Radstock, which was once the centre
of the Somerset Coalfield. My father had worked as a 'carting
boy' and THE BLACK MOUNTAINS, though fictional, includes many
true stories he told me of him and his family.
Of all the
books I have written, my favourite is ORIENTAL HOTEL - my definitive
romance. Recently I have much enjoyed writing gothic romances,
and hope to soon produce a crime novel.
When I am
not writing, I enjoy amateur theatre - acting, singing and directing
- and walking my little Italian dog, Millie. I work out at the
gym and swim four or five times a week.
I have two
daughters and four grandchildren - Tabitha, Barnaby, and
Daniel, and Amelia, - I absolutely adore being a grandma. The children
are a constant joy and I am lucky to live within an hour's drive
of all of them.
I also love
travelling - researching exotic backgrounds gives me the perfect
excuse! And on more relaxing trips to Spain and the Canaries I
like nothing better than sitting on the patio in the sun with
a glass of wine at my elbow whilst I write my next chapter.