A Yorkshire lass at heart, I’m glad to say I outgrew my rebellious teenage vow never to be stuck in the suburbs with a husband and the obligatory two kids . . . I’m happily married, have two almost-independent adult offspring, and it turns out I don’t mind suburbia after all!
We share space with a Jekyll and Hyde cat that alternates between being obsessively affectionate and viciously psychotic. Antiseptic cream is always close at hand.
I’ve loved writing for as long as I can remember. It went on the back burner while I juggled work and bringing up a family, but as the kids grew older and I started to write again, it was like rediscovering an old love. When I’m writing, my characters magically take over and I’m caught up in their story – until I realise my son has no clean socks, the casserole is burning and the cat is jumping on my keyboard because I’ve neglected to feed her for . . . oh, at least forty minutes.
When I’m not writing, it goes without saying that I love to read, especially authors who can take me out of myself and into another world. To name but a few:
- Andrea Camilleri (mystery, humour and great characters)
- P.G. Wodehouse (such a wonderful turn of phrase)
- Alexander McCall Smith’s tales of Mma Ramotswe (uplifting and thought-provoking)
- Mary Stewart (old-fashioned feisty heroines)
- Nora Roberts (pure romance and a good helping of sizzle!)
I also enjoy coffee with friends, scrapbooking and old 70s and 80s TV shows (Magnum, Cagney & Lacey, Starsky & Hutch . . .)
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