Welcome to my writing world, where you’ll find me passionate about fiction, especially finding voices for women facing the challenges everyday life throws our way.
I grew up in the village of Bussage, near Stroud, in the Cotswolds, returning to my birth town of Cheltenham as a teenager. My first encounter of an author was chats over the garden wall between my father and Mrs Cooper, from the neighbouring village of Bisley. It came as quite a surprise in later life to find that Mrs Cooper was in fact Jilly Cooper! My writing inspiration now comes from other Cotswolds authors including Jill Mansell and Katie Fforde, as well as great saga writers, Maeve Binchy and Maureen Lee.
I write contemporary women’s fiction with a light-hearted tone. What interests me most is people, their interactions, emotions and relationships, which is probably why I’m also studying psychology with the Open University at present. I am passionate about mental health matters and, one day, I hope to be able to provide therapy in the form of writing, to those in need of it.
I’m a graduate of the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme and must attribute this supportive and informative scheme to the achievements in my writing career to date, including my debut novel, Meet Me at Number Five. If you are an aspiring romantic novelist, I can’t advocate this scheme enough.